Together we run the next media accelerator

Who we are

next media accelerator was initiated by the German Press Agency (dpa) and founded in 2015 in Hamburg by several independent partners in order to offer media related startups a place to succeed.

10+International Media Partners

25+nma Investors


A strong ecosystem of startups, media partners, mentors and investors

We have sucessfully built during the past years a strong international community. With several partners on board in USA, Europe and Israel, we aim to become the largest hub for media innovation in Europe.

The team

We are a mixed team made up of serial entrepreneurs, business angels, digital natives, startup junkies and professionals of the media industry who believe in change and entrepreneurial power.

  • Nico LummaManaging Partner

    Nico Lumma hasn’t been offline since 1995. He likes exploring new things and has been a part of the German startup scene for 15 years. Most recently he helped launching the mobile classifieds app Stuffle.

  • Meinolf EllersManaging Partner

    Meinolf Ellers has driven innovation inside of dpa since 1996. Always interested in what’s next, he founded Scoopcamp to explore new ideas in journalism. Meinolf’s ambition is to constantly push the digital transformation of the media industry.

  • Dirk ZeilerManaging Partner

    Dirk Zeiler successfully founded, and UmzugEasy. He built up the YouIsNow Lab for Immobilienscout24 and launched the E.ON:agile accelerator. Dirk is an active Business Angel and invests in startups in Europe and the US.

  • Sabela GarciaProgram Manager

    Witnessing how business ideas turn into reality gives Sabela goosebumps. You will find her at the accelerator working with the startup teams or attending some hackathon or startup event in Europe, USA and Israel.

  • Bianca BartlingOffice Manager

  • Julia Mandil Communications Manager

  • Lerato NgwenyaLegal Counsel & Investment Portfolio Manager


  • Heidrun Twesten

    Managing Partner Impacct GmbH

  • Marc Schwieger

    Geschäftsführender Gesellschafter at PUSHH

  • Malte Goesche

    Startegic Products Partnership at Facebook

  • André Basse

    Managing Director at SPIEGEL Tech Lab GmbH

  • Andreas Ollmann


Our network, investors and partners include

Interested in our 6 months program? Apply now.