About us: The NMA team
About Us

Together we run the next media accelerator

About us:

Initiated in 2015 next media accelerator is the leading pan-European startup program for innovation in media & marketing.

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

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

We are proud to be members of GAN, a highly curated community of accelerators, partners, and investors.

That’s us


Managing 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 20 years. Nico started his career in online marketing, then pioneered blogging and Social Media in Germany. He has been scouting, advising and investing in startups since 2000.


Program Manager

Being surrounded by people from different countries makes Julia feel at home. A journalist with a MA in Media & Globalization, she enjoys learning from startups and using communications as a way to keep the community together.


Managing Partner

Christoph Hüning has a degree in business mathematics and shows a track record as consultant and entrepreneur in digital media and communication industries since 1999. His focus is to connect our startups with media companies and investors to foster the digital media landscape.


Senior Advisor

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.


Office and Event Manager

Elizabeta is the empathetic welcoming face of the NMA. Not only as the Office Manager but also with her strong skills in event organization the multitalent is a positive driving force in the NMA orbit.

Dr. Tanja

Innovation Expert and Coordinator EU Projects

Tanja has always been there where media innovation happens. She started her career in different leading roles in the TV business. In 2016 she received her doctorate at the Filmuniversity Babelsberg and published her thesis “Innovation Management for New TV”. She now brings all her experience to the EU projects (namely STADIEM and MediaFutures), the NMA is involved in.

Fernanda Rojas Aizpuru

Junior Project Manager

Inspired by entrepreneurship and the empowerment of new ideas Fernanda gives a business-oriented perspective to the NMA team. As an MSc Business Development candidate, she provides guidance at identifying value propositions, mapping business strengths, and developing strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders

Some Mentors


Tobias Spoerer

Tobias Spoerer

CEO at Elbkind Reply GbmH.

Anja Boencke

Anja Boencke

Senior Product Owner at Axel Springer

Alkisti Malami

Alkisti Malami

Business Director at Geometry Global

Philipp Haberstock

Philipp Haberstock

Professor of Finance, Strat. Management and Entrepreneurship

Andreas Gebhard

Andreas Gebhard

Founder at Forward Momentum, LLC; Mentor at German Accelerator, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Formerly of Matter, Getty Images and Washington Post.

German Gustafsson

German Gustafsson

Management Consultant Transformation, Organisational and Process Development

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