NMA is part of two innovation-centered projects by the European Union

The next media accelerator (NMA) is delighted to announce that it is part of two projects funded by the European Union. They are set to shape the future of media within the realm of the European Research and Innovation program Horizon 2020: MediaFutures and STADIEM. Both focus on fostering cross-border cooperation and on strengthening the ties amongst the key players within the innovative sector. MediaFutures is centered around creatives and entrepreneurs whereas STADIEM is connecting accelerators, sandboxes and other Innovation Hubs. 

NMA Managing Partner Nico Lumma sees the projects as driving forces in media innovation: “At the NMA we are honoured to shape the future of media innovation within Europe by reinforcing our network and providing both established key players within the media industry and startup founders with new perspectives and opportunities for collaboration”.

“This again highlights the relevance of the topic: Innovation and digitization projects need to be on the agenda of every European publishing house.”, adds NMA Managing Partner Meinolf Ellers.

About MediaFutures – European Union Project 1

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The MediaFutures Project is set to create a data-driven European innovation hub for the media value chain with a special focus on the usage of data. Overall the project consists of three Calls – each holding three tracks – one for startups, one for artists and a third one that connects both groups. 

The NMA is in charge of acceleration and will take care of the tracks accelerating startups and the ones connecting entrepreneurs with artists. Applications for participating in the program can be submitted in the 1st Open Call open from November 2020 until end of January 2021. Startups will receive access to the broad network of the NMA and will profit from mentors and advisors.

Project kick-off was on September first and the project will run until August 31st of 2023. It is coordinated by the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University in Hannover, Germany, with its L3S Research Center. Its objective is setting up a transnational European data innovation hub that brings together startups, SMEs and artists in the media value chain to expand on standard models. New ways for people to engage with quality journalism, science education and democratic processes will be explored in joint products, services, digital artworks and experiences that will reshape the media value chain through innovative, inclusive and participatory applications of data and user-generated content. 

Besides the NMA there are nine partners involved: 

Institut de Recherche et de Coordination Acoustique musique – IRCAM (France), Den Institute (Belgium), Zabala Innovation Consulting, S.A. (Spain), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), Luiss Libera Università Internazionale Degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli (Italy), Fundacio Eurecat (Spain), Open Data Institute LbG (United Kingdom), King’s College London (United Kingdom).

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No 951962. 🇪🇺

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About STADIEM – European Union Project 2


The aim of the STADIEM EU project is to foster the success of European media startups by cross-border innovation, market growth development as well as pilot programs between startups and innovation hubs and other actors. There are more than 3 Million Euros available for funding.

The Role of the NMA will be to connect EU Hubs and to strengthen the European ecosystem for startups. To do so, the project encompasses two open calls as well as two programs. The calls will be kicked off in February 2021.

It got kicked off on October first 2020 and will run until September 30th 2023. The project is designed to tackle the following pain points: Cross-border scalability, startup to corporate to market tech transfer and availability of innovative media services in a Digital Single Market framework. Moreover, the goal of the project is to strengthen the ties between accelerators and sandboxes whilst focussing on technologies such as 5G, Cloud, IoT, VR, AR, AI and wearables. There are seven stakeholders participating in the project: Storytek Ou (Estonia), Media City Bergen As (Norway), the NMA (Germany), Martel GmbH (Switzerland), Union Européenne de Radio Télévision-Ebu (Switzerland), F6S Network Ireland Limited (Ireland).

The project is coordinated by De Vlaamse Radio en Televisie om Roeporganisatie NV (VRT).

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Disclaimer: The text reflects the author’s views. The European Commission is not liable for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.

About the NMA

The next media accelerator (NMA) is an independent accelerator funded by over 30 media outlets in Germany and Austria. NMA invests in early stage media tech startups from Europe, Israel and USA providing innovative solutions to disrupt the media.

Since its foundation in 2015, NMA has successfully built an alumni network of over 74 companies. During the past years a strong international community was created. With several partners on board in the USA, Europe and Israel, we aim to expand and strengthen the hub for media innovation in Europe.




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