Calling for all promising media startups!

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Every year the Global Editor’s Network rewards the best startups that address various newsroom challenges through dynamic and innovative products and services

Fotokite pitching at the GEN Summit in 2015. Picture: Global Editor’s Network

The Global Editors Network, in partnership with, is running the seventh edition of Startups for News, an international competition that rewards early-stage startups working on high-impact and daring solutions for the news industry.

Too often newsrooms lack the financial and technical resources to build in-house tools they need to create and distribute quality content. Startups for News introduces them to cutting-edge and easy to use tools that can accelerate their work and are compatible with their values.

The acceleration and development of these promising, early-stage media startups is done through worldwide exposure, networking with senior media executives, and private mentorship from the GEN’s board members who include the deputy editor of Le Monde, and some of the most experienced journalists in the world.

Every year GEN selects the best startups that address various newsroom challenges through dynamic and innovative products and services. An international jury selects about 16 startups who will face off in online pitch battles. The jury members make up a panel representing six continents, and hail from renowned newsrooms, prestigious foundations or with an entrepreneurial background.

Eight finalists will be chosen from the online pitch battles and be invited to the GEN Summit in Lisbon, where they will get to pitch in front of 800 editors-in-chief and media executives.

The winner of the Startups for News competition receives mentorship from the jury and GEN board members as well as international exposure. The winner also receives exhibition space at the GEN Summit the following year worth 7,000 Euros.

The clock is ticking: the application deadline is on 1 January 2018!

Read more on the competition, its rules and its jury on the Startups for News website, and apply before it is too late.

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