7th Innovation Fund Open Call: Shift the Story

by: | Jan 08, 2018

We are excited to announce the Open Call for the New Media Ventures Innovation Fund! Apply now and spread the word!

Over the past year, we have seen alarming attacks on vulnerable communities and rising threats to democratic institutions, including the media. Instead of giving in to outrage and overwhelm, organizations are working overtime, new voices are emerging, and a new generation of activists is on the move. But if we are going to win on the issues, win hearts and minds, and win at the ballot box, we must do more. We must ask ourselves, “how can we shift the story, shape an inspiring and inclusive narrative, and change the course of history?”

NMV is eager to support startups that are:

  1. Changing Hearts & Minds. We are living through an era of historic media disruption, with lasting implications for our personal, political, and civic lives. Whether you’re focused on increasing empathy, strengthening journalism, shaping narratives, leveraging new content platforms, or developing tools for listening, analytics and amplification… we want to hear from you. We’re also eager to hear about new business models that reward quality and engagement, solutions that elevate new and diverse voices, and creative distribution strategies to ensure content reaches new audiences, beyond echo chambers.
  2. Building Movements for the Future. Civic engagement is on the rise, and movements for justice are gaining traction across the US, but our technology and tools often remain stuck in the past. Are you building technology or tools that mobilize citizens, make campaigns more efficient, or blend digital and grassroots organizing? We can’t wait to hear about your work. We’re especially interested in tools for distributed and networked movements, technology that helps coordinate volunteers, campaigns, and candidates, and innovations that facilitate conversations and decision-making.

Are you ready to take your project to the next level? We want to hear about it. Apply before February 2, at 11:59pm PT.

We want to make sure we’re seeing the full range of progressive tech and media projects that are ready for investment. Please help us spread the word!

  • Send this announcement to three entrepreneurs and thought leaders in your community (or better yet, your whole list!).
  • Share the announcement on social media: .@newmediaventure is now accepting applications for the 2018 Innovation Fund: #ShiftTheStory. Are you working to change hearts & minds and build movements for the future? Apply before Feb 2. Details: http://ow.ly/zXzW30hEEYB

New Media Ventures is a seed fund and angel network investing in media and technology startups that support advocacy movements, create new narratives, and drive civic engagement. The NMV Innovation Fund finances early-stage, for-profit and nonprofit startups with seed funding ($50-250K). Selected startups receive virtual acceleration support and have access to NMV’s network of angel investors for follow-on capital, connections, and advice.

Over the past 7 years, NMV has supported some of the fastest-growing social change startups – both for-profit and nonprofit – including Blavity, SwingLeft, SumOfUs and Vote.org. Last year, our Resist & Rebuild fund mobilized more than $4M to 17 amazing startups working to protect vulnerable populations, resist attacks on our democracy, and build tools and technology for campaigns. We can’t wait to see what’s next.


We are hosting an informational webinar on Thursday, January 18, 2018 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (PST). Register to attend here. We also encourage you to check-out our extensive FAQs to learn more about whether you’re a good fit for NMV. For any other questions, please email us directly.  

Good luck!

Note: New Media Ventures typically solicits applications for funding twice a year via our Innovation Fund Open Call. We also review applications for later-stage startups throughout the year, email innovationfund@newmediaventures.org directly if you’re raising a larger round of funding and would like to chat.