Innovation Fund Open Call: Resist and Rebuild

by: | Feb 01, 2017

We are excited to announce the 6th Open Call for the New Media Ventures Innovation Fund!

New Media Ventures is a seed fund and network of investors and donors financing media and technology startups that build advocacy movements, create new narratives and drive civic engagement. Over the past 6 years, we have financed such powerful social change startups as Upworthy, responsible for making social good content go viral, and SumOfUs, a 10 million member movement for corporate accountability.

The New Media Ventures Innovation Fund finances early-stage, for-profit and nonprofit startups with $50K, participation in NMV’s startup support program and access to NMV’s network of angel investors.

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In 2017, we’re investing in the future. Join us!

by: | Jan 20, 2017

Map of election resultsOn this Presidential inauguration day, we’re thinking a lot about the challenges in store for us in 2017. Over the next months and years, our focus will be to resist but also to rebuild, by helping to create the future we want to live in. We will be particularly focused at the intersection of media, technology, civic engagement and advocacy, where innovation can have an incredible impact. We’re thinking about how to make media work better for our democracy and look forward to your perspective to help sharpen our thinking.

We’re getting straight to work, and hope you’ll join us! We will be issuing the next Innovation Fund Open Call on Feb 1. During this Open Call, we will look for ways to burst filter bubbles, fight fake news and dark influence, seamlessly bring people together online and in-person to take action, and more.

Apply for the New Tools Shoutout at the BISC Conference

by: | Jan 05, 2017

We’re taking the New Tools Shoutout, a Netroots Nation favorite, on the road!

This winter, we’re partnering with BISC to bring the Shoutout to this year’s Road Ahead conference (Feb 1-3 in Las Vegas). We want to feature YOU and the technology you’ve created and/or used to make organizing easier and more engaging.

During this breakout, selected applicants will have the opportunity to pitch an app, product or technology that they’ve built or recently used directly from the Road Ahead stage. This is a great opportunity to showcase your work to peers, practitioners and potential partners.

Apply for the New Tools Shoutout by end of day on Monday, January 17th

The tools featured in this breakout must meet the following criteria:

  1. Applicants must demonstrate the impact this tool will have on the campaigns themselves and/or the field at large.

We’re hiring! Communications and Fundraising Associate

by: | Dec 07, 2016

We’re hiring a Communications and Fundraising Associate to grow our small but mighty team. It’s an incredible time right now at the intersection of tech, media and justice, and we’re excited to bring some new talent onboard to help us take our impact to the next level.

Your responsibilities:

  • Contribute to our external communications by developing a communications calendar, drafting posts for our Medium publication, managing our social media channels and sending out our newsletters
  • Support our fundraising work by drafting grant proposals and reports, managing our salesforce database and managing our calendar of donor cultivation events
  • Manage relationships with external vendors such as graphic designers and web developers
  • Pitch-in as needed to refresh our marketing collateral, organize events and more

The ideal candidate is a detail-oriented person with impeccable communication skills who will thrive in a fast-paced environment.

Making Money for Impact: 10 Approaches to Revenue for Social Change

Nov 17, 2016
Making Money for Impact

For impact-driven organizations, making money isn’t just about hitting the bottom line. It’s about resilience. Revenue is the means by which we make — and continue to grow — our impact. In the context of last week’s election results, the financial sustainability of impact-driven organizations is more critical than ever to ensure that the progress we’ve made on social, racial and environmental justice continues forward.

Mission-driven groups have historically experienced a tension between revenue and impact. This raises an important question: how might you grow your revenue and impact in tandem? The earlier you tackle that question, the more resilient your organization or business will be.

At New Media Ventures, we invest in startups that build movements, create new narratives and drive civic engagement. We’ve reviewed hundreds of companies and organizations for investment and have proudly financed more than 40 impact startups. We invest in companies like Upworthy,

The Results Are In! Innovation Fund 5.0 Winners

by: | Nov 16, 2016

We have just funded 6 great startups via the Innovation Fund! In our summer Open Call, we received a record 220 applications and we couldn’t be more thrilled about the work of the innovators who are joining our portfolio of changemakers.

We were lucky to work with an incredible screening committee of 10 experts, ranging from a program officer at the Open Society Foundations to a partner from the leading venture accelerator 500 Startups, who helped us evaluate the applications and choose the most promising ones.

Together, these 6 startups embody what New Media Ventures is all about: 2 startups are applying cutting-edge technology such as live video and virtual reality in new ways to advance social and environmental causes (Mobil-Eyes Us, Owlized), 2 are engaging and mobilizing underrepresented communities in creative and scalable ways (MPower Change,

NMV’s Fit Test: What We Fund (and What We Don’t)

by: | Aug 05, 2016

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The Open Call for the New Media Ventures Innovation Fund closed a few weeks ago. We have just passed the first milestone in the diligence process:  we eliminated applicants from our evaluation pool because they did not fit within our funding focus.

We got a record number of applications with this open call – a 25% increase compared to our Open Call last winter. We’re glad the word is spreading about the Innovation Fund! In addition, 65% of applicants reported having a woman on the leadership team, and 60% reported having a person of color on their leadership team. We couldn’t be more proud that the Open Call helps reach innovators that are too often overlooked by traditional investors.

86% of applicants reported that is was easy or somewhat easy to assess whether their work was a fit for NMV’s investment scope.

Philanthropists: Join the Civic Tech movement!

by: | Jun 24, 2016

In a world where we spend a growing share of our lives online, those of us working to foster civic participation must embrace technology and reach people where they are.

In May, we participated in a panel on civic technology at the Funders Committee for Civic Participation (FCCP). We just summarized some of the key highlights from the discussion and are calling philanthropists to lead and support this movement.

We are curious to hear your reactions. Join the conversation on Medium.

Philanthropists: Join the Civic Tech movement!