500 Applications to Resist & Rebuild

by: | May 01, 2017

NMV’s “Resist and Rebuild” Open Call closed in March, and we were eager to know whether the energy we’ve seen on the national stage would translate into a boost in applications. The verdict is in: we received a record-breaking 500 applications – almost twice as many as our last open call!

From filter bubbles and misinformation to storytelling and new models for journalism, this year’s applicants are really swinging for the fences. We’ve been impressed by the variety of inspiring projects, and see some early themes emerging. 

Can We Make Media Better? We See Reason to Hope.

by: | Apr 27, 2017

In late 2016, we published some reflections on how social media undermined our democracy in the last election. Rarely have the challenges of media been on starker display than they are today. If we’re going to address the issues facing our democracy and spark meaningful civic participation, media needs to improve. Luckily, we see real opportunities to reshape how media works. By challenging media’s ad-driven business model, we can support better content. And harnessing social media for authentic two-way conversations can significantly boost engagement. In this follow-up piece, you can read more about why we see reason for hope. We’d love to hear what you think!

Seeking our 2017 MBA Summer Fellow: Apply Now!

by: | Apr 03, 2017

We are now accepting applications for the 2017 New Media Ventures Summer Fellowship.

NMV Summer Fellows are MBA students who are either currently attending business school or have just graduated. They will spend the summer 2017 with the New Media Ventures team (exact dates are flexible).

The role:

This is a great opportunity to roll-up your sleeves and get practical experience in venture impact investing. You will:

  • Evaluate New Media Ventures’ impact by refining our methodology and surveying our investors and the startups in our portfolio
  • Deepen your expertise in impact investing for progressive change by contributing to our thought-leadership
  • Work with a team of kick-ass, passionate people at the cutting edge of innovation and democracy

About You:

You want to use your sharp analytical skills to evaluate business models, and are lit up by the opportunity to drive social change.

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.

Apply

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,