startups

We Just Funded 5 Great Startups!

by: | Nov 25, 2015

We’re proud to announce that the New Media Ventures Innovation Fund is funding five startups working at the intersection of media, culture and citizen engagement with $50,000 for each. Together Hearken, Blavity, The Culture Lab, Contratados.org and ParentsTogether diversify voices in the public space, foster civic engagement and drive culture toward support for progressive change.

Democratize MediaThe work of these organizations is mutually reinforcing. Blavity and Hearken expand the range of voices and topics represented in the media, creating community engagement. By helping to shift the norms of our culture, The Culture Lab lays a popular foundation to support change. Building the power of previously under-represented groups lets Contratados.org and ParentsTogether expand civic engagement and create advocates. No one of these efforts alone is sufficient for progressive change – each supports the others.

If you’d like to support these startups’ critical work, you can contact us. Investors can provide funding directly, or through the Innovation Fund. We are also seeking advisors and mentors to provide the startups with guidance and help them expand their reach.

A big THANK YOU to everyone who made this possible so far – in particular our screening committee members and the Innovation Fund supporters.

Here’s what the startups we just funded do:

Video: the challenge with Civic Tech

by: | Aug 20, 2015

Earlier this month, I did a lightning talk on the challenges of growing a civic tech startup at a CivicMakers event in San Francisco.  It’s short and pretty funny, at least if you’re a civic tech geek 🙂