The Accelerator is open to media entrepreneurs with scalable ventures building a more open and informed society. If you run a new or existing media organisation and have an outlet, service, business plan or prototype with the potential for wide reach among multiple language audiences across the region, including Russian speakers, then we want to hear from you. Participants will receive up to €10,000 in funding, access to world class mentors and support from leading tech, legal and finance experts to turn your plan into reality.
The media accelerator is a 4-month programme for media companies spanning all stages of development: from functional prototypes and viable business plans to those with more significant traction seeking to expand into the Baltic countries and international markets.
We encourage to submit your application in English or Russian as early as possible to maximise your chances of success. Teams who are successful at the first stage will be invited to submit a work plan, budgets, business model and team chart through an expanded application form.
Final candidates for the programme will be announced by 18 October 2017. If you’re interested in applying but unsure if you meet the application criteria then please get in touch with the project coordinator Olga Proskurova on email@example.com
We accept applications from existing media companies and startups who engage Baltic audiences (including Russian speakers) and have a product or service that could be scaled up with the help of industry leaders, financial grants and bespoke training.
To be eligible to participate in the programme you need to meet the following criteria:
Your project must engage Russian speaking audiences in one or more of the following countries: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania
You should have a viable plan for increasing audience share sustainably
Your project must be permanently based in Estonia, Latvia or Lithuania
You must be available to dedicate at least 8 hours per week to the accelerator between October 2017 and end of February 2018
Your applications will be reviewed and assessed by leading Baltic and international experts including:
Vice-rector for Creative Activities and Cooperation, Head of Media and Communication Study Area at Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School, Tallinn University, Estonia
Media consultant, Editor, Creator of media training programmes for editors, journalists and designers, Manager of Regional Programmes, Internews, Lithuania
CEO, Prototron Fund, Co-founder of Narva creative industry hub OBJEKT, running TEDxNarva and producing TV-show TECHnolik, Estonia
Executive Director, Baltic Centre for Media Excellence, former Broadcaster at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Latvia
Journalist, Assisted professor, Videzeme University of Applied Sciences, Adviser for media literacy projects, Latvia
Project Director, Freedom House, Lecturer at the Institute of International Relations and Political Science of Vilnius University, Lithuania
Account Director, International Department, Breakthrough Media, former Editor at The Calvert Journal and Vice, United Kingdom
Head of Capacity Building, Breakthrough Media, Expert in communications capacity building developed through work in the UK, Central and South Asia and the Middle East, United Kingdom
Baltic Media Accelerator Regional Manager, International Associate for Aktis Strategy, Former Editor-in-Chief of Russian Content Unit at LTV7, Latvia