Five new start-ups have reached the third round of the next media accelerator programme, reports said Tuesday (October 11th). They are SuperMashAppBros from Finland, Stadeom from Israel, Minty from Slovakia; Snappd from Scotland and Shouts from Hamburg and will receive EUR 50,000 in financial support and mentoring over six months. Nico Lumma, COO of next media accelerator, said: “The new batch proves again the amount of innovation and potential of founders in the media environment.”
SuperMashAppBros – monetising Facebook’s live videos
The Finnish multi-channel entertainment company SuperMashAppBros aims to make videos more useful and interactive across all channels. Kalle Määttä and Wesa Aapro founded SuperMashAppBros. Their storytelling application is proving a hit among Finnish users as it improves the monetization of Facebook’s live videos.
Stadeom links up sports fans
The Stadeom platform for creating user generated video stories is another finalist. Users can watch sport events there and comment on them in short video clips. The Israeli start-up was founded by Yaniv Solnik and Gloria Conciello to link up sports fans with each other regardless of where they are watching the event.
Minty links up art buyers and artists
The Slovakians Feri Kocurik, Petra Kemkova and Andrej Kiszling set up Minty in 2004. The platform offers top quality illustrations for sale and connects art buyers with artists. Their start-up is entering a new phase of development thanks to the next media accelerator. The platform allows professional illustrators, designers and art directors to choose artists and illustrators for the platform. The artists just have to upload their work per drag and drop.
Snappd: The Home of Vertical Video
The Scottish start-up Snappd is relying on vertical video storytelling known from Snapchat. Influencers can show the videos to their followers later. Creeshla Doherty und Russell Barnard, the founders of Snappd, aim to make the platform the “The Home of Vertical Video”.
Shouts proving popular among young people
Shouts is based in Hamburg and also new to the accelerator programme. Shouts is a mobile, social network that shows photos of people nearby. The app is already proving popular with young people. The founders Thorsten Rohmann und Jan Beuck aim to grow the company with the next media accelerator.
Investments in AdTriba, spectrm & Pushapps
The shareholders of next media accelerator are: Axel Springer Digital Ventures GmbH, dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH, Gruner+Jahr GmbH & Co. KG, Libri GmbH, Local Publisher Pool (LPP) GbR, medien:holding nord GmbH, Spiegel Futur Zwei GmbH, Weischer.Media GmbH & Co. KG, Zeitverlag Gerd Bucerius GmbH & Co. KG and 2 Welten Investment GmbH. The accelerator, initiated by dpa, has already invested in start-ups such as spectrm in Berlin, Pushapps in Israel, AdTriba in Hamburg and WePolitics in Athens.