Startups for News

Accelerate your Newsroom

Why Startups for News?

  • For Editors

    -Discover a careful selection of startups that will shape the future of journalism
    -Be the first to access startups that will boost their newsrooms and give them a competitive edge
     -Get a fresh perspective on media innovation from the most cutting-edge entrepreneurs.

    Last Season's Startups
  • For Startups

    -Get recognised by industry leaders and noticed by new partners 
    -Access senior media executives in intimate settings at the GEN Summit and benefit from their feedback, insights, and connections 
    -Get exposure in the media industry and secure media coverage

    More about the GEN Summit
  • For the Winner

    The winner receives:
    -Private mentoring sessions with our board members
    -Stand in the prestigious expo at the GEN Summit 2017. More about the expo here
    -Great exposure to our powerful network of media innovators through GEN’s social media channels and our newsletter 

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Applications for the 2017 Startups for News Competition are now open. More details about the competition here.

What happened in season 5?

During the fifth season, GEN, in partnership with Futurezone.at, Journalism.co.uk, Storyful and Telekom Austria Group, Vienna Business Agency and the Austrian Chamber of Commerce (Wirtschaftskammer Österreich), selected 16 startups that faced off through online pitch battles. The public voted for their favorite startup. The 8 winning teams were invited to pitch at the GEN Summit 2016.


And the winner is ...

The winner of the 2016 Startups for News competition is the innovative speech-to-text startup Trint. Its browser-based platform converts any audio or video file to text in minutes. Trint’s interactive editor marries audio to the text, making it easy to search and polish transcripts to perfection. Hours of tedious labour are reduced to just minutes.

Valossa came very close and won an honourable mention. Valossa  created a proprietary AI platform which understands the deep content data of videos and provides novel solutions for discovery, content production and contextual advertising.

What happened in season 4?

From January to May 2015, GEN showcased 16 cutting-edge startups. These 16 startups faced off through online pitch battles. Every two weeks, the video presentations of two startups working on a similar theme were posted on the GEN website. The public voted for their favorite startup. The 8 winning teams won a free ticket to the GEN Summit in June 2015.


Fotokite demoing its drone at the GEN Summit

The Winner of Season 4: SourceRise

The winner of the season 4 of Startups for News was SourceRise

After its victory, SourceRise was featured in Poynter, Journalism.co.uk, The Monday Note, to name just a few publications. 

What happened in Season 3 ?

The Winner of Season 3 : Coda Story

Coda 3


Coda Story is a single-issue web platform that reports on one crisis at a time and stays with it, providing unique depth, continuity and understanding. Bringing together innovative design and the best of traditional journalism, Coda Story offers a new way of covering crises.  

The Startup was presented by Natalia Antelava and Philip O’Dwyer. To see the presentation, click here and to read more about Coda, click here. You can also learn more about Coda in Wired and in Fast Company 

Wibbitz came very close and won an honourable mention. Wibbitz re-packages textual content into rich and informative video summaries that can be watched conveniently on mobile screens, at home or on-the-go.

What happened in Season 2?


Datawrapper won the competition. Datawrapperis an open source tool helping everyone to create simple, correct and embeddable charts in minutes.

- This little tool reduces the time needed to create a correct chart and embed it into any website from hours to seconds. It makes charting easy, and helps you avoiding common pitfalls.

- Datawrapper is 100% free software. Anyone can use this free hosted service, or install it on their own server for maximum control. Written in PHP, Datawrapper is easy to install, modify and extend.

- The users can customize the charts layout, fonts and colors to make them integrate nicely in their websites. 

Datawrapper's userbase includes the biggest newsrooms worldwide such as The Guardian, The Washington Post, Buzzfeed, Vox, The Wall Street Journal, etc. 

You can learn more about Datawrapper in Journalism.co.uk and in The Next Web

The Winner of Season 1 : Teleportd


Teleportd won the first edition of the competition. This startup developed an Instagram Marketing Suite for brands looking to understand and boost their presence on Instagram. You can read about Teleportd in The Next Web and in Le Monde.