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Startups for News Battles

Accelerate your Newsroom!

Choose your Favourite Startup!

From March to May, GEN, in partnership with Futurezone.at, Journalism.co.uk, Storyful and Telekom Austria Group, showcased 16 cutting-edge startups. These 16 startups faced off through online pitch battles. Every week, the video presentations of two startups working on a similar theme were posted on the GEN website. The public voted for their favourite startup. The 8 winning teams participated in the Startups for News Final which took place at the GEN Summit 2016 in Vienna.

 

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Eighth Battle: Gamification Made Easy

  • Dift.co

    Dift.co is an independent digital studio that specializes in developing solutions for media companies by focusing on gamification.

    Interview with Dift.co
  • Niwzii

    Niwzii turns current news into video games, supporting journalists to increase the reach, interaction and engagement of their work in minutes.

    Interview with Niwzii

And the winner is ...

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Congratulations to Niwzii! You will meet the Niwzii team at the GEN Summit where they will pitch on the main stage. 

Congratulations as well to the Argentinian startup Dift.co! We were very pleased to have them participate in our programme and wish them all the best!

Seventh Battle: The Future of Content Recommendation

And the winner is ...

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Congratulations to the Brazilian startup Flying Content! You will meet the Flying Content team at the GEN Summit where they will pitch on the main stage. 

Congratulations as well to Xminutes! We wish them all the best for their upcoming expansion that will surely be very beneficial to our network!

Sixth Battle: New Monetisation Solutions

  • Eureka King

    Eureka King is a data-driven platform that seamlessly plugs into a website or mobile app, to enable the business to capture more value from their online traffic, by delivering personalized and actionable experiences to each customer.

    Interview with Eureka King
  • HelloToken

    HelloToken enables content producers to earn 10x more than ads/paywalls by posing a simple, one-click question from market researchers to users. On the other side, HelloToken is a contextual survey tool that allows one to collect targeted responses within a few hours by tapping into our network of 10 million blog readers.

    Interview with HelloToken

And the winner is ...

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Congratulations to HelloToken! You will discover more about their product at the GEN Summit where they will pitch on the main stage. 

Congratulations as well to Eureka King! Discover more about their fantastic product here.

Fifth Battle: Maximise the power of eyewitnesses

  • Eyethere

    Eyethere is a P2P platform enabling you to create short-form video requests, on demand, and receive specific and personalised content from a pool of crowdsourced video shooters, within a specified deadline.

    Interview with Eyethere
  • Verifeye Media

    Verifeye Media is a technology-driven visual news agency for the smartphone age, representing freelancer journalists and accidental eyewitnesses.

    Interview with Verifeye Media

The Winner is ...

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Congratulations to Verifeye Media! You will meet the Verifeye Media team at the GEN Summit where they will pitch on the main stage. 

Congratulations as well to Eyethere! We wish them all the best for the lunch of their app.

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And the winner is ...

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Congratulations to Trint! You will meet the team and test their platform at the GEN Summit where they will pitch on the main stage. 

Congratulations as well to Qanda! You can download their great app here.

Third Battle: Engaging your Community

  • Civil

    Civil Comments lets site owners host civil, valuable comments at any scale.Civil uses a combination of crowdsourced pre-moderation and clever abuse-prevention algorithms to keep comment sections troll-free without expensive full-time moderation.

    Our Interview with Civil
  • Lemmeno

    Lemmeno is a powerful engagement and analytics solution, offering content creators an interactive “share widget”, enabling them to receive insights and comprehensive breakdowns of how their content is shared on all messaging and social platforms.

    Our Interview with Lemmeno

And the winner is ...

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Congratulations to Lemmeno! You will discover more about Lemmeno at the GEN Summit where they will pitch on the main stage. 

Congratulations as well to Civil! We are sure that their great product will make internet comment sections worth reading again!

Second Battle: Innovative Data Journalism Tools

  • LocalFocus

    • LocalFocus is an intuitive data management and visualisation platform that helps journalists collaborate on data-driven stories.
    • Editors can use its platform to quickly share, visualize and publish interesting datasets across the newsroom and beyond. The maps and charts generated with its platform can be used to enrich articles for both online ad print.
    • Most newsrooms in the Netherlands are already making use of LocalFocus service and the startup is planning on expanding abroad soon.
    Our Interview with LocalFocus
  • Sqoop

    • Sqoop helps journalists search and set alerts for federal public records, so far including the SEC, the US Patent Office and the federal court system.
    • Additionally, Sqoop helps reporters quickly assess the news value by providing enhanced filtering tools, document intelligence and alerting mechanisms. This saves reporters precious time, helps them uncover stories they wouldn’t otherwise find easily, and sometimes even gives them the scoop.
    • After having been on the market for less than a year, 1 in 3 business journalists in the U.S. has already registered for Sqoop.
    Our Interview with Sqoop

And the winner is ...

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Congratulations to Sqoop! You will meet Sqoop at the GEN Summit where they will pitch on the main stage. 

Congratulations as well to LocalFocus! Their platform is already trusted by most news organisations in the Netherlands and we wish them all the best for their upcoming international expansion that we think could be very beneficial to our network.

First Battle: Smart Tech for Smarter Videos

  • Pulpix

    Pulpix helps media companies and online publishers engage their audience through real-time suggestions inside videos.

    Interview with Pulpix
  • Valossa

    Valossa creates AI-powered video analysis solutions that enable the discovery of relevant content in the most natural way.

    Interview with Valossa

The Winner is ...

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Congratulations to Valossa! You will meet Valossa at the GEN Summit where they will pitch on the main stage. 

Congratulations as well to Pulpix! Their product is already trusted by major news organisations such as Vice and Le Monde and we believe it will convince even more publishers in the coming months.