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Startups for News 2017 - Online Pitch Battles

From March to May, GEN and Journalism.co.uk, in partnership with SlushMedia Lab Bayern and VivaTech, 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 this page. The public and the jury voted for their favourite startup. A 50/50 combination of the jury and the public vote determined the winner of the battle.

The 8 winning startups participated in the Startups for News Final which took place at the GEN Summit 2017 in Vienna. At the GEN Summit, they had the opportunity to pitch in front of 750 editors-in-chief and media professionals from over 70 countries.

The winner of the competition was Flourish and Urbs Media was the runner-up.

Read more about the Startups for News Competition here.

Eighth Battle - The Wild Card Round

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Congratulations to Blockthrough! As a finalist of the Startups For News programme, Blockthrough is invited to pitch on the main stage of the GEN Summit in Vienna. 

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

Seventh Battle - Unleash the power of automation

  • Ownpage

    Ownpage helps Editors to broadcast their own contents through the push marketing channels.

    Ownpage's profile
  • Urbs Media

    Urbs.media is an editorial agency that combines human-authored data journalism with automation to deliver data-driven stories daily and on a large scale.

    Urbs.media's profile

Results of the Seventh Battle

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Congratulations to Urbs.media! As a finalist of the Startups For News programme, Urbs.media is invited to pitch on the main stage of the GEN Summit in Vienna. 

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

Sixth battle: Contextualise your article

  • Explaain

    Explaain is a plugin for news sites that brings your articles to life with interactive fact boxes.

    Explaain's profile
  • Muuze

    Muuze enables all writers to enhance their content by discovering and then embedding relevant, trackable and verified content from other sources.

    Muuze's profile

Results of the Sixth Battle

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Congratulations to Muuze! As a finalist of the Startups For News programme, Muuze is invited to pitch on the main stage of the GEN Summit in Vienna. 

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

 

Fifth Battle: Content distribution closer to the user

  • Bloom

    Bloom helps local publishers more effectively engage with their community by making content accessible through location-based channels.

    Bloom's Profile
  • PushApps

    PushApps makes push notifications more valuable to the reader and more profitable to the publisher.

    PushApps' Profile

Results of the Fifth Battle

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Congratulations to PushApps! As a finalist of the Startups For News programme, PushApps is invited to pitch on the main stage of the GEN Summit in Vienna. 

Congratulations as well to BloomWe were very pleased to have them participate in our programme and wish them all the best! 

Fourth Battle: Better reach and engage audiences

  • Croma

    Croma is a content distribution analytics platform for news organizations.

    Croma's profile
  • waach

    waach empowers publishers and creators alike to get maximum reach with minimum effort with the power of video.

    waach's profile

Results of the Fourth Battle

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Congratulations to Croma! As a finalist of the Startups For News programme, Croma is invited to pitch on the main stage of the GEN Summit in Vienna. Request access to Croma here.

Congratulations as well to waachSign up for a free trial hereWe were very pleased to have them participate in our programme and wish them all the best! 

Third Battle: Bots for News

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Congratulations to Politibot! As a finalist of the Startups For News programme, Politibot is invited to pitch on the main stage of the GEN Summit in Vienna. 

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

Second battle: Increase audience interaction

  • Media Vox Pop

    Media Vox Pop allows newsrooms to question their audience through existing digital channels. A collaborative video story led by journalists.

    Media Vox Pop's profile
  • Teleport.ninja

    Teleport.ninja is a platform for interactive online videos which gives anyone with a video the ability to create a rich and immersive interactive experience.

    Teleport.ninja's profile

Results Second Battle

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Congratulations to Teleport.ninja! As a finalist of the Startups For News programme, Teleport.ninja is invited to pitch on the main stage of the GEN Summit in Vienna. You can create your free Teleport.ninja's account here

 

Congratulations as well to Media Vox Pop. We were very pleased to have them participate in our programme and wish them all the best! You can register for free to Media Vox Pop here

First Battle: New tools for Data Journalism

  • Flourish

    Flourish is a powerful and flexible platform for quickly and efficiently producing high-quality interactive content, including data visualisations, maps and explainers.

    Flourish's profile
  • Populate

    Populate helps media organisations work with open and private datasets, providing ways to share, update, search and publish this data.

    Populate's profile

And the winner is ...

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Congratulations to Flourish! As a finalist of the Startups For News programme, Flourish is invited to pitch on the main stage of the GEN Summit in Vienna.

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