Content & Tech Incubator: Turning ideas into innovation
We support your innovative business ideas in the area of content with technology. Whether you are a student, founder or employee of a large media and digital company, whether you’re working on your own or as a team – we’ll take your idea to the next level.
The best part: Media Lift is an early-stage ideation program. We support you in developing your innovative prototypes further and make them ready for business together with you. Your prototypes are yours! After Media Lift, you are free to roll out your project as a start-up, develop it further with our partners from the Hamburg start-up ecosystem, or integrate it into your company – without having to give up any shares.
The application for Batch 5 is now closed.
June – October 2023
Remote and in Hamburg
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Media Lift is held in German or English, depending on the teams. Please check our German page for more information.
What we offer
Material and financial resources
- Financial support of up to €15,000 per team
- 1,000 € individual coaching budget for the Media Lift coaching pool
- Workplaces from August 2023 and tools for (digital) collaboration
- Methodological, technical and market knowledge
- Personal coaching & teambuilding
- Pitch training, product field workshops and testing
- a team mentor
- Contact to our mentor network
- Access to follow-up programs of our partners
- Editorial coverage
- Participation in events
- Presentation at our big graduation pitch
Who can apply for Media Lift
We are looking for innovative solutions, business models or technologies that will move the content industry forward. The thematic focus of our incubator is on #MediaTech developments. These include:
#Data & Analytics
#Data Driven Publishing
#E-Commerce for media companies
#VR #AR #XR
We are looking for teams that already have a first digital prototype that revolves around one of the topics mentioned and can thus show us that they not only have an idea, but can actually build a product.
We are looking for teams that are in the pre-foundation or early stage. There must be at least two of you and you should not have more than five team members. You don’t have to be from Hamburg, but there will be some face-to-face meetings, where in the best case your whole team can participate. #commitment
Blue Engine Collaborative
Jung von Matt
Amt Medien, BKM Hamburg
Die Teams aus Batch 3
Das waren unsere fünf Media Lift Teams aus dem vergangenen Batch. Sie haben ihre Ideen beim Graduation Pitch vorgestellt und arbeiten jetzt intensiv an ihren Start-ups weiter.
Mehr über die Teams der vergangenen Batches findest du hier.
weitere Mentor*innen anzeigen
14.02. bis 20.03.2022
Eure innovativen Geschäftsideen sind gefragt! Bis zum 20.03. könnt ihr euch bei uns bewerben.
30.03. und 31.03.2022
Ihr wurdet in die nächste Runde des Auswahlverfahrens eingeladen? Nur noch eine Präsentation trennt euch vom Inkubator!
26.04. bis 08.06.2022
Phase 1: Idee & Team
09.06. bis 19.07.22
Phase 2: Prototyping
In Phase zwei des Programms geht es um Prototyping, Testing, Feedback – mithilfe der Coachings, diverser Idea Challenges und individueller Betreuung.
8.08. bis 15.09.22
Phase 3: MVP
Bereit durchzustarten? Der Abschlusspitch bietet die Gelegenheit, die Erfolge der Teams zu feiern, Ideen zu erkunden und sich über gemeinsame Potenziale auszutauschen.
Media Lift – Batch 4
Heute Idee, morgen Innovation – der Content & Tech Inkubator von nextMedia.Hamburg.
Ideally, you are still in the pre-startup phase, i.e. you already have a solution approach and you have already developed a first prototype, but you are not yet ready for the market – because that is exactly where we want to take you together. If you have already completed an accelerator program, the incubator is probably not the right choice for you.
Your core team should consist of at least two, max. five people who have complementary expertise. Of course, we support diverse teams and are especially happy to welcome female entrepreneurs.
We plan the four-month program in a bi-weekly rhythm, i.e. in one week there are usually workshops, lectures and coaching sessions from Tuesday to Thursday, in the next week there are no appointments and you can flexibly arrange your time.
No. Your ideas belong to you! After the incubator, you can found your project freely, expand it further with our partners in Hamburg, or transfer it back to your company.
In our application form we ask for the most important information about your business idea and your team. In addition, please submit a pitch deck for a detailed presentation of your solution. We recommend that you have a consultation with our program manager Bruno before submitting your application.
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