European collaboration with media start-ups within STADIEM project


The STADIEM project, launched in October 2020, is working on a piloting and acceleration programme to bring together start-ups, scale-ups, investors and media organisations, and foster the development of Next Generation Media solutions. Within the European H2020 project, participating start-ups have access to, among other things, regional and local knowledge (including market and consumer specifics), available financing and scaling opportunities, as well as venture capital and corporate networks. The consortium partners will help secure that the recruited start-ups will be given the best possible support available in Europe on their way to scale-up.

What’s in it for innovators?

More than €3 million will be available for funding the next generation media innovators: the project will run two open calls (the first one in early 2021) with the objective of selecting startups for STADIEM’s incubation and acceleration programme, and create collaborations with corporates and investors. The selected start-ups will receive support from the hub best suited to their stage of development, vertical and growth needs.

Who's behind the project?

The project brings together 7 partners from 6 European countries (Belgium, Norway, Estonia, Germany, Ireland and Switzerland) that will work together for 3 years.

The consortium partners are experts across all media disciplines, which will help secure that the right start-ups are selected and given the best possible support available in Europe on their way to scaleup. 


The project’s coordinating partner is VRT, the national public-service broadcaster for the Flemish Community of Belgium, which will collaborate with EBU (The European Broadcasting Union), the world’s leading alliance of public service media; Media City Bergen, a leading international hub for media and technology innovation; NMA (Next Media Accelerator), leading pan-European startup programme for innovation in media and marketing; Storytek, an accelerator and creative innovation hub with deep audiovisual sector knowledge; F6S, the largest growth company community; and Martel, an SME with over 20 year of experience managing research and innovation projects – and their communication – across Europe.

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