VRT Sandbox

VRT Sandbox

Open innovation with start-ups & scale-ups

VRT Sandbox boosts innovation within VRT and the media sector by organising collaborations with start-ups, scale-ups and entrepreneurs.

VRT Sandbox trajectory

Within VRT Sandbox, scale-ups get the chance to test, validate or develop their products onsite VRT, with access to the infrastructure and production teams. In addition, VRT Sandbox runs a unique programme in which scale-ups and media organisations develop future media applications together. This way, European and Flemish scale-ups can tailor their solutions to the needs of the media sector.

After a successful collaboration with VRT, partners can also be introduced to the Sandbox Hub, which is part of Future Media Hubs. Through this international network, start-ups and scale-ups can continue to grow internationally.

Last, VRT Sandbox is connected to Media Invest Vlaanderen (MIV), the joint venture between the Flemish investment company PMV and VRT. MIV wants to strengthen the audiovisual sector in a sustainable way by investing in promising companies.  

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Discover the latest projects on the website of VRT Sandbox



1,93 million euro for European start-ups and scale-ups to work on Next Generation Media solutions

The European STADIEM project, funded through Horizon 2020, officially launches its 2nd open call. Via the STADIEM piloting programme, start-ups and scale-ups can co-create solutions together with European media organisations, based on the sector’s needs and challenges. The call provides provides access to funding, partners, and know-how for the development of Next Generation Media.

Flemish broadcaster VRT and start-up Soulmade build VR experience to raise awareness about media accessibility

Together with the start-up Soulmade, VRT developed a unique VR experience to make media services more accessible. Through an immersive experience, software developers can get a better view on the challenges faced by blind and visually impaired people. Not only the gaming industry, but many other sectors explore the benefits of virtual reality to immerse viewers in a new world or different reality. By using it as an educational platform, VRT aims to raise awareness about media accessibility.

VRT and European scaleups build future media solutions through innovative piloting programme

In today’s everchanging media landscape, new technologies such as artificial intelligence come with great opportunities, but also with significant challenges. With the STADIEM piloting programme, Flemish public broadcaster VRT builds on the strength of its international network to accelerate the impact of innovation. In the coming 6 months, 16 scale-ups will work together with several media organisations across Europe to build solutions for today’s largest media challenges.

Ready to grow your business and transform the media industry? MediaMotorEurope is looking for you!

Are you a deep-tech innovator with solutions for the media and creative sector? Then sign up for this final call of the MediaMotorEurope coaching programme! MediaMotorEurope (MME) supports European startups and scaleups to solve today's most prominent media industry challenges. In collaboration with VRT Sandbox, the network of Future Media Hubs and other European partners, MediaMotorEurope offers you tailored coaching and an ecosystem of notable players in the media and creative industries.

Sign up for STADIEM and fund your media solution

Are you a start-up or scale-up, working on next gen media solutions? Do you want to integrate your technology on the production floor, but still looking for the right connections and resources? Through STADIEM's piloting programme, you will be able to introduce your innovation to an international network and integrate it into a live production environment. You can register now for the first call until the 31st of March.