The Horizon 2020 funded STADIEM project officially started on October 22nd with an online kick-off meeting. STADIEM (Startup Driven innovation in European Media), with its piloting and acceleration programme, aims to bring together startups, scaleups, investors and media organisations to foster the development of Next Generation Media solutions.
The project gathers 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 startups with the highest relevance and calibre will be recruited 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 program 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.
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 program, which will assign the selected startups to the hub that best matches their stage of development, vertical and growth needs, and creating collaborations with corporates and investors.