Meet the OC2 start-ups selection going to the match phase

STADIEM’s second Open Call for media innovators – closing at the end of last February – attracted over 170 start-ups in the European media sector and from 26 countries (with the UK, Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands in the lead), resulting in 115 applications, which went through an evaluation process narrowing them down to a group of selected 40 solutions to go on to the Match phase in the project’s piloting and acceleration’s programme.

Who’s in?

The 40 selected start-ups present solutions in line with Open Call 2’s focus areas, which range from content creation and distribution to archiving, data and content verification against disinformation.

Content verification and against disinformation

Factiverse (Norway) – Factiverse’s first product is an AI-driven web browser plugin that allows journalists to fact-check articles much faster, saving them at least 2 hours of research a day and thus enhancing high-quality journalism.

Textgain (Belgium) – Text analytics pipelines able to automatically perform user profiling, keyword extraction and opinion mining on a large scale.

TwitterTap (The Netherlands) – Finding their way through a growing amount of Twitter data is a permanent challenge for (investigative) journalists: TwitterTap allows to find, structure, analyse and visualise the Twitter data tailored to specific needs, allowing deeper research in less time.

EzyInsights (Finland) – EzyInsights allows disinformation check for pictures and reports on content performance: it tracks and measures content in real-time from all around the globe, enabling journalists to easily discover what the world is interacting with and make better decisions on what they should write about.

Piracy

collectID (Switzerland) – collectID addresses the problem of counterfeited products and creates a gateway for physical products to the Metaverse/Web3.0 by combining encrypted, smartphone-ready NFC tags with secure NFTs on blockchain.

Vestigit (Poland) – Vestigit creates an anti-piracy and cybersecurity platform – for VOD platforms and other multimedia content distributors & creators – that protects video content by identifying illegal distribution through automated implementation of end-user specific watermarks.

Archiving

sensifai (Belgium) – A series of state-of-the-art AI plugins – ready to use on premise, in the cloud or on a device – addressing the growing demand for intelligent software to automatically understand video content, in the skyrocketing volume of video archives, to increase their effective use.

Television.AI (Germany) – AI to unlock insights from raw video footage (such as common objects, sentiments, emotions, faces, well-known people, topics, etc.) to be used for SEO, archive indexing, and even automatically create edits featuring synthetic voice over.

Monetization

Druid Learning (Ireland) – A white-label educational content e-commerce platform designed with inclusiveness in mind, allowing publishers to control, manage and distribute their digital content directly to their end users.

Questpass (Poland) – Questpass adds gamification to advertising: it works like a paywall but the ”fee” is the answer to the question concerning the ad displayed, which focuses users’ attention to its content in a more effective way.

Votemo (Estonia) – An engagement and monetization tool for hybrid events, offering data insights, polls, Q&As, commenting, custom branding solutions, screen graphics overlay on video and an e-commerce feature.

Audio

AI Beatz (Germany) – An online music creation platform that enables users and businesses to easily create unique beats in minutes with the assistance of real-time AI music composition, and certify their music through NFT generation.

BotTalk (Italy) – BotTalk’s technology focuses on text-to-speech, allowing publishing houses with an average output of 200 news articles a day to create 8 to 30 hours of audio daily from it.

musicube (Germany) – musicube delivers AI-driven semantic music search B2B, so that companies like streaming services can forward their user’s requests to musicube and present the answer in real time.

Rumble Studio (France) – Rumble Studio lets anyone in a company create audio content (such as marketing-aimed podcasts) quickly and easily, with cutting-edge voice technology via a-synchronic interview recordings.

SMI (Israel) – Speech Morphing Interactive Ltd. (SMI) is a leading provider of speech synthesis technology and solutions for improved human-machine interaction and customer experience.

Video

einbliq.io (Germany) – Broadcasters and OTT companies are facing ever-growing streaming costs, mainly paid to Content Delivery Networks (CDN). With an all-embracing data analytics suite, einbliq.io, helps media companies delivering excellent and quality assured streaming services at lower cost.

IZI Record (Spain) – IZI has created a technology that allows users to easily enhance their video content using videos from other users attending the same event. These videos will be created in seconds with an added AI layer that makes them unique for each user.

IGLOR (Spain) – A massive and personalised communication suite designed to send live and personalised multimedia content to large audiences through a mobile application or a website.

Media Distillery (The Netherlands) – Through AI technology, Media Distillery creates enhanced viewing experiences, enabling faster access to relevant content and optimised advertising that boosts viewer engagement.

Mission Digital (UK) – With their Project Origami, Mission Digital helps bring film and television stakeholders together, with automated production workflow solutions designed for processing high fidelity motion images in the cloud.

QuineCore (Norway) – A database-driven workflow tool to automate media production interfaces between roles, tasks and collaborators across the value chain.

Vialog (UK) – Vialogs are embeddable video discussions for websites, products or events – to increase engagement, sign-ups or sales. The feature is not app-based, working on all browsers through the simple implementation of a 1-line code snippet into a website.

Wantent (Ukraine) – Wantent is a unique AI-based platform that identifies consumer reactions to video content, applying ML technologies.

Content creation & distribution

Socialbeat (Italy) – A set of tech solutions and services that leverage big data and AI to support journalists and creators from production to distribution of digital content. 

Geneea Analytics (Czech Republic) – A deep text analysis solution to extract important information from a vast amount of user-generated content. 

Contribly (UK) – A suite of smart digital tools and strategies helping media companies’ community building and harnessing the power of active engaged audiences and first party data.

Dcipher Analytics (Sweden) – A no-code text-to-insights company with a scalable cloud-based end-to-end saas-platform, providing all the latest and best tools required to do any text analytics or automation project at once.

Depthen (Belgium) – Software and skills based on deep understanding of AI and how it can help media to reduce the costs of production or increase the value of video and text assets.

doWow (Germany) – The world’s first omni-channel content distribution and curation solution, allowing anyone to create interactive and curated content broadcast to any dimension, without requiring any coding expertise.

Dramatify (Sweden) – A B2B SaaS cloud solution giving the creative and production teams overview, creativity and control while automating workflows: thus not only saving hundreds of work hours per production but also allowing for co-productions, remote productions and hybrid workplaces.

Levellr (UK) – A SaaS business helping power messaging communities: a “Mailchimp for messaging” designed to enhance and support this the leading communication format by pushing simultaneously to Discord, Telegram and Slack.

Limecraft (Belgium) – Limecraft’s cloud-based collaboration platform ‘Limecraft Flow’ is used by media producers worldwide to manage their workflow, allowing them to create more content faster: built-in AI allows automation of several steps in the production process, including raw material processing, audio transcription and subtitling.

Overtone (UK) – AI-based tech finding and rating online content by quality: a fully automated SaaS service to provide businesses and consumers better insights into what content they are and could be reading, sharing, and monetising.

Pukket (Estonia) – Pukket enables organisations to automatically identify their most engaged audiences and onboard them different digital touchpoints, including branded social media chatbots with personalised messages.

Reeler (Sweden) – a SaaS platform for managing User-Generated Content (UGC), helping media companies and marketing departments streamline their UGC workflow.

Scriptbakery (Germany) – Scriptbakery’s cutting-edge Natural Language Algorithms (NLUs) are able to gain both findability and value for all customers’ written and spoken content.

Scriptix (The Netherlands) – A full-service speech recognition provider featuring an ecosystem of (custom) speech-to-text models and additional services, aimed at enabling everybody to turn spoken word into text.

Wordnerds (UK) – A SaaS start-up that uses bleeding edge Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning and Natural Language Processing, alongside old-school corpus linguistics techniques, to teach computers to read and understand language.

YBVR (Spain) – A technology start-up building the next generation of live immersive VR/360 video experiences, unleashing the potential of immersive broadcasting disruption by providing immersive experiences to sport and concerts fans connected from anywhere with any device.

What happens next?

In the Match phase the selected applicants have access to matchmaking: it will be running for two months, from this May to June, and will bring the start-ups on a tour of STADIEM’s four Hubs (VRT Sandbox, NMA, MCB and Storytek), with the aim to identify corporate partners, lead to develop a pilot and present an LOI (Letter of Intent) or strategy to lock pilot partner(s).

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