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The 2021 Google News Initiative Startups Lab – Programme in Europe

Organisation: Google News Initiative

Status: Closed

  • Grant
  • Mentoring
  • Investigative journalism

Funding Size: up to €25,000

Deadline: 20/09/2021

  • Eligibility:
    – be an existing news founder
    – being part of an early-stage news organisation
    – for applicants that are or are part of a news organisation that creates original content primarily available on a digital platform(s)
    – based in the listed eligible countries listed below
    – have been operating for at least six months
    – earn less than € 500,000 per year in gross revenue
    – can demonstrate some successes on the path to sustainability (increased site visits, a growing membership programme or increased earned revenue.)
  • Type of funding: Programmatic
  • Target countries: EU Member states
  • Application language: English

GNI, Media Lab and the EJC have built a six-month programme specifically tailored to the needs of content startups in Europe. The programme provides a number of independent digital news startups from around Europe with coaching and capital to help put them on the path to sustainability.

Eligible topics

Applicants must focus on one or more of the following:

  • Public interest journalism
  • Filling an information gap
  • Serving a geographic-bound or single subject community
  • Serving an underserved community
  • Exploring new ways to deliver and/or monetize information

See here to learn more and apply.

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