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Media Lift, the incubator of nextMedia.Hamburg, promotes innovative business ideas at the interface of content and tech. Students, start-ups and employees from media and digital companies can take part in the programme. The application phase for the 6th batch ends on 5 May and the programme runs from June to October. Media Lift is a programme for the early phase of startups. They are supported in further developing their innovative prototypes and making them commercially viable. At the end of the programme, the teams are free to found their project, expand it further with partners from the Hamburg startup ecosystem or transfer it back to their companies without having to give up shares.

© Media Lift
© Media Lift

These are the benefits of Media Lift

  • Financial support of up to 15,000 euros per team

  • 1,000 euros individual coaching budget for the Media Lift coaching pool

  • Workstations at SPACE in Hamburg and tools for (digital) collaboration

  • Methodological, technical and market knowledge

  • Personal coaching and team building

  • Pitch training, product field workshops and testing

  • Contact to the mentor network and support from team mentors

  • Editorial coverage

  • Participation in events and presentation at the graduation pitch

  • The incubator is looking for innovative solutions, business models or technologies that will drive the content industry forward. The thematic focus of the incubator is on MediaTech developments. In the last batch, artificial intelligence played an important role in a number of solutions.

  • Your team should already have a first digital prototype that revolves around one of the aforementioned topics and thus show that you not only have an idea but can actually build a product. 

  • Your startup should be in the pre-founding or early stage. There must be at least two of you and you should not have more than five team members. You don't necessarily have to be from Hamburg, but there will be some face-to-face meetings, where in the best case your whole team can participate.

The most promising teams will be invited to a digital prepitch. A jury will ultimately decide which five projects can start the programme on 19 June.


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