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With the early-stage funding programme Media Lift, in 2024 nextMedia.Hamburg is once again supporting business ideas at the interface of content and technology. The 6th batch has just started. We present the five startups that will run through the programme until October.

© nextMedia.Hamburg: batch 6 of Media Lift
© nextMedia.Hamburg: batch 6 of Media Lift

Next Gen Innovators

The startup Next Gen Innovators (NGI) is only a few weeks old. However, the founding duo Sarah Kübler and Sebastian Niemann already have several years of industry experience. Together, they want to rethink the tried-and-tested model of media for equity, i.e. media services instead of money as an investment. NGI brings together successful social media creators with up-and-coming startups in order to jointly benefit from high-reach marketing campaigns.

Retell / International Podcast Network

Retell is a project that already had the working title International Podcast Network. This makes it clear what it is all about: Although people around the world consume podcasts every day, they are often limited to their respective national languages. By granting licences for internationally relevant podcast contributions, the world's first global podcast content platform is being created. Artificial intelligence is used to translate the scripts.

Audience Suite

AI also plays an important role in Audience Suite’s offering. The startup's software-as-a-service solution makes it possible to collect, structure and visualise data from existing and potential users. Based on these analyses, companies can develop new products tailored to their target groups or improve existing products.


The quality of life depends on many factors, but the location of a residential or holiday destination is certainly one of them. GeoSci provides AI-generated descriptions of neighbourhoods and detailed maps to answer questions about quality of housing, accessibility and transport links. The target group is B2B customers, including property and travel portals, who use such analyses to offer their customers transparency and relieve them of the burden of research.


A viral TikTok video that lasts 20 seconds and is viewed by millions of people generates a climate footprint comparable to 45 flights from Frankfurt to New York. With this drastic example, the startup klima&so is drawing attention to a problem that few people are aware of to this extent. And it also offers solutions, for example by calculating energy consumption in the creation and distribution of data and highlighting potential savings.


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