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GNI Startups Lab Europe

Together with the European Journalism Center and the Google News Initiative (GNI), we supported ten startups in the very first GNI Startups Lab Europe. The six-month funding program was designed to support journalistic startups in developing sustainable business models and, in addition to workshops and one-on-one coaching, offered regular opportunities for mutual exchange and networking with media practitioners from all over Europe. Participating startups received financial support of up to 25,000 euros.

Vier Fakten zu den GNI Startups Lab Teams

  • From 8 European countries: France, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain and the UK.
  • The startups were between six months and six years old
  • Most teams had fewer than ten employees
  • Topics ranged from community challenges in Lisbon to climate change impacts in Italy to regional policy in Transylvania.

We are very happy to have accompanied and supported these great startups on their journey. The GNI Startups Lab founders are giving voice to underrepresented groups, filling gaps in current news coverage and exploring the future of local journalism in Europe. It was an honor to have helped them do so!

Here you can find a detailed description of the startups!

The program in



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results of the program

The report on the program

Ten startups from Europe have successfully completed the Google News Initiative (GNI) Startups Lab in six months. The program, which was run by Media Lab Bayern together with the EJC and Google, is now available in the GNI Startups Lab Report.

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