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Startup funding, coaching and programs for media pioneers!

We can help you implement great ideas, build motivated teams and develop strong prototypes. Media Lab Bayern supports you and your ideas with startup funding, startup support and access to a vast network. We offer support and programms for all media makers, regardless of whether they are startups, media pioneers or media companies.


Current programs

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Media Startup Fellowship

Media needs new solutions and it needs you! Whether you are eager to get your idea off the ground or already have a prototype, our accelerator program provides the necessary funding, coaching and network to launch your digital media startup. What are you waiting for?

R&D Fellowship

Work for two months on an innovative technology or challenge in the media industry. Research, experiment and develop new ideas and receive a grant of up to 7,500 euros.

Media Tech Lab

Up to 50.000 € for your Open Source project! You are an open source developer or software freelancer? You are passionate about an innovative IT topic that could help the media industry? You have identified a tech problem for which there is no solution yet? If so, the Media Tech Lab is just right for you!

Open Innovation Challenge

The Open Innovation Challenge provides an avenue to promote innovative solutions in the media industry. The OIC is an open competition for ideas that we regularly launch on various topics. The best submissions will be awarded with prize money and the implemented solutions are made available to media companies free of charge for a limited period.

Media Lab Membership

Several contributing factors such as a lack of an innovation culture, limited resources and varied interests can cause only the smallest common denominator from a wide pool of ideas to be developed. It’s time to do something! Join forces with us to experiment and boost innovation in media companies!

Media for Peace

Together with and the University of the Bundeswehr Munich, you can promote peace in crisis regions through journalism. In our new Media for Peace fellowship program, we'll work with you to develop ways to support journalism in Lebanon and Afghanistan that de-escalates and promotes peace.

Media Company Fellowship

The key to innovative products and services is an innovative in-house culture. The Media Company Fellowship supports local and regional media companies in Bavaria in further developing their own innovation culture - at management level and on site in the newsrooms.

GNI Startups Lab Europe

Created in partnership between the Google News Initiative (GNI), German media innovation hub Media Lab Bayern, and the European Journalism Centre (EJC), the GNI Startups Lab Europe supports high-quality reporting for local communities, single-topic audiences and/or previously underserved communities in 36 European countries.

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