Startups & Projects

Since the Media Lab first opened its doors in 2015, we’ve helped and played host to a wide range of great ideas and innovative startups. Many have gone on to transform their startups into visionary products that are shaping the future of media. These are our rockstars!

Media Startup Fellowship Batch #14


With GetFit, creators receive their own personalized app, tailored specifically to their vertical content. The goal of the app is to help users achieve their personal goals sustainably through their relationship with the creator.


Every day, a multitude of scientific papers, studies, and articles are published. Gistable offers a reliable, AI-driven solution for more efficient knowledge absorption and better understanding.


Transform your content with EXAR! Boost user engagement and interactivity, providing immersive and personalized experiences to audiences on media platforms!

Paper Pass

Paper Pass offers publishers a share of subscription revenues, increased visibility for promoting their own subscriptions, and user analytics for reading behavior. The easy integration via RSS feeds requires no internal resources.


Loyalift is building a B2B SaaS solution for advertisers looking to place their products/services and brand in the interactive live segment. Our data provides in-depth insights into the realms of marketing analytics and market research.


gutfeel is a digital DIY research platform that allows companies to conduct market studies with the "Generation Z" target audience. The gutfeel app provides various incentives for young Gen Z individuals to participate in digital testing.


The Digital Guardian Angel PENEMUE safeguards media professionals and media organizations from hate speech. This AI-based tool detects toxic content in real-time and can be used for social media channels as well as forums and communities.

Footprint Intelligence

Footprint Intelligence is a SaaS platform that enables companies to reach their climate goals in record time. AI algorithms support efficient analysis, decarbonization, and the creation of official communication materials.


Unleash your potential through targeted and motivating tech upskilling. Stay relevant, keep evolving! Codum helps you build learning consistency through a motivating learning environment with psychological incentives.

Media Startup Fellowship Batch #13


Utilizing Generative AI and NLP to Provide Media Companies with an Unprecedented Guided Buying Experience. Employees simply DON'T know what and how to purchase – and they don't have to. Just ask Lio.


With the wunderflix app, moms and dads can capture their experiences in videos - without any editing skills and without cutting. Record scenes, choose filters, music, titles, and the app will create the family film for you.


Scavengar is an augmented reality storytelling and creation platform that allows creators and brands to bring their ideas to life in multi-sensory, contextual, and AI-powered AR experiences – without users needing to download an app.


plazy is a digital tool that provides users with smart and quick travel tips – curated just for them. Users simply specify their preferences and receive their personalized travel agenda with journalistic content in text, photos, audio, and video.


LOCCO is your local companion for exploring cities as flexibly as possible. This location-based app provides travelers with access to high-quality audio recordings from local experts, whether it's about cultural and architectural highlights or short anecdotes.


Azernis displays the websites of a newsroom’s competitors side by side and digitally adds an additional data level which helps to decipher the competitors' publishing strategies.


paged collaborates with AI and IT solutions to achieve digital inclusion in essential online media, providing people with diverse needs an entirely new level of user-friendliness – benefiting us all!

Media Startup Fellowship Batch #12


The PARENTI app assists parents by managing & organizing all tasks related to parenthood. Based on user profile data we deliver customized tasks that are relevant by importance and chronological order NOW.


HypeRate helps streamers to get more engagement in their streams by adding their real-time heart rate as a stream overlay and creating automatic content highlights based on the streamers' emotions and game specific highlights with the help of AI.


Moonblock is a Competitive Intelligence Platform for Entertainment brand NFTs. Our web application offers competitive data on NFTs and metaverse activities, built from the ground up for media and brands that launch NFT projects and journalists reporting on NFT & Metaverse.

One Guide

Travelers spend hours researching attractions only to be disappointed by the on-site experience. One Guide offers travelers and partner companies an app with selected tours, audio guides and AR content, making visiting attractions an experience again.


fruits revolutionizes digital content selling by radically simplifying the process. It is the first all-in-one click shop solution for creators & coaches (target audiences) with the fastest onboarding & checkout process and a fully automated back office (e.g. billig & VAT).


FLOOX is the go-to platform for Creator & Artist monetization. With online courses and art boxes "HelloFresh for Art" and as an "event platform for Creators & Brands" we already support + 100 Creators with visibility and monetization.


freispace is a modern project planning software for post-production. The solution replaces editing suite management via Excel and shared calendars with an intuitive online solution, creating more reliable schedules and more time for production thanks to smart predictions.

Media Startup Fellowship Batch #11


Cultway is a platform for personalized audiovisual stories in education and culture. With a simple construction kit, media and cultural institutions can create smart, mobile content and share it with their target audience.


Justt is an E2E solution for quality content creation, publishing and marketing. Users benefit from relevant and verified content with personalized UX. Creators & publishers reach matching audiences and monetize more successfully.


Mondo is a gamified and interactive training platform. We provide our users with skills and knowledge for a sustainable and green future and make everyday positive impact easy and fun.


Developments in the creator economy enable more and more creators to generate income through live streaming. Audivio helps streamers with insight and analytics to improve their professionalism and interaction with their audience.

Cinema Calc

Cinema Calc is the intuitive software for calculating film and video production costs. We eliminate complicated Excel spreadsheets and interfaces that look like Windows 95.


Prisma3D is an intuitive app to create 3D models and animations. Our easy-to-learn user interface helps you to produce first 3D designs. Create, render and share your creations directly from your phone.


With Kertos you automate your data privacy operations. Data subject requests, record of processing activities, deletion or retention processes - Kertos provides a tool-based home for all topics and stakeholders in the field of data privacy.


SUMM is the "Google Translate" for simplified language - an AI-powered tool that translates any text into a language style that is easily understood by ALL through simple sentence structure and additional explanations.


Junite is a game app for adolescents and young adults that aims to help build and maintain a healthy relationship with sexuality. In a nutshell, it could be considered as a "Duolingo for the language of love and sexuality” based on scientifically-proven content.


Music selection and editing are incredibly time-consuming. With MuseKIT, video creators can add sound to their video by selecting the moods of their video. Finally, they have time to do what they're really good at - creating videos.

Media Startup Fellowship Batch #10


Almost everyone reads news on social media. These networks have recently transformed into platforms for the spread of disinformation and hate. Newsbriefis a social news app that directly shares journalistic content with its users. The app uses simple news formats and posts audio interviews conducted by journalists.

Nalan Sipar

YouTube channel Nalan Sipar offers bilingual, German-Turkish video content. It was primarily created for German-Turks with minimal German skills or a particular need for information, and anyone else interested in this community.


GrowGetters is a platform designed for women who want to have long-term job security. Women all around the globe want to achieve professional independence along with ongoing learning, support and inspiration. GrowGetters meets this uncovered need by curating and imparting business methods, tools and technologies.


snect. is a smart platform for sharing and generating knowledge. The platform uses smart algorithms to connect employees based on their requirements and aims, allowing them to quickly respond to questions and challenges.


LESIDO combines your favorite photo albums with a video chat, enabling family members to share stories with their loved ones no matter how far away. At the same time, LESIDO has also paved the way to an entirely new kind of customer-centered, data-based content production by using hundreds of unique data points.


capacities is the all-in-one tool for content creators: Intuitive creation and organization like with Notion. Simple publishing like on Medium. Creative designing like with Canva. Everything you need: Your content, creativity and community—all in one place.


Churchpool is a social network for church institutions, members and interested individuals that complies with data protection regulations. Users can stay up to date with the latest news, events and fundraising projects along with other updates and interact with each other.


femfeel empowers women with a personal plan for menopause. With powerful new ways to ease the discomfort of menopause, femfeel makes healthy habits a strategy for a self-determined menopause.

Anymate Me

Anymate Me is a virtual video production platform that enables companies to create realistic AI videos by simply typing a transcript. Gone are the days of needing a studio, actors and equipment; video production is now affordable and scalable.

The Broken Hearts Club

The Broken Hearts Club is the first German-language, interactive and smart app that guides its users through all stages of heartache, providing them with strength in the long term and promoting mental resilience, all through their smartphone.

Media Startup Fellowship Batch #9

what happened last week

what happened last week is an English-language weekly newsletter that reports on underreported news and topics from non-Western countries and puts them into a global context—concise, entertaining and brief.


Articlyis the Spotify for audio articles. Listeners can enjoy the best articles from top newspapers and magazines in audio book-quality all in one place: our platform! Download now from the app store and try it out free of charge.


Podcasts, articles, videos—we spend a lot of time learning every day. But how much can you remember a few days down the line? Mindpalacegives you the ability to store everything in one place, learn what matters and receive inspiring recommendations for new content.


Digitalizing daily subscription management. Simple. Free. For everyone. DIGISALEis an SaaS solution that offers all publishers the ability to digitize and organize all aspects of subscription management.


Kopftuchmädchenis a digital media startup created by Muslim women that casts a light on the perspectives of Muslim women that are so far largely underrepresented in the press. Our aim is to counteract the stereotypical representations we’re faced with on a daily basis in the mainstream media (with alternative images and narratives).


Anchorpoint is the GitHub for media production. It gives graphic designers, video producers and designers the ability to quickly communicate tasks, production data and feedback with each other. Repetitive, time-consuming tasks can also be automated.

Media Startup Fellowship Batch #8

Was mit Medien

Was mit Medien is a podcast and community for the minds behind the media revolution. For constructive insight, inspiration and various perspectives on the future of media.


AI-based video editing program Television.AI gives everyone the opportunity to create amazing videos. No expert knowledge required: AI takes care of the harder aspects of producing videos.


KARAKAYA TALKS is the first millennial talk show on YouTube to give a voice to underrepresented people and offer them a platform.


einbliq assists media companies in their transition to become data-driven organizations—for better decisions, improved cost efficiency and satisfied users.


Nurii helps people with food intolerances. The app detects intolerances and offers personal nutrition tips, media content and products.


Adsata transforms laptops into “eye tracking” labs. Recording visual interactions online enables Adsata to generate meaningful insights into the needs of your users.


CHICA CON CICLO is an online platform for generation Y and Z women who want to independently take charge of their cycle, menstruation and contraception.


PlanOpto allows you to automate scheduling meetings with several participants from your network without the need to forgo a personal message.

Media Startup Fellowship Batch #7

was wäre wenn

was wäre wenn is a magazine and platform that addresses constructive social issues of the future from a diverse range of perspectives. We also offer our network and expertise to organizations such as foundations, museums and associations to transform their content into visionary debates on the future, helping them advertise their content and add new perspectives to their findings.


ROKIN has developed an AI-based digital engineer. Their visionary engineer helps real engineers find the answers they need for their problem from the vast array of information and technologies available on the market. Allowing them to save valuable time looking for suitable solutions and instead focus on their main task: developing innovative solutions!


fible features extensive itineraries and takes care of up to 100% of your vacation planning. So sit back and relax! In contrast to traditional travel guides, all of the content on fible is created by travel bloggers who share their itineraries with the community. fible also includes extra travel features to help you on your travels.


FamilyPunk the fitness app that works around your family schedule. Digital coach FamilyPunk offers innovative digital learning formats in our app to provide parents with information and help them grow personally. Parents can also book coaching sessions with seasoned experts on the phone or in a video chat through FamilyPunk.


Fusionbase is a Data-as-a-Service platform that aggregates and catalogs data sets from the internet and optimizes them for data science use cases. The platform allows data scientists to use this data far more productively, find matching data sets and easily link them to their internal process data. is an independent non-profit community platform committed to mitigating climate change. Our mission is to help accelerate a positive social shift in environmental discussion and help build a future in which sustainability is the norm.


Augmentris provides independent, high-quality information to help end users who can’t make up their mind on whether to buy something at a shop come to a decision. In order to achieve this, Augmentris collects relevant information from print media and the internet, compiles it and publishes the results in a smartphone-friendly format.

Design AI

Design AI has developed a visionary content management platform for the media industry. Cutting-edge AI technologies are used to automatically sort complex individual data types like videos, images or audio into keywords, save them in a structured format and efficiently reuse them.

Media Startup Fellowship Batch #6

The Story Market

The Story Market is the first online marketplace for top journalistic content. It helps publishers find unique stories from journalists all around the globe and helps the authors get their story out and share their experiences with work with editors beyond the confines of their home country.


ROSAMAG explores the multi-faceted world of Black women in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. ROSAMAG promotes increased plurality in the media industry and stands for authenticity and the appreciation of Black women. The lifestyle magazine conveys identity through creativity and aims to create role models for Afro-Germans while showing all the opportunities available to them—from Afro hair to politics.

Focal Analytics

Focal Analytics helps online publishers identify their loyal readers, how they read and what their interests are. This is all made possible by combining high-resolution tracking data with psychological insights produced by data from human-computer interactions and machine-learning algorithms.


Veeplay provides video frameworks with a server-side ad insertion platform that help broadcasters, media companies and content creators stream, secure and monetize their content on mobile devices and online. The SSAI platform guarantees streaming without buffering for users and a 20% increase in revenue.


1E9 is the new hub for optimists. Learn all about the world of future technologies and get inspired! Discover a place where constructive discussions are always allowed. Meet others and network. The 1E9 community also has its own online magazine and hosts events.


Jalu bridges the divide between professional sports commentators and their audience. Real-time social media comment analysis and the ability to communicate with spectators via chat takes user interaction to the next level.


aclipp is a customer-oriented, web-based reporting solution designed to help PR agencies track their work and document their achievements. It allows agency employees to efficiently manage clippings (media monitoring), access useful information and create meaningful reports within a matter of seconds to stay on top of their KPIs at every point.


Flowra helps musicians learn faster by adding flow to their practice. Can’t seem to get the hang of performing songs? Check out to discover new inspiration and tools for effective practice.

Media Startup Fellowship Batch #5


Varia wants to burst the filter bubble—all with a simple browser extension. Varia offers alternative perspectives for every article read online and helps readers become more informed without extra effort! The founder believes one-sided information we’re exposed to by algorithms can often result in intolerant, uncritical thinking.


There’s never been a period with fewer new businesses in Germany! Starting a business on the side offers a great way to pursue your idea without taking a leap into the dark. Sidepreneur helps people who want to start a business to develop ideas while working another job with practical and relevant content.

The team is currently working on the first social media platform for gamers: will allow video gamers to use their game profile to connect and network. Gone are the days of using several platforms like Steam, Twitch and Discord: Flint offers one profile for all the gaming services you use.


Luminovo has developed a platform that allows people to create videos, text or images with AI support. This hybrid approach aims to significantly accelerate the corresponding processes. At the same time, Luminovo is easier to use than previous solutions. The founders have adhered to a simple principle throughout: AI won’t replace humans—but it can support us in many tasks, boost our abilities and make us more efficient.


Multimedia services constantly present new tasks for editorial teams: videos, audio and written content are a matter of course nowadays. As a result, we’re always exploring a growing number of platforms to transport content. Kerngedanke aims to simplify the processes behind this. The Software-as-a-Service solution provides a system that makes editing content and posting on various channels quicker and easier.


Webmag is a new kind of CMS for digital magazines. It has been designed to help businesses take their content to the next level without the need for programming or design skills. Webmag stories are automatically responsive, interactive and SEO-optimized. They couldn't be easier for users to navigate!


Media Startup Fellowship Batch #4

AI Germany

AI Germany has set itself the goal of becoming the top platform for market insights on AI in Germany in 2018. Drawing on the founders’ extensive experience and access to proprietary technology, the company is working to decode the DNA of the AI market. The startup provides free content, paid reports and access to experts who consult companies on the development and implementation of AI.


EventSpace has developed a platform to help content creators host events and increase engagement among their online audience with a visionary interactive live format. A digital event consists of various components planned along with audiovisual transitions from a content management system.


VIVOICO takes a new stance on a publisher’s user engagement. The user-friendly technology combines existing publisher content with high-quality creator microcontent to provide a unique user experience. With this, VIVOICO fills a critical gap in the consumer journey.


Factfox assists social media managers with responding to online comments. The SaaS tool identifies the relevant users on the site and suggests suitable responses to user comments to the social media manager. Over time, the response database will continue to grow with the automatic collection of new information from everyday editorial tasks.


Plantura is a digital gardening magazine that uses a data-driven tech framework to identify the latest trends. This approach leads to a high and very specific reach within the target audience, which Plantura converts into revenue through targeted and money-generating product placements.


We want to make it easier to discover, sort, recommend and watch videos with Shelfd. Our main objective is to build a platform where users can access every channel in one interface. Users receive personalized recommendations and producers can share their content with specified target audiences.


Upspeak is an app for podcast and radio communities that enables them to communicate solely through the medium of voice. Users can exchange voice messages within their community to talk to each other and directly contact their favorite podcast or radio host. Everyone is able to ask a question, voice their opinion or simply listen to others.

Media Startup Fellowship Batch #3

The Buzzard

The Buzzard is Europe's first journalistic geoblogging platform. It unites the voices of political bloggers, activists and independent journalists on a single online platform. The team is also the team from our partner fellowship with VOCER Innovation Media Lab.


Picter is an access and asset management tool for photography and image-based media. It has revolutionized working with images and replaces FTP services such as WeTransfer and Dropbox. The team is also the team from our partner fellowship with the Red Bull Media House.


Mashtag is an automated content provider and smart editorial assistant. It has all the latest knowledge on your social media followers, the target audience and current online trends at its fingertips, enabling it to automatically find content to increase your reach.


wafana is Germany’s first digital fact-checking organization. It provides training courses on reviewing online content and uses the social listening tool Crowdalyzer to identify fake news in publications’ social media communities. The team has also launched the Media Entrepreneurship Program.


The personiq platform allows users to individually monitor and control their data. Giving users the power to decide for themselves whether they want to share personal information—and with whom.

Media Startup Fellowship Batch #2


SnapTrack – SnapTrack is a management suite for Snapchat. It can be used to create Snapchat Stories with any number of accounts. We also provide extensive Snapchat analytics to optimize your stories based on KPIs.


Bohème promotes a digital reading culture for exclusive magazines and newspapers. The digital issues can be read for free in the app from the comfort of one of the participating cafés.

SPREE interactive

SPREE interactive (formerly Holodeck 4.0) – SPREE interactive is revolutionizing the way we experience content. The viewer becomes the protagonist through the magic of virtual reality and cutting-edge sensor technology.


Jornu – subscribe to journalists instead of newspapers! Do you want to read content produced by independent journalists who write top-quality stories? Follow the reporters you're interested in and create your own news.

Media Startup Fellowship Batch #1

Der Kontext

Der Kontext – Der Kontext is a digital magazine that gets to the heart of issues, allowing readers to dive deeper and deeper into a matter with its intuitive design.


Camperstyle – Camperstyle is a global multimedia platform dedicated to everything camping. Find all the latest information, tutorials, travel tips and stories.

tangnt news

tangnt news – A news site that uses gamification to motivate experts to upload articles to a community and share and discuss them with others.


Soundticker – Personalized music paired with personalized audio content. Soundticker inserts personalized news into your music playlist. Soundticker


Ronja Schneider

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