Philanthropists: Join the Civic Tech movement!

by: | Jun 24, 2016

In late May, Facebook helped nearly 200,000 Californians register to vote simply by adding a prompt at the top of the News Feed for every Californian turning 18 by Election Day. A majority of these newly registered voters were under 35. This took only 2 days.

Technology can be an incredible tool to help accelerate the change we want to see, yet it is often dismissed as too complicated or even as a fad by democracy-focused funders. In a world where we spend a growing share of our lives online, those of us working to foster civic participation must embrace technology and reach people where they are.

In a world where we spend a growing share of our lives online, those of us working to foster civic participation must embrace technology and reach people where they are.

Recently, I spoke on a panel at the Funders Committee for Civic Participation(FCCP) about this topic along with Tiana Epps-Johnson from the Center for Technology and Civic Life (CTCL) and Cayden Mak from 18 Million Risingand VoterVOX

Innovation Fund Webinar Recording

by: | Jun 17, 2016

We hosted a webinar to answer entrepreneur questions about the Innovation Fund Open Call. Startups and projects selected will receive $50K in funding from New Media Ventures! Below is a recording of this webinar in case you missed it.

The webinar covers the following topics:

  • Introduction to New Media Ventures and the Innovation Fund
  • Orientation to F6S, the platform we are using for Open Call applications
  • Questions & Answers

We recommend watching the webinar before applying to the Open Call. If you have any additional questions, you can check-out our FAQs.

Finally, don’t hesitate to email innovationfund@newmediaventures.org if you need help. We look forward to learning more about your work!

Innovation Fund Open Call Webinar_16June2016 from New Media Ventures on Vimeo.

Innovation Fund Open Call Is Live: Apply for $50K in Funding Now

by: | Jun 06, 2016

We are excited to announce the Open Call for the New Media Ventures Innovation Fund!

New Media Ventures catalyzes progressive change by funding amazing technology and media startups that are making the world a better place. Our Innovation Fund finances early-stage, for-profit and nonprofit startups with $50K, participation in NMV’s startup support program and access to NMV’s network of angel investors. Apply Now!

Our mission is to support innovators creating progressive change, and we are particularly interested in organizations that are building political power to do so. While we don’t have a “theme” or focus-area for this open call, we will pay particular attention to startups in the following areas:

  • Uses for cutting-edge technology (such as virtual reality, drones, artificial intelligence, or the blockchain) that could create breakthrough progressive change
  • Mobile-first campaigning technology
  • Campaigning innovations such as distributed organizing models and deep canvassing
  • Solutions to win battles for climate action or prepare front line communities for a just transition
  • Mission-driven media platforms

Share Your Work: Apply to Pitch at the Netroots Tools Shootout

by: | Apr 21, 2016

New Media Ventures is excited to once again help bring the Great Netroots New Tools Shootout to Netroots Nation this summer!

This is your chance to (re)introduce the Netroots community to your voting, organizing, campaigning, make-the-world-a-better-place technology solution.

Got a product, app or feature you want to tell the world about? Just click here to submit your idea for entry.

Open Call Results Are In!

by: | Apr 04, 2016

The results from the New Media Ventures / Pluribus Project joint Open Call are in! At NMV, we are excited to support 4 non-profit groups with $50K in funding and access to our network of advisors and funders. We can’t wait to see the impact these groups will have on raising the voices of under-served and under-represented groups, and on advancing important campaigns, in this election cycle and beyond!

3 of the groups we are funding are also part of the Pluribus Project’s slate of Political Game Changers: a unique set of projects that include campaigners, entrepreneurs and researchers from across the ideological spectrum who are each developing new ways of making our political campaigns more responsive to broad public interests. 

Democracy Open Call: Think About Motivation, Not Just Information

by: | Feb 26, 2016

In our latest Open Call, hosted in partnership with the Pluribus Project, we encouraged projects that are working on fixing our democracy to apply. We were lucky to have 140+ projects, organizations and companies respond to our invitation!

It’s been fascinating to look across such a broad cross-section of innovative approaches to civic engagement and political campaigning that are  poised to make a difference in this election cycle and beyond. We’re writing this post to share the ideas we found most (and least!) compelling to help shape the work of entrepreneurs and funders going forward.

Can Money Buy You Love On The Campaign Trail?

by: | Jan 14, 2016

Next week marks the 6th year anniversary of Citizens United, the Supreme Court decision which unleashed a huge wave of money into political campaigns. As the sums spent on campaigns grow each cycle, so have the concerns that we are electing representatives who are more beholden to the donors who help get them elected than to us, the people who actually voted for them. This is a problem because we could end up with laws that benefit special interests over common interest. If donors didn’t play such an important role in getting politicians elected, perhaps we’d have seen a raise in the federal minimum wage or an expansion of background checks for gun sales this past year, in line with public opinion.

Some pundits estimate the 2016 presidential race could cost $5 billion in total, nearly double the $2.6 billion that was spent by candidates and groups supporting them in 2012.

Come Work At NMV: Executive Assistant Position Open

by: | Jan 11, 2016

Want to join our team? We’re hiring an Executive Assistant starting ASAP.

New Media Ventures is a small organization with a huge vision to find, fund and support media and tech startups driving progressive change. We are a fund and a network of forward thinking funders and investors pioneering new ways of supporting some of the most innovative startups in the progressive sector. We recognize that social and environmental change often requires political action, and we fund entrepreneurs who are unafraid to pull the lever of politics to make an impact.

We do all this with a tiny staff and nimble organization, and we are looking for a stellar assistant who will keep the trains running on time. This role is critical to ensuring that New Media Ventures runs smoothly and efficiently, particularly as we grow and scale our work in this election year.