2016 MBA Summer Fellow: Apply Now!

by: | Jan 08, 2016

We are now accepting applications for the 2016 New Media Ventures Summer Fellowship.

NMV Summer Fellows are MBA students who are either currently attending business school or have just graduated. They will spend the summer 2016 with the New Media Ventures team (exact dates are flexible).

The role:

This is a great opportunity to roll-up your sleeves and get practical experience in venture impact investing. You will:

  • Create a system to measure New Media Ventures’ impact and conduct an initial evaluation of our portfolio’s impact
  • Help conduct diligence on mission-driven start-ups
  • Strengthen our community of entrepreneurs, investors and partners by organizing events, writing on our blog and through 1:1 conversations
  • Work with a team of kick-ass, passionate people at the cutting edge of impact investing

New Media Ventures: 2015 in Review

by: | Jan 07, 2016


2015 Was Our Best Year Yet

To date, NMV and our investor network have invested over $7 million in 32 media and technology startups. We mobilized $1.9 million towards 12 startups this past year alone. We have reviewed hundreds of potential investments to get here. Looking ahead, we’ve already announced our next open call, in collaboration with the Pluribus Project, to find startups with innovative plans to fix our democratic process.

We find these open calls bring the broadest possible range of organizations into the funding process.

New Startups Funded

Our biggest news for 2015 was funding 11 new startups. They are driving progressive change from a variety of angles—media diversity, small-donor fundraising, voter participation, workers’ rights, community advocacy, and cultural change.

Questions about our current Open Call? Watch the informational webinar

by: | Dec 29, 2015

We are currently accepting applications for Projects to Fix Our Democracy. Projects selected will be considered for $50K in funding from New Media Ventures and more! If you missed the informational webinar about our Open Call, you can watch the recording online.

In addition, you can find answers to frequently asked questions on the Pluribus Project’s website (scroll to the bottom of the page). Finally, you can always email innovationfund@newmediaventures.org if you have any additional questions.

Deadline Extended for Innovation Fund Open Call

by: | Dec 29, 2015

The deadline for applications to the Pluribus Project & New Media Ventures joint open call for proposals has been extended until January 25th at 12noon PT/ 3pm ET.  We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis, however, so we encourage everyone to apply early.

Thanks to all of you who have shared this call far and wide, and for your support of our mission to radically change how campaigns are won – and ultimately the kind of government we have – bringing us closer to the ideals of a republic that is genuinely of, by and for the people.

Our best wishes for a wonderful holiday season.


Open Call: Projects to Fix Our Democracy! – Deadline Extended to Jan 25

by: | Dec 03, 2015

We are excited to partner with the Pluribus Project for our next Innovation Fund Open Call. Apply to be considered here before January 25, 2016 at 12pm PT / 3pm ET. 

Ballot BoxNew Media Ventures’ work is broadly about building the pipeline of progressive innovation. We see the work Pluribus is doing to fix our democracy as a critical pre-condition to building progressive change. We hope this joint Open Call makes it easier for innovative projects to find the support they need while taking advantage of NMV’s and Pluribus’ unique areas of expertise. You can learn more about this Open Call below!

Note: New Media Ventures solicits applications for funding twice a year via its Innovation Fund Open Call. As part of this winter 2015 collaboration, NMV retains sole discretion on its investment decisions. 


We Just Funded 5 Great Startups!

by: | Nov 25, 2015

We’re proud to announce that the New Media Ventures Innovation Fund is funding five startups working at the intersection of media, culture and citizen engagement with $50,000 for each. Together Hearken, Blavity, The Culture Lab, Contratados.org and ParentsTogether diversify voices in the public space, foster civic engagement and drive culture toward support for progressive change.

Democratize MediaThe work of these organizations is mutually reinforcing. Blavity and Hearken expand the range of voices and topics represented in the media, creating community engagement. By helping to shift the norms of our culture, The Culture Lab lays a popular foundation to support change. Building the power of previously under-represented groups lets Contratados.org and ParentsTogether expand civic engagement and create advocates. No one of these efforts alone is sufficient for progressive change – each supports the others.

Video: the challenge with Civic Tech

by: | Aug 20, 2015

Earlier this month, I did a lightning talk on the challenges of growing a civic tech startup at a CivicMakers event in San Francisco.  It’s short and pretty funny, at least if you’re a civic tech geek 🙂


Our Most Recent Innovation Fund Open Call Just Closed: A Few Things We Learned

by: | Jul 10, 2015

Whew! The New Media Ventures Innovation Fund Open Call has just closed and received 150 applications. For this Open Call, we seek to make investments and grants in progressive, scalable media startups that could make the world a better place. We’re currently in the process of evaluating all these applications (we have our work cut out for us!), but we’ve learned a few things already.

Media vs. Tech
During the last Open Call we received mostly tech applications and invested in 6 software companies. We decided to focus explicitly on media this time around and were happy to see that about half our applications were media based. We are, after all, New Media Ventures! Content creation, distribution and promotion are powerful tools for organizers and we want to continue catalyzing innovation in that area, building on the investments we made in Upworthy,