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. 

The groups New Media Ventures is funding directly are:

CTCL is a nonprofit that uses technology to improve the way local governments and communities interact. They do this by providing local election administrators with tools and training so they can better communicate with voters. They also do this by publishing best-in-class civic datasets that are used by many groups, including Google, to drive civic participation. Learn more here.
OUR Walmart
OUR Walmart is building a digital peer-to-peer networking platform for low wage workers, starting with Walmart. Today, their online community engages 100,000 Walmart workers. Looking ahead, their volunteer driven platform will allow any of Walmart’s 1.3 million workers to get instant peer support from experienced co-workers and will facilitate workers building communities of support and action around their shared issues, identities or values. Learn more here.
Paid Leave US
PL+US has one mission: to make paid family and medical leave accessible to everyone working in America through national policy. Their narrative­ focused digital and media campaigning model will help accelerate on the work of others in the space by engaging a broad and new public in paid family leave advocacy family leave, especially through corporate/consumer campaigns that target brand­ name companies.
Voter VOX
 VoterVOX is being incubated by 18 Million Rising, a group founded to promote Asian American civic engagement, influence, and movement by leveraging the power of technology and social media. VoterVOX is a tool that connects eligible voters and multilingual volunteers to ensure every voter has access to ballots and voting information in their language, for every election. Learn more here.


A huge THANK YOU to everyone who made this possible, in particular our screening committee members and the Innovation Fund investors!

New Media Ventures’ next Open Call will be in June 2016! We’re looking forward to learning about a new batch of incredible startups then.