Innovation Fund Open Call: Resist and Rebuild

by: | Feb 01, 2017

We are excited to announce the 6th Open Call for the New Media Ventures Innovation Fund!

New Media Ventures is a seed fund and network of investors and donors financing media and technology startups that build advocacy movements, create new narratives and drive civic engagement. Over the past 6 years, we have financed such powerful social change startups as Upworthy, responsible for making social good content go viral, and SumOfUs, a 10 million member movement for corporate accountability.

The New Media Ventures 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.


The deadline for applications is Friday March 3, 2017 at 5 pm PT. EXTENDED UNTIL SUNDAY EVENING, MARCH 5, 2017.

*The deadline for the current open call, Shift the Story, is Friday, February 2, 2018 at 11:59pm.

This election has challenged all of us to do more, and we want to help create the future we want to live in. We are particularly interested in the intersection of media, technology, civic engagement and advocacy, where innovation can have an incredible impact. We’re thinking about how to make media work better for our democracy and technology issues that will impact social justice.

During this Open Call, we are looking for companies and organizations working to resist fear, lies and hate as well as those focused on rebuilding, and using this unprecedented moment of citizen mobilization to shape a better future. We are particularly interested in projects in the following categories:

  1. Organizing newly politicized people. This could include organizations that are effectively blending national reach via digital tools with local impact via on-the-ground organizing but also best-in-class technology that can help organizations do that work.
  2. Building better media. We are looking for ways to burst filter bubbles, fight fake news and dark influence. We also want to hear about new business models that reward quality and engagement, solutions that elevate new voices with more diverse perspectives, and creative distribution strategies.


Check-out our extensive FAQs and listen to the recording from our informational webinar

You can also email with any questions.

Good luck!

Note: New Media Ventures typically solicits applications for funding twice a year via our Innovation Fund Open Call. We also review applications for later-stage startups throughout the year, email directly if you’re raising a larger round of funding and would like to chat.

Apply for the New Tools Shoutout at the BISC Conference

by: | Jan 05, 2017

We’re taking the New Tools Shoutout, a Netroots Nation favorite, on the road!

This winter, we’re partnering with BISC to bring the Shoutout to this year’s Road Ahead conference (Feb 1-3 in Las Vegas). We want to feature YOU and the technology you’ve created and/or used to make organizing easier and more engaging.

During this breakout, selected applicants will have the opportunity to pitch an app, product or technology that they’ve built or recently used directly from the Road Ahead stage. This is a great opportunity to showcase your work to peers, practitioners and potential partners.

Apply for the New Tools Shoutout by end of day on Monday, January 17th

The tools featured in this breakout must meet the following criteria:

  1. Applicants must demonstrate the impact this tool will have on the campaigns themselves and/or the field at large. Are there metrics in place to measure impact? Does the tool fill a void in the ballot measure landscape? Does it save campaigns time or money?
  1. Tools featured do not need to originate from a ballot measure campaign but must be applicable to the ballot measure process.
  1. Apps, products and technology featured must fall into at least one of the categories outlined below:

Category 1: Campaign Tools and Tactics

Apps, products and technology featured in this category must relate to the process of qualifying for and running a campaign. For example, your product could aid in voter registration, voter communications or outreach, signature collection, voter guides, etc.

Category 2: Data Analytics and Tracking

Apps, products and technology featured in this category must have an impact on the tracking or analysis of campaign data, such as tracking voter contact, analyzing the campaigns impact through data analysis, fostering data sharing amongst partners, etc.

Got a tool you want our partners to know about? Apply for the New Tools Shoutout before the end of day on January 17th!