21 promising deeptech startups and scaleups were selected for the second batch of the MME programme – let’s take a look at the numbers behind our second open call winners!
The second MME open call for startups and scaleups closed on the 30th of October, with 84 applications. 21 top deeptech innovators have been selected for the second support cycle. Who are they? Which challenges are they addressing? Let’s jump into it and share some relevant statistics with you!
Where are our startups based?
The 21 selected startups are based in 14 different countries, from both EU and H2020 associated countries. This shows the wide reach of MediaMotorEurope, and allows for a better diversity. The countries with more representation are Belgium, Germany, Norway, and the United Kingdom. In the infographic above, the map shows the widespread of the selected companies, across Europe and beyond.
Which media challenges are the selected startups targeting?
The open call winners present solutions to some of the biggest challenges of the media industry.
“Facilitating transition to a data-driven media industry 4.0” is the most common challenge, being addressed by almost half (48%) of the selected companies. The categories “Advancing human-machine interaction”, “Improved accessibility to media outlets” and “Better protection of personal data and data in general” are tied in second place, each represented by 14% of the startups. It is also interesting to note that the challenge “Fight against misinformation and fake news”, which had been heavily represented by the startups of the first support cycle, showed a decrease in the second support cycle.
What’s to come?
The top startups and scaleups have been assigned to one of MME’s four hubs:
- the Brussels hub – VRT, Belgium
- the Bergen hub – Media City Bergen, Norway
- the Sofia hub – Cluster Sofia Knowledge City, Bulgaria
- the Thessaloniki hub – THERMI – Business Incubator
Each startup has been assigned a dedicated coach chosen by their hub, that will help guide their path within the programme. Nevertheless, every startup will benefit from the complete range of opportunities within the MME ecosystem.
The startups and scaleups will be embarking the MediaMotorEurope journey starting in January 2021, and will benefit from several services: dedicated coaching to support upscaling the business and soft-landing to new markets, tailored support and guidance to their needs and challenge, matchmaking with media and creative corporations and public procurement support, meetings and networking opportunities with investors, pitching and showcasing at major media events, the chance to win tickets to relevant international conferences of high impact, and vouchers of up to EUR 600 to support travel costs to events (if possible to travel).
21 startups, 21 unique deeptech solutions to take the media sector into the future
You already know some relevant data about the selected startups that will join our second support cycle, but you can get to know them even better in our portfolio! Five challenges addressed, 6 months of intensive mentoring and scaling services, 21 innovative solutions that will be further developed under MME’s wing – let the journey begin!
Applications for our 3rd – and last – support cycle will open next year! Learn more about our intensive mentoring programme and stay tuned!