28 September 2021 marked the return to physical events for MediaMotorEurope (MME) and its startups. Future week happened in Bergen, Norway, hosted by Media City Bergen / NCE Media (MCB) and it was the first large physical mediatech gathering in Norway post the start of the pandemic. It was also the perfect opportunity for the startups of the 3rd support cycle to meet in person.
Startups, jury and prizes
MME programme is halfway through its 3rd support cycle for deeptech startups that are tackling the most prominent media challenges of today. So, when the opportunity to meet in person and participate in a physical event presented itself, there was no doubt that the MME startups had to be there. 13 of the 20 companies of the ongoing support cycle accepted the invitation and challenge of going to Norway and pitching in front of an audience of media broadcasters and other mediatech companies, as well as a panel of prominent juris. The following startups joined the contest: Veeplay , summy , Wanted TV , x.news , Wantent , Questpass , Rumble Studio , Voxalyze , Movi , Kelp.Digital , Circulr , Exorde and Saulx.
And as for the juries, that performed spotlessly the difficult task of choosing the best pitches, we could count with:
- Knut Alfred Andersen, Chief Commercial Officer, Fonn Group AS
- Odd Gurvin, Project Manager, Norwegian Cognitive Center
- Petter Ole Jakobsen, Chief Innovation Officer and Co-Founder, Vizrt
For about 2 hours, the MME startups shined on the stage set in the Atrium of MCB and during that time, the jury listened, analysed, made questions and finally deliberated on the winners of the event. According to Odd Gurvin “the pitches were very good. They have practised and got to stand in front of an audience, so there was a high quality of every one of those“.
The prize for first place was a 2-year membership at the MCB hub, with access to the entire ecosystem and many other perks. As for the second and third places, they won a gift package with MCB’s own AI Beer.
But Future Week was more than just a pitching contest.
The Mediatech starts pitching contest was definitely the high point of the Future Week for the MME startups, but there was much more to add to this experience.
When they arrived in Bergen, the startups were invited to meet up in the media lab, the HQ of MCB. Here they met each other for the first time and learned a bit more about the MCB cluster and its members, and what was at stake at the pitching contest later that day.
After the pitching event and to finish the eventful day, everyone was invited to meet up in an informal gathering and networking event at a local game bar, where the startups were able to make connections and celebrate finally being back on stage.
On the day after, a guided tour through Bergen city was arranged with MCB’s own EU-advisor, Kristoffer Hammer, as the host. (Fun fact: Hammer was actually a certified tour guide of Bergen in his younger days). And to wrap up their stay in Bergen, they met up in the media lab again for an exclusive mingling event where they could network with the STADIEM scaleups, the STADIEM consortium, and members of the media industry of Bergen.
To better get a sense of what happened in Bergen, take a look at the photo gallery below.
Future Week was without a doubt a memorable event that marked the re-start of mediatech in-person events. Nevertheless, much more opportunities are to come and the MME is already planning for the future. Take a look at the MME’s upcoming events page and see what’s next for our startups.
See you at IBC? Stay tuned for more details!