Resources for Journopreneurs

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Do you need funds or mentorship for your venture? This is a curated list of resources for recovered journalists, aspiring media entrepreneurs, or social entrepreneurs who also happen to be female and/or Latina/Latin American.

  • ICFJ A Digital Path to Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Latin America Program. The idea is to create media business models that harness the power of digital tools to generate sustainable new revenue. The Path to Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Latin America program has been reopened for applicants from Honduras and Nicaragua only. More info here
  • The Media Innovations Tour: Reimagining Revenue Models. The Poynter Institute designed a comprehensive study tour with leading digital innovators in New York City, Washington, D.C. and the Poynter Institute in Florida.
  • Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism. The Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism is helping create a sustainable future for quality journalism. The one-semester Advanced Certificate program focuses on innovative approaches to journalism, business fundamentals, contemporary technology skills, and new business models for news.
  • The ONA-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media. Training designed for women working in the digital space with leadership responsibilities or demonstrated leadership potential, who are focused on advancing their careers toward higher leadership in journalism and technology. More info here.
  • The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute. Invites proposals from people and institutions to collaborate with RJI on innovative ideas and projects to improve the practice or understanding of journalism. More here.
  • Matter VC. An intensive bootcamp focused on building scalable media ventures with a human-centered, prototype-driven design process. 20 weeks and $50k in investment. More here
  • Media Factory. Aceleradora de medios digitales de América Latina e invierte US$75,000 en cada compañía y trabaja con sus fundadores para mejorar la distribución de contenidos, la participación de las audiencias y para encontrar fuentes de ingresos. Más aquí.
  • SXSW Accelerator startup competition. Companies must fall within one of the following category descriptions: Entertainment and content technologies, enterprise and smart data technologies, health and wearable technologies, innovative world technologies, payment and virtual reality technologies. More info here
  • Women Innovating Now (WIN) Lab. Designed by women entrepreneurs, for women entrepreneurs, the WIN Lab in Miami focuses on developing the entrepreneur as well as building the enterprise. As a result, it catalyzes competent, confident CEO founders with ventures that have growth potential.
  • Startups for News. An international competition that rewards the best start­ups bringing novel solutions to newsroom challenges. Each year, Global Editors Network (GEN) selects early-stage startups providing innovative products or services to media companies and accelerates their development through exclusive exposure and mentorship.
  • Accelerate Change. An incubator for citizen organizing projects launched in 2012 by Peter Murray, former President of the Center for Progressive Leadership. Accelerate Change is committed to developing and testing new models for large-scale organizing initiatives.
  • Manos Accelerator. A mentorship-driven accelerator program in Silicon Valley that provides “hands-on” education, business resources, infrastructure, capital, and guidance for promising Latino-led startup companies, moving them toward a fast track to success.
  • Avion Ventures. An eight-week program (pre-incubator) that helps Latina founders to develop their platform or prototype. Two weeks in person in San Francisco. Four weeks virtually at home. Two weeks back in San Francisco culminating in a demo day in front of investors. The cost to you is 3% of your company.
  • Kapor Center: Funding is one of the four strategies that the Kapor Center uses in pursuit of its mission. They offer other routes to funding resources: investments, partnerships and event sponsorships.
  • North Base Media: An investment firm focused on media, journalistic enterprise and digital-driven opportunities in growth markets.
  • The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF). Offers Adelante (Moving Forward), a five-year reporting initiative that aims to amplify the voices of women journalists in Latin America and strengthen their professional development, impact, and safety.
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