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Next Challenge for Media & Journalism – US: Call for Applications until Nov 7

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted October 28, 2021 from Brazil
Expired on November 6, 2021
Next Challenge for Media & Journalism poster
Next Challenge for Media & Journalism poster

Applications are now open for the Next Challenge for Media & Journalism, a national startup competition seeking groundbreaking for-profit and nonprofit startups that will reinvent media in the coming decade.

The Next Challenge is committed to promoting racial and gender equity in media, embracing the demographic shift occurring in their communities and investing in startups with diverse teams.

One goal of the competition is that the majority of all judges, mentors, and first-round founders identify as female, BIPOC, and/or LGBTQ+.

The Next Challenge is a program of Glen Nelson Center at American Public Media Group which identifies, elevates, and invests in groundbreaking media ventures.

To date, the Center has supported the work of 50+ startups and hundreds of entrepreneurs through investments, workspace, and incubator / accelerator programs.

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Eligibility Criteria:
1. Nonprofit and for-profit media startups based in the United States of America and U.S. Territories;
2. Organizations legally incorporated in the U.S. (not required for the student division) and with the majority of employees and / or contractors living in the United States.
3. Teams of at least two people (Point of Contact + one team member)
3. Ventures that:
a) have earned less than US$1,000,000 (gross revenue including philanthropic support) in the twelve months ending September 30th, 2021. This does not include investment dollars.
b) have made progress against their concept (e.g., a working prototype, minimum viable product.)
c) if Student Venture Division, startups must be led by individuals currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program in a U.S.-based college or university (proof of student status will be required for all Student Venture Division finalists.)

Cash grants of up to USD$20,000 will be awarded to startups in four divisions. One grand prize winner will receive a total award of up to USD$50,000.

First stage applications will be accepted until Sunday, November 7th, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

Division Finalists and Division Winners will be notified when additional information is needed for future rounds.

For more information, please visit

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Oct 28
Oct 28

Friendly reminders:
1. Find and analyze open and closed grants opportunities that interest you. Try to discover:
• what they have in common, and
• how you can think ahead / plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Gather or update paperwork (certificates, attests, statements, resumes, etc.) and information usually required by calls such this one;
3. Write - baby steps... - and discuss a project draft, to validate within your group the priorities of the proposal(s) and to train your grant writing skills as well;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal / project. Start NOW!
5. Do visit regularly the World Pulse website to make customized searches for grant opportunities. How?
a) Click on the Menu (left upper corner);
b) Type the name of your country in the search area (blank space); click enter;
c) Click on Filters;
d) Click on Resource;
e) Browse the results (opportunities) that will show up, by chronological order of posting;
6. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... They will enlighten and inspire your network;
7. Share the opportunities that do not apply to you but can interest others;
8. Instead of copying this posting in order to share it, please forward the link of this page. Hence more people will get to know World Pulse, this website and/or its Resource section.
Best regards,
Ana Isabel

Jill Langhus
Oct 29
Oct 29

Thanks, Ana.