INITIATED IN 2015 AS NEXT MEDIA ACCELERATOR WE'RE THE LEADING PAN-EUROPEAN STARTUP PROGRAM FOR INNOVATION IN MEDIA & MARKETING. NOW WE'RE EAGER TO CHALLENGE NEW INDUSTRIES. FIRST UP: FINANCE.
Initiated in 2015 we confidently grew to be the leading pan-European startup program for innovation in media & marketing. We built a strong ecosystem of startups, media partners, mentors and investors.
We have sucessfully built a strong international network and community in media & marketing. Now we are carrying our learnings into other industries.
We are proud to be members of GAN, a highly curated community of accelerators, partners, and investors.
With them and several other partners on board in the usa, europe and israel, we aim to become the largest hub for startup-driven innovation in europe.
Meet the Team
NICO hasn’t been offline since 1995. He likes exploring new things and has been a part of the German startup scene for 20 years. Nico started his career in online marketing, then pioneered blogging and Social Media in Germany. He has been scouting, advising and investing in startups since 2000.
CHRISTOPH has a degree in business mathematics and shows a track record as consultant and entrepreneur in digital media and communication industries since 1999. His focus is to connect our startups with corporates and investors to foster the digital innovation landscape.
Director Media Innovation and Coordinator EU Projects
TANJA has always been there where media innovation happens. She started her career in different leading roles in the TV business. In 2016 she received her doctorate at the Filmuniversity Babelsberg and published her thesis “Innovation Management for New TV”. She now brings all her experience to NMA media and the EU projects (namely STADIEM and MediaFutures), the NMA is involved in.
With several years of fintech experience both in academics and out on the field ANNE is an exemplary leader with a large network in the fintech space. She has been playing an active role in Hamburgs startup-ecosystem for a long time and with positions at Finleap and Finexity, she has been at the forefront of the city's fintech-innovation.
Being surrounded by people from different countries makes JULIA feel at home. A journalist with a MA in Media & Globalization, she enjoys learning from startups and using communications as a way to keep the community together.
Jr. Program Manager Fintech
To accelerate our startups JAN works side by side with our teams. He himself is driven and founder-minded with his own entrepreneurial experiences reaching back almost 7 years. He early recognized blockchain-technologies potential for the financial industry and coordinates Hamburgs Blockchain-Scene via the Hanseatic Blockchain Institute.
Office and Event Manager
ELIZABETA is the empathetic welcoming face of the NMA. Not only as the Office Manager but also with her strong skills in event organization the multitalent is a positive driving force in the NMA orbit.
MEINOLF has driven innovation inside of German Press Agency dpa since 1996. Always interested in what’s next, he founded Scoopcamp to explore new ideas in journalism. Meinolf’s ambition is to constantly push the digital transformation of the media industry.
Business Development Manager
After working in launch and change management, as well as in marketing, MERLENE joined NMA to develop new accelerator programs for additional startup industries. In close correspondence with the managing partners she coordinates the interest-integration of startup and corporate partners, while adding academic insights in e-commerce and sustainability from HSBA.
Project Manager EU Projects
Inspired by entrepreneurship and the empowerment of new ideas FERNANDA gives a business-oriented perspective to the NMA team. As an MSc Business Development candidate, she provides guidance at identifying value propositions, mapping business strengths, and developing strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
Our international network of mentors gather knowledge in many different areas, from business and story development to pitch training, financial rounds and exits.
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