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Jamlab Accelerator Programme for Africans in Early-stage Journalism and Media Start-up

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Apply for the 2023 Jamlab Accelerator Programme for Early stage journalists and Media start-ups.

Are you working on something that you think could reshape media or journalism in Africa? Do you have skills you could apply to create great new media? Do you have the energy and commitment to create something great? Jamlab Accelerator Programme for Africans is inviting you to join the Jamlab Accelerator Programme 2023.

About Jamlab Accelerator Programme
The Jamlab Accelerator Programme (JAP) in sub-Saharan Africa, is running a six-month hothouse for journalism and media innovators. The program offers a unique opportunity to fast-track your initiative, providing you with the tools, facilities, contacts, and support necessary to convert your ideas and ambitions into a commercially viable venture or product. Twenty-nine (29) teams have taken part in six iterations of the program, with six of them succeeding in securing additional investment immediately after the program. The program will run from June to November 2023.

About Jamlab
Jamlab, short for the Journalism and Media Lab, is a project of the Wits Centre for Journalism.
Our work aims to support more and better innovation in journalism and media in Africa.
Jamlab supports innovation by providing innovators with information, inspiration, and networks to support more, and more successful, innovation. They focused on three programs:

Knowledge Hub
Through our magazine, we showcase innovations and innovators, share experiences of using new technologies and tools, and provide access to research.

Community of Practice
We provide an opportunity to share experiences, knowledge, and learning.

Accelerator Programme
We provide coaching, mentoring, working space, technical support, and the opportunity to meet leaders in journalism and media as well as potential investors and partners.

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Requirement

  • Committed and creative journalists and media makers who are passionate about fixing what isn’t working in sub-Saharan African media.
  • startups that want to create innovative products or services to serve new audiences or bring new conversations or ideas to the public.
  • applications from ALL countries across Africa are accepted.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Successful startups will need a steady internet connection and a good command of speaking and writing in English.

 

Benefit
The six teams selected will receive the following:

  • Virtual mentorship and coaching from experienced media, startup, and tech experts and entrepreneurs.
  • Free places on a three-month Media Entrepreneurship course offered by Wits Centre for Journalism.
  • Access to a technical support development team.
  • Opportunities to pitch to potential investors, funders, and various stakeholders with an MVP (minimum viable product).
  • Access to a network that includes, but is not limited to, Programme Alumni.

Application Process

  • Do a thorough read of all the Frequently Asked Questions.
  • Take a look at previous startups on the accelerator program.
  • Have a look at what the alumni say about the program.
  • Complete this short application form to capture your details and confirm your eligibility and ability to participate.
  • write a short pitch setting out your idea for a new journalism start-up or describing your existing venture, and your ideas for growing and developing it further. Include in this pitch why and how your venture is innovating in the space.
  • Provide short resumes of your key team, including a line on each person’s role in the venture.
  • successful teams will need a steady internet connection and a good command of speaking and writing in English.
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Timeline
The deadline for applications is midnight (Central African Time), Friday 19 May 2023.
Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview on 7 June 2023.

Overview
Types of opportunity: Internship
Deadline: 19 May 2023
Open to: Journalists/ Media persons
Duration: 6 Months
Organizer: Jamlab Africa
Country: African

Inquiry
For any queries or questions, please send an email to info@jamlab.africa.
For more information visit Jamlab Africa 

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