2023 DW Global Media Forum Start Up Contest for Start-ups Worldwide

Deadline: April 17, 2023.

The Global Media Forum is looking for media start-ups. Send us your application to compete with innovative entrepreneurs from around the globe, meet new people, gain fresh skills and discover new ideas.

The start-up contest@GMF is an exciting format which is part of the annual DW Global Media Forum (GMF). Media start-ups from around the globe are invited to pitch their ideas and business models to a global audience, take part at an incubation workshop over several days in the run-up to the event, and compete for the first place in the competition.

The final event will take place on 19 and 20 June 2023 during the 16th DW Global Media Forum, which will happen both on-site at the World Conference Center in Bonn, Germany and online.


In order to partake, you should be interested in, or preferably already be working on innovations and trends in one of the following fields:

  • News intelligence – how can smart tools support work in the newsroom?
  • Media Literacy – how can we develop new tools to increase media literacy and thus prevent the spread of misinformation?
  • Civil Society – how can strengthen civil societies be strengthened with innovative tech ideas?
  • Internet censorship – how can we detect censorship and online shutdowns while creating better mechanisms and safeguards to ensure freedom of speech?
  • Media Production – how can new production tools ensure the resilience of free media in times of crisis and disaster?
  • Local means relevant – how can we support and empower local independent media?


  1. After the initial application phase, selected start-ups will be invited to participate in our incubation program. This includes three days of professional training and preparation for the final pitch session in the run-up to the DW Global Media Forum. The incubation days will take place on April 24 – 27, 2023.
  2. The start-ups will pitch their projects to our international jury, which will select three finalists. The pitch final will be presented as part of the official GMF conference programme, and will be broadcast in the event stream during the conference.
  3. The winners will get to enjoy global media coverage by DW media as part of the prize. In addition, the winners will also receive professional media training by Deutsche Welle Akademie.


Start-ups that are interested in participating can register via the link


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