Last year, the Norwegian Media Cluster was awarded EU funding to boost emerging media technology through the STADIEM consortium. STADIEM (Startup Driven Innovation in European Media) is now calling the most promising tech startups, scaleups, and SMEs to join the STADIEM program, a four-stage program to develop, integrate and pilot your solution.
The STADIEM program aims to bring together startups, scaleups, investors and media organizations to foster the development of Next Generation Media solutions. The goal is to boost the opportunities and success of innovative companies by developing and growing in close cooperation with corporate and venture partners, securing a sustainable growth to success. The program has a 19,5 MNOK budget to be distributed amongst the participants accepted through the first open call.
Startups accepted to the STADIEM program can receive up to 1,5 MNOK each in funding.
The project will develop a strong community of tech and media stakeholders to stimulate, shape and foster the application of emerging technologies - including artificial intelligence, 5G, the cloud, the Internet of Things, virtual/augmented reality, wearables, and data analytics, through the deployment of a dynamic and impactful incubation and acceleration program.
Match -> Develop -> Integrate -> Pilot
The STADIEM program has a duration of 14 months and is broken down into four phases.
- Match; 40 startups will be selected for the Match Phase, which consists of digital events, organized by each hub. These events will include pitching, mingling, networking and one-to-one meetings. The aim is for startups/SMEs to identify corporate partners and lead for developing a pilot/and present a "Letter of Intent" or strategy to lock pilot partners. This phase has a duration of two months.
- Develop; During this phase, at least 16 startups/SMEs will ensure validated commitment from corporate partners to carry out the pilot within the timeframe and plan allocated. The development phase will last for six months.
- Integrate; At least 12 startups/SMEs will begin (technical) integration and testing or pre-pilot activities for public pilots. This includes but is not limited to internal testing and evaluation of business processes and performance, technologies, and solutions that enable and drive forward startup and corporate collaboration. This phase has a duration of two months.
- Pilot; Over four months, at least four startups will execute public pilots with the corporate partners in real-life environments. The pilots are evaluated for generating business value and gathering feedback from customers and other involved parties.
The application submission deadline is 31 March 2021, 5PM CET.
Watch the 1st Open Call webinar to learn more about STADIEM's vision and objectives, the Open Call program, and discover how you can apply for funding.