Jul 2, 2012

Six finalists have been chosen for MADE project’s ‘Hothouse’

Over last weekend the Media And Digital Enterprise project (MADE) ran an intensive 48-hourr event for a select group of 30 media entrepreneurs. At the end of the MADE: UK Startup Weekend, the entrepreneurs pitched a panel of judges and MADE partners for a chance to proceed through to the MADE Hothouse.

The MADE Hothouse is a 12-week mentorship and business development scheme run in conjunction with UCLan’s Northern Lights business support unit. Winners will have access to a number of coaches and resources to further help their fledgling entreprises.

Today we are delighted to announce that those selected to participate in the MADE Hothouse are: Alison Smith, Pesky People Anthony Beswick and Scott Heslop, Fruit + Gemma Collins, 3VTV James Oldfield, Hand Pumped Michael Niskin, Entrepreneur Quarterly Stuart Goulden, One&Other Our judges felt these projects showed real dedication to the aims of the MADE project and would be able to benefit from the support and access to resources we can give them going forward. 
All the projects that were pitched were of a high standard and choosing among them was not easy. One of the judges Arthur Porter, publisher of The Business Journal said, “It was a very difficult decision due to the abundance of talent and excellent projects on show.

“The MADE: UK Weekend for Media Startups churned out an array of amazing journalistic entrepreneurs who somehow very quickly showed their enthusiasm for each other’s ideas and the problems they faced. They were looking for help and guidance from the coaches and their peers. None went home disappointed.”

Judge and MADE partner Sarah Hartley, managing director of Talk About Local said: "With all the doom and gloom around the industry at the moment it was inspiring to meet so many news entrepreneurs, people with a real passion to make a difference and I'm looking forward to working with many of them over the coming weeks."

The project’s director François Nel of UCLan’s school of Journalism, Media and Communications said: “We are very excited about what our MADE Hothouse winners will achieve and what we can learn from their journeys in entrepreneurship. What we want to establish is a network of lean media startups who can rely on us, and each other, for support and guidance.”

MADE will continue with further training events with a DJCAMP2012, a data journalism workshop being held on September 21-22 in Preston. In the Autumn, the MADE Project also moves to Turkey, kicking off with the 48-hour MADE: Turkey Weekend for Media Entrepreneurs from 5 to 7 October.

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