Jul 26, 2012

A Conversation with MADE:Turkey Speaker and Coach Stuart Morris

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Stuart Morris is a serial entrepreneur.

Over the past 19 years, he's learned how to grow ideas into successful technology businesses in developed and developing countries. He's also learned how to pick himself up and try again when things don't go to plan. Now he's passionate about helping other entrepreneurs start and build their businesses, too. He does that as a lecturer at the Centre for Entrepreneurship at Henley Business School,UK, as a mentor in The Family Business, and through the Transformational Business Network, of which he is a co-founder.  

Stuart is also part of an international team of inspirational speakers and coaches contributing to the first 48-hour MADE: Turkey Weekend for Media Startups that kicks off at 6pm on Friday, Oct 5 at Istanbul Bilgi University.

Q1 - Turkey remains a challenging place for independent journalism. What role do you think digital news entrepreneurs have to play in an increasingly connected country?  

Digital journalism doesn't have to rely on the physical infrastructure of print journalism. The journalist, and their message, can remain mobile and therefore respond to stories more quickly but they're also less vulnerable to the risks inherent in having to have physical resources in a fixed place.

Q2 - Like in most of Europe, Turkey's mainstream media is dominated by a few cross-media conglomerates. What opportunities do you think there are for grassroots media startups to challenge the status quo?

I think the opportunity is huge. Many of the old conglomerates are dying but are so big that they don't know it yet. Grassroots media can compete with them on every level by offering a quality product in an accessible way.

Q3 - Is it wise for entrepreneurs to take risks with digital innovations at time when many in the traditional media are struggling with it?

It isn't wise! It is essential! Whilst the traditional media struggle, the opportunity is there for the entrepreneurs to create something new, vibrant and profitable. The old business models are broken and it is time to find new ones.

Q4 - What’s the single most important advice you can give to someone wanting to start a digital media enterprise?

Don't keep talking about it... do it. If you keep waiting for the 'perfect moment' the circumstances will have changed and the opportunity will be lost.

Q5 - The MADE project is, so far, operating in the UK and soon in Turkey. How do  you expect the project activities to  differ in the various locations, particularly given the different economic and socio-political factors in the  two countries?

That's a huge question. The UK and Turkey are very different nations with incredibly diverse cultural, political and economic backgrounds. The challenges will be similar in nature but express themselves differently. Some of the solutions will be similar but in many ways the detail will be very different if only because the people solving them will have different outlooks on life, different backgrounds and different resources to call upon.

APPLICATIONS for one of the 20 places on the MADE:Turkey Weekend for Media Startups are being accepted until 5pm on the September 5th. For regular updates, follow us on Twitter and join the conversation in the MADE Network group on Facebook.

Jul 23, 2012

Application now open for the first MADE: Turkey Weekend for Media Entrepreneurs

Are you thinking about starting up a digital news site or a publication in Turkey?
Or have you recently done something like that? Need some help?

Then the MADE project might be just what you're looking for. 

Our international team of experienced news entrepreneurs and business experts are working to help news startups in Turkey and the UK stay up through cutting-edge workshops, networking and creative business support programmes that will help you develop innovative content, commerce, communities and connections.

Applications are now being accpeted HERE for the first 48-hour MADE: Turkey Startup Weekend from 6pm Friday, 5 October to 6pm on Sunday, 7 October, at Istanbul Bilgi University, Santral Campus, Energy Museum. Application deadline: 5pm 5 September.

Drawing on the latest research into news online, on mobile and on tablet - and a track-record of mentoring successful digital start-ups - the MADE team will help
participants develop business strategies that consider a variety of direct and indirect revenue streams, in addition to advice on managing teams and resources effectively
and efficiently.

Participants will also be invited to #DJCamp2012, a two-day workshop on how to use cutting-edge data journalism tools and techniques in order to create compelling content in
highly efficient ways, hosted by IBU from 8-9 November (More details to follow).

Linking into the MADE Network will give you the chance to continue to learn and share with experienced mentors and an international network of creative media entrepreneurs just like you!

Suitable projects and teams may be offered a place on Özyeğin University’s Startup Factory’s entrepreneurs bootcamp and incubation programme – starting immediately
(from Oct 8th) or in January 2013.

Learn more here. For updates, follow this blog and join the conversation on Twitter @uclanMADE. You can also contract us directly at MADEturkey@gmail.com

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.