MediaFutures runs a support programme for startups, SMEs and artists, selected through a total of three Open Calls.

During the 1st Open Call, running from November 2020 to January 2021, 19 projects were initially selected.

7 startups in the ‘Startups for Citizens’ track, and 7 collaborative projects between startups and artists in the ‘Startup meets Artist’ track participated in the one month START phase to develop their ideas. At the end of this period they had the opportunity to pitch and 7 projects were selected for the BUILD phase: 3 in the ‘Startups for Citizens’ track and 4 in the ‘Startup meets Artist’ track. 5 projects were selected in the ‘Artists for Media’ track and joined the Artist residency programme.

At the end of the programme, participants showcased their projects and artworks in an online DemoDay on 23 September 2021 and a prize of €5,000 for artists and €10,000 for startups was awarded for the most successful contestants, following the decision of a jury.

Projects of the 1st cohort are presented below.

Startup meets Artist

Best startup and artist in
Startup meets Artist track





Startups for Citizens
Best startup in
Startups for Citizens track

Closing the Gap – the Gokind venture


People Supported Intelligence

Artists for Media

Critical Climate Machine

Evil Magic Mirror

Social Sandwich

Best artists in
Artists for Media track

Soft Evidence

730 hours of violence

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MediaFutures was part of the S+T+ARTS ecosystem.

MediaFutures is part of the S+T+ARTS ecosystem.