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Matter Announces Second Class of Start Ups for Media Accelerator Program

matter-media-startupsMatter, a start up accelerator, has announced seven start ups to take part in it’s second class. Backed by PRX, The Knight Foundation and KQED, Matter calls it a class or a program, but it’s more like media start up boot camp. The companies will all work together in a co-working space in San Francisco, attending speaking events, reviews, mentoring sessions and workshops for four months. The program culminates in a demo day in San Francisco and a showcase in New York.

Each start up receives a $50,000 investment to get them rolling. The companies participating in the program, which starts this week, focus on cross-publishing, collaboration and crowdsourcing. If you want to know what the future of publishing looks like, it’s probably something like this. Here’s a full list of the companies from Matter’s press release:

  • Connu – Connu helps emerging writers find, connect with and monetize audiences through publishing the best new short stories.
  • Contextly – Contextly enables publications of all sizes to be both informative and viable in the age of drive-by readers by marrying editorial wisdom to the power of algorithms.
  • The Creative Action Network – The Creative Action Network (CAN) is a marketplace for artists, causes and supporters to harness their talents for good by creating, buying and sharing original, crowdsourced creative content and merchandise.
  • Formidable – Formidable Corp. bursts the filter bubble to help connect you to people outside of your social circle.
  • Getcast – Getcast empowers creative professionals to take control of their careers by connecting them through a platform that helps them showcase their work, hone their craft and collaborate on a global scale.
  • Hacklog – Hacklog empowers individual journalists to be more relevant to their audiences, impactful with their stories and in charge of their careers by providing honest analytics.
  • Woop.ie – Woopie (Write Only Once, Publish It Everywhere) empowers writers and publishers to easily reach their audiences on all devices and platforms through a digital content publishing tool focused on responsive design.

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