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Matter Ventures: Exciting New Opportunity for Media Entrepreneurs

Matter Ventures, a new start-up accelerator for media ventures, launched this week offering financial, strategic and management support to entrepreneurs looking to create meaningful and profitable media businesses.

The program is designed for media startups with multi-disciplinary teams who have early-stage prototypes, such as participatory platforms, mobile applications, B2B media services, and content production engines. Matter will invest in entrepreneurs who show high potential to create media ventures that make a meaningful, positive impact on society while pursuing a sustainable, scalable, profitable business model.

Startups selected to participate in Matter will receive a $50,000 investment, work side by side in a creative space in San Francisco, and participate in a four-month intensive acceleration program.

Matter was founded by three media nonprofits—KQED, the Knight Foundation and Public Radio Exchange (PRX)—to encourage media ventures that make a meaningful, positive impact on society while pursuing a sustainable, profitable business model.

KQED and the Knight Foundation are each investing $1.25 million in the initial $2.5 million fund and will have an equity stake in any projects that become viable businesses. PRX is providing strategic and management support.

Matter Ventures will be led by CEO and Partner Corey Ford with Jake Shapiro as partner and Jigar Mehta as director of operations.

Matter will select five startups for the inaugural session that begins in in late February 2013

Applications are now open and are due by January 6th, 2013.

Learn more and apply at www.matter.vc.

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