PressPad secures £40,000 grant from the Future News Pilot Fund

We’re excited to be one of 19 projects chosen for backing by the Future News Pilot Fund!

The government-backed fund tests new approaches to public interest news so communities across England have access to reliable and accurate news about the issues that matter most to them.

PressPad has been awarded one of 19 grants offered to start-ups and small businesses who are pursuing new ideas and solutions that reimagine engagement and could improve the financial sustainability of public interest news. 

We’ll take part in the Fund’s Accelerator track, which is focused on supporting early-stage business using tech to re-imagine engagement with public interest news, particularly for under-served communities.

The accelerator programme is run by Bethnal Green Ventures and also includes an intensive three-month tech for good accelerator programme.

The founders will also receive valuable support from sector experts, fellow entrepreneurs and NESTA’s mentors and advisors. The fund also includes business coaching, workshops, training sessions, impact measurement support and access to research.

The programme will ensure that participants foster a community of changemakers within the ecosystem of public interest news.

The funding from the Future News Pilot Fund will enable us to solidify the company’s Diversity and Inclusion policies, make safeguarding policies tighter and scalable, and enable more young people get their start in journalism.

Support from the media industry is vital to what we are trying to achieve, and we continue to bring founding sponsors on board ahead of the launch of our new website and funding model. But so too is access to world-class social innovation support and resources to make sure that PressPad continues to be pioneers in improving access to a career in the media.

Business as usual and pre-existing diversity schemes have barely scratched the surface of the issues of elitism and lack of representation in British media and we’re excited that Nesta have recognised the need for a more radical, scalable and pro-active response that engages all stakeholders within the community.

The Future News Pilot Fund is dedicated to a community of changemakers with ideas on how public interest news can be generated, sustainably run and disseminated.

The fund was set up after a direct recommendation from the Cairncross Review, aiming to give tangible responses to the challenges in the declining public interest news sector. 

It is a partnership between Nesta and Bethnal Green Ventures and backed by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

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