Battles 2018-06-19T15:36:10+00:00

2018 Pitch Battles

Startups for News 2018: the online pitch battles

Following the launch of the 2018 competition, 100 startups submitted their profile to be considered for this year’s edition. The Startups for News jury had the hard task to select the 16 most promising ones for the semi-finales, the online pitch battles. Now, we have the 8 finalists!

Every week, video presentations of two startups working on a similar theme was posted on this page. The public and the jury voted and chose their favourite startup, taking the winning one to the finale at the GEN Summit in Lisbon. A 50/50 combination of the jury and the public vote determined the winner of the battle.

At the GEN Summit, the 8 winning startups pitched in front of 800+ editors-in-chief and media professionals from over 70 countries. The winner was Vigilant and the runner up was Poool.

Meet the 8 finalists

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Eighth  Battle – Micropayments to the rescue

Jamatto

Jamatto allows digital publishers to engage directly with their customers to offer fair and transparent value exchange using micropayments.

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PayPeanuts

PayPeanuts allows Internet users to pay for content using their loyalty points helping publishers to increase revenues.……………………..

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 And the winner is… Jamatto!

Jamatto offers publishers and vendors the ability to charge small amounts easily, and consumers the ability to make hassle-free small payments. It is surprisingly simple to install, and consumers only have to set their account up once, by signing in with social or email. After that, it’s a one-click payment mechanism.

Jamatto pitched on the main stage of the GEN Summit 2018 this May, in Lisbon, Portugal.

Seventh  Battle – New ways to reach your audiences

3asyR

3asyR is a web app that helps dyslexic people read easily online by allowing the user to customise their reading experience.

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SpeechKit

SpeechKit uses artificial intelligence to allow publishers to automatically generate podcasts from their written news articles and monetise them.

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And the winner is… 3asyR!

3asyR is a tool that allows the user to highlight the words on its own. The user can also choose among 15 dyslexic friendly colors and font size options.

3asyR pitched on the main stage of the GEN Summit 2018 this May, in Lisbon, Portugal.

Sixth  Battle – Analyse that

Natural Tech

Natural Tech is developing SentiLecto, a NLU (natural language understanding) engine that can understand a text as well as a native speaker.

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Trendolizer

Trendolizer collects hundreds of thousands of links per day to monitor what is trending on the web while mapping networks of related sites.

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And the winner is… Trendolizer!

Trendolizer collects over 400,000 links per day from thousands of sources and measures, in real time, which ones are getting the most likes, views, retweets, and comments per hour. It includes an alerts and reports function.

Trendolizer pitched on the main stage of the GEN Summit 2018 this May, in Lisbon, Portugal.

Fifth  Battle – Work together

Facet

Facet provides an infrastructure that supports and manages effective newsroom collaboration.

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Targo

TARGO leverages new immersive technologies to enhance journalism.

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And the winner is… Facet!

Facet is a platform where organisations can quickly establish partnerships and have a shared workspace and tools. Facet is both an editorial and a management workspace.

Facet pitched on the main stage of the GEN Summit 2018 this May, in Lisbon, Portugal.

Fourth  Battle – Enhance your content automatically

Frames

Frames allows publishers to easily enhance more than 50% of their articles with charts using an automatic content matching solution.

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Loki

Loki enhances articles with auto-generated interactive visuals allowing publishers to gain insights about readers leading to more niche ad-targeting.

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And the winner is… Frames!

Frames allows publishers to easily enhance more than 50% of their articles with charts.
The team at Frames continuously observe the news stream and proactively create charts that give context to current world events. And when journalists write an article, they automatically suggest and insert related Frames. Frames pitched on the main stage of the GEN Summit 2018 this May, in Lisbon, Portugal.

Third Battle – Investigating public data

Elvis

Elvis allows journalists to visualise and investigate public spending.

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Vigilant

Vigilant is a public data access platform for live search and monitoring of public data sets.

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And the winner is… Vigilant!

The winner of the first battle is Vigilant. Vigilant allows real time search and monitoring across thousands of public data sources. If you would like to learn more about Vigilant, you can read their profile on our Medium publication.

Vigilant pitched on the main stage of the GEN Summit 2018 this May, in Lisbon, Portugal.

Second Battle – Make it visual!

Genially

Genially allows anyone to create effective interactive content in a fast and accessible way, without needing programming skills.

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Grafiti

Grafiti aims to become Instagram for Data, making it easy for anyone to explore, create, and share stories from data in minutes from anywhere.

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And the winner is… Grafiti !

The winner of the second battle is Grafiti. Grafiti empowers newsrooms with any data skill levels to explore vetted, trusted datasets; create interactive data content; and publish to multiple formats and channels — including video and interactives — in a single click. If you would like to learn more about Grafiti, you can read their profile on our Medium publication.

Grafiti pitched on the main stage of the GEN Summit 2018 this May, in Lisbon, Portugal.

First Battle – Crack the paywall code

Poool

Poool is an innovative management platform that allows publishers to define the most efficient monetisation and engagement strategies for each reader.

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The Playwall

The Playwall is the first payment solution for online content based on personal data as a currency, helping media organisations optimise their content and engagement.

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And the winner is… Poool !

Poool is a dynamic paywall which empowers editors to maximize their audience value using compensation choices. If you would like to learn more about Poool, you can read their profile on our Medium publication.

Poool pitched on the main stage of the GEN Summit 2018 this May, in Lisbon, Portugal.