Three-month coaching and mentoring programme for selected startups / Börsenvereinsgruppe initiative designed to encourage transnational, cross-industry exchange / Content Startup of the Year to receive €10,000 grant
Erstellt am 28.06.2023
The Börsenvereinsgruppe’s CONTENTshift accelerator fosters the development of innovative business models in the book industry. A total of 44 startups qualified for the accelerator this year. After a preliminary round and a pitch event in Frankfurt am Main, the CONTENTshift jury has now selected six companies from a total of ten to participate in the programme. The six startups from Germany, Austria and the UK will be given access to a high-ranking network of investors, experienced entrepreneurs and industry experts drawn from the book and media sector. They will also be given coaching sessions and take part in a co-creation workshop designed to test their business models, define current challenges and identify opportunities for cooperation. On 19 October at the Frankfurt Book Fair, the jury will select the final Startup of the Year, which will receive €10,000 in funding.
The following startups made it to the final round:
Jury spokesperson Per Dalheimer from Hugendubel, an omni-channel book retailer, noted: “This year’s six finalists cover key, forward-looking fields within the book industry. Each one of them brings new impulses to the table, including the fostering of reading skills, greater accessibility and information processing. Their use of artificial intelligence as a kind of turbo booster helps to break down barriers and enable easier, lower-threshold access to books. We’re delighted about the incredible range of creative ideas made visible by the accelerator every year. Each one helps to drive our industry further”.
The accelerator is supported by companies drawn from the book and media sector, which send representatives to participate in the CONTENTshift jury. The members of this year’s body of experts are the following: Martina Fiddrich (Cornelsen Verlag), Nina Hugendubel and Per Dalheimer (omni-channel book retailer Hugendubel), Detlef Büttner and Leif Göritz (Lehmanns Media/Thalia Bookstores), Colin Hauer and Magia Ramm (Hörbuch Hamburg), Wolfgang Pichler (MANZ Verlag), Jasmin Ahluwalia and Philipp Neie (Schweitzer Fachinformationen), Stefanie Penck (TeNeues Verlag), Ronald Schild (MVB) and Lennart Schneider, an independent strategic advisor and external partner to the programme.
Visit our website for more information on the programme schedule: https://www.contentshift.de/accelerator/ablauf
CONTENTshift is a Börsenvereinsgruppe initiative that focuses on new business models for the German-language book market. In addition to the accelerator, it also comprises regularly scheduled pitch events (“icebreakers”) and a newsletter. The initiative was launched as a means of supporting founders, connecting startups to the book industry and spreading the word industry-wide about new business models.
About the Börsenvereinsgruppe
The Börsenvereinsgruppe (Group of the German Publishers and Booksellers Association) represents the interests of Germany’s book industry and acts as the central service provider to its members. The Group consists of the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels (German Publishers and Booksellers Association) and its business subsidiaries, which include the Frankfurter Buchmesse and MVB, the Mediacampus Frankfurt as well as the Holding Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels Beteiligungsgesellschaft. The Börsenvereinsgruppe provides a range of professional support services and educational offers for members of the book and media industry, including advocacy, cultural projects, tradeshow organisation, training programmes, publishing and technology services.
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