The University of Central Lancashire’s school of Journalism, Media and Communication is now seeking applicants to take part in the weekend course.
The initiative, entitled MADE (Media and Digital Enterprise), hopes to attract up to 30 news entrepreneurs from across Europe who wish to launch or grow their news start-up.
Successful applicants will work with a team of mentors including digital pioneers from ScraperWiki, an experienced team of website trainers for Talk About Local and UCLan’s School of Journalism, Media and Communication and Northern Lights’ business support team.
Project founder François Nel said: “The ideal candidates will be creative, motivated communicators looking to make factual content in the public interest.
“Projects could be news and information, hyperlocal news, niche content or issue based. If it’s in the public interest, we want to hear from you.”
Following the MADE:UK Startup Weekend, up to five projects will be invited to join the MADE:UK Hothouse, a 12 week mentoring and support programme that will give entrepreneurs one-to-one access to expertise from MADE project partners to develop and grow their enterprises.
Talk About Local CEO Sarah Hartley said: “In many ways, the timing for this MADE opportunity couldn’t be better with such a growing interest, and need, to find new sustainable business models for news providers. I’m looking forward to working with these news entrepreneurs to help them find and develop their communities and start answering some of the massive demand there is for trustworthy news and information.”