Call for Artists and Startsups

Are you a startup or an artist from the media field, working with data?

Are you willing to make data exploration both entertaining and informative?

Do you question the impact of data and technology on individuals and society?


The MediaFutures support programme is looking for artists and startups eager to reshape the media value chain through innovative, inclusive and participatory applications of data and user-generated content.


The first Open Call covers 4 Challenges.
Three of them are focusing on the coronavirus pandemic, the fourth one is open for other topics. Choose one of them and explain how you will address it through the MediaFutures support programme.

Each of the Challenges can be addressed via the use of any dataset or combination of datasets, from those provided by MediaFutures (, or other open or shared datasets.

To demonstrate the viability of your project, you should have a clear outline for the data you will require, including feasible strategies to access this data both technically and legally.


  • Up to €80,000 equity free funding for Startups
  • Up to €40,000 for Artists
  • Technical, legal and advisory support
  • Data and computational resources
  • Mentorship and training
  • Networking and peer learning
  • Marketing and promotion through EU events and communities

Deadline: 28 January 2021


MediaFutures is organising two webinars where interested individuals will be able to know more about the application process and the Acceleration and Residency programmes.


MediaFutures is a new data innovation hub bringing together startups, SMEs and artists to solve challenges in the media industry. Over the next three years, MediaFutures will support 51 startups and SMEs, and 43 artists across three Open Calls for applications, distributing a total amount of €2.5 million. Successful applicants will receive funding, mentoring and training.

The three-year project is delivered by a consortium of 10 organisations from six European countries:  Leibniz University Hannover (Coordinator), King’s College London, Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Music (IRCAM) Centre Pompidou, LUISS University, Zabala Innovation Consulting, Next Media Accelerator, Eurecat Technology Centre of Catalonia, Open Data Institute, DEN Institute and KU Leuven. It is funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 framework, Big Data Innovation Hubs programme. MediaFutures is part of the S+T+ARTS.