In mid-April the program travelled to Warsaw, Poland for the Media Development Investment Fund’s bi-annual Media Forum.
Hashtag Our Stories was selected for the inaugural Snap Inc incubation program: Yellow Inc. The incubation included office space and support at SnapChat’s offices in Los Angeles (United States) as well as an equity investment worth more than ZAR2 million.
SAMIP held its first Perfect Pitch competition in conjunction with the Duke Menell Media Exchange. News and media start-ups got the chance to pitch their businesses and ideas to a panel of judges that include MDIF deputy CEO Mohamed Nanabhay, the late Matthew Buckland...
The Innovation Challenge was announced alongside SAMIP’s launch. The winners of SAMIP’s first activation were announced on 12 November 2017. The nine finalists were shortlisted from more than 200 applications.
SAMIP was launched at an event held at Constitution Hill with Open Society Foundation president Patrick Gaspard giving the keynote address