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Accelerator Pitch Program at NAA mediaXchange 2016

Submit your Startup to Present at Accelerator Pitch 2016!

The Newspaper Association of America (NAA) is now accepting submissions for its third annual Accelerator Pitch program at NAA mediaXchange 2016, which will take place April 17-20, 2016, at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, DC. The program provides the opportunity for media startup companies to pitch their businesses to approximately 1,000 newspaper media industry executives and their colleagues.

The program is open to startup companies that have been founded within the last three years whose product or service helps meet newspaper companies' print, digital, mobile or advertising needs.

Accel Pitch presenter"We are excited to be bringing back the Accelerator Pitch program at NAA mediaXchange 2016, as it generates a lot of buzz on the part of the startups and the newspaper executives alike," said David Chavern, NAA president and CEO. "Accelerator Pitch is an excellent way to highlight innovations taking place in the industry that will propel newspaper media companies into the future."

NAA will select up to eight startup companies from the submissions it receives to pitch their products or services to key media, newspapers and advertising executives during NAA mediaXchange.

For each of the selected startup companies, NAA will provide a conference registration pass and a complimentary year of NAA associate membership, valued at $2,000.

"As a former newspaper editor, it was great to be among the delegates at last year's NAA mediaXchange. It was even more of a buzz to take part in the Accelerator Pitch -- and a thrill to win!" said Paul Field, CEO Europe for TouchCast, a 2015 Accelerator Pitch winner. "As a video start-up working extensively with media partners like the BBC, Wall Street Journal, Globo and Financial Times, it was fantastic to be able to network with newspaper executives at the event."

NAA is accepting entries for the program beginning October 29, 2015 through 5:00 pm EST on Friday, December 11, 2015. Entries will be judged on usefulness to newspaper media companies, innovation and creativity. The winners will be notified by Friday, February 5, 2016.

2014 Accelerator Pitch winner and 2015 mediaXchange panelist Kim Wilson, president and founder of Social News Desk, said "Social News Desk has grown exponentially since having won the opportunity to present at the Accelerator Pitch at NAA mediaXchange. More than 900 publishers and broadcasters around the world now use our social media management software tools. And through our experience with NAA, we've been able to build out our suite of social media tools for publishers!"

To enter:

Qualifying companies should e-mail the following information to Lindsey Loving, NAA Communications Manager, at lindsey.loving@naa.org:

1. Year the company was founded
2. Sample of current media clients
3. Explain why newspaper media companies would benefit from your company’s work.
4. How the product/service works
5. References (1 required)
6. Contact information

Please keep your submissions to no more than 3 typed pages.

Please contact Lindsey Loving with questions (email only).

View the October 29, 2015 press release.

To see the 2015 winners, click here.