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Application for the Startups for News competition are now open, seeking to hear from startups with innovative products and services that could help media organisations work more efficiently.

Applications for the programme, organised by the Global Editors Network in partnership with Journalism.co.uk, are open until 1 January 2018, after which the international jury will select 16 startups to participate in online pitch battles.

Eight finalists will then be selected to pitch on stage in front of around 750 media leaders at the GEN Summit in Lisbon, where the winner of the competition will be chosen.

The programme is aimed at startups founded no earlier than 2014 and that have received less than $1m (£763,125) in external funding.

The winner will receive exhibition space at GEN Summit in 2019, worth €7,000 (£6,188), as well as private mentorship sessions with the Global Editors Network board members.

The international jury includes members from Advance Digital, Al Jazeera, BBC, BudgIT, ESPN, Financial Times, Gabriel García Márquez New Journalism Foundation, Grupo Octubre, HuffPost South Africa, India Today Group, PRISA News, Rappler, Washington Post, as well as Journalism.co.uk.

"I've judged lots of startup competitions and the quality of startups in this contest is top notch. It's quickly becoming my favourite startup competition to watch. The competition is global, but everyone is focused on the news, which means the quality is really strong,” said David Cohn, senior director at Advance Digital.

Alumni of the Startups for News programme include Storyful, SAM, Datawrapper, Trint, Valossa, and Flourish.

Flourish, the winners of the latest season of the programme, enable non-coders to quickly produce and share visual and interactive stories based on flexible templates.

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