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A home for the new generation of media makers. JAMLAB is a six-month hothouse accelerator programme for journalism and media innovators.

It will provide teams with the tools, facilities, contacts, and support necessary to realise their ideas and ambitions.

Applications for the incubator are now open.


The 2017 programme will run at the new Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct in Braamfontein, Johannesburg from July until December.

Up to six teams will receive:

  • A six month fellowship at Wits Journalism
  • Free workspace at the new Tshimologong Precinct co-working space
  • Mentorship and coaching from experienced media, start-up and tech experts and entrepreneurs
  • Free places on a three-month “Creating the Media” certificate course at Wits
  • Access to a software development team at Tshimologong
  • Opportunities to pitch to potential investors and funders

How do you apply?

Complete this short application form to capture your details and confirm your eligibility and ability to participate.

You will be asked to write a short pitch setting out your idea for a new journalism start-up or describing your existing venture and your ideas for growing and developing it further.

Include in this pitch why and how your venture is innovating in the space.

You will also be asked to provide short resumes of your key team, including a line on each one’s role in the venture.

Deadline for Applications

A workshop for applicants will be held on 5th June 2017 at 16:00 (South African Time), at Tshimologong, 41 Juta Street, Braamfontein.

The deadline for applications is 17:00 (South African Time), Friday, 9 June, 2017.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to pitch on 19th June.


Click Here to Apply now for the JAMLAB accelerator

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