Spring 2012 Seed Funding Awards

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The Tow-Knight Center recently awarded $47,000 in seed funding for projects developed by students in the CUNY J-School’s Spring 2012 Entrepreneurial Journalism Program. John Samuel Raja Duraipandy (above, presenting his plan for “How India Lives”) was one of five award winners.

Spring 2012 Entrepreneurial Journalism Program Awards

 
Brianne Garcia ($16,500) for Parceld, an online space where women looking for specific items are matched with retailers and brands. The site also enables its community of users to share fashion news and information. Brianne has already assembled a team and built a prototype, and is in the process of raising $250,000 in friends-and-family financing.

John Samuel Raja Duraipandy ($16,000) for “How India Lives,” a paid service aimed at business customers that provides Indian public data in a searchable and visualized form. The service will also provide basic data free for media and consumer use. John has returned to India and completed a first prototype, as well as undertaken considerable market research.

Noah Rosenberg ($6500) for Narratively, a digital platform devoted to original, true, and in-depth storytelling about New York, with plans to expand to additional cities. Through writing, photography, documentary video, animation and interactive media, Narratively distills New York—one story at a time. Noah has posted Narratively as a crowd-funding project on Kickstarter to raise $50,000 in seed funds. [UPDATE: Rosenberg surpassed his Kickstarter goal. MORE.]

Hanan Solyaman ($5000) for Mandara Media, a news portal serving Upper Egypt. Digital training to journalists in that region is also part of the plan. While in the Tow-Knight program, Hanan received a separate $40,000 grant from the International Press Institute to develop the site.

Ashley Milne-Tyte ($3000) for The Broad Experience, a podcast series that brings thoughtful, intelligent conversation—and a little attitude—to the subject of women and the workplace.

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