• WelkerMedia Digital Activism School
    Be Accelerated, Funded & Noticed In 4 Months
    Leveraging our global network, fund and award-winning producers, our program empowers and
    promotes independent creators, activists and changemakers regardless of location or stage

In The WMCF Lab our mission is to help creators and changemakers from various regions and emerging communities to be noticed. In order to help you, we combine elements of the accelerator, creative school and mentoring program. Thus, we act as your producers, funders and mentors with a goal to solve 4 key challenges creators usually face: personal development, team and resources, funding and money, media coverage and promotion.

Working both with individuals and projects (ventures) we bring a highly personalized route based on your current: stage, objectives and resources. Depending on the case we highlight and empower specific areas leveraging our producers team, network, industry experts (our list includes UN experts and even nobel laureates), WM Fund and external partners.

In order to enroll to the program, learn the information below and fill out the applicant form. Very soon you will have an opportunity to join one of our chapter' batches.

WelkerMedia Digital Activism School

Who We Accelerate

Who are our creators and changemakers?

Our fellows include the following groups:
  • Changemakers(Socialpreneurs & Movements);
  • Creators(Mediapreneurs, Creative & Art Entrepreneurs);
  • Activists(Bloggers, Opinion Leaders, Public Persons).
We work both with projects and individuals who represent specific works, ideas or public movements regardless of age, location and stage. But our fellowships and special support are usually allocated for creative youth and young participants.

Communities & Regions

Our geography covers various communities, regions and countries, including Western Europe and Russia, APAC region and communities in USA. We work both with underrepresented creators and mainstream talents who are looking for financial help, advising or support.

Special Categories

Along with our main focus, there are also specific categories which are highly encouraged to participate in our program:
  • #Under25. Projects and ventures driven by Under 25 years old creators;
  • #CreativeFighters. Projects and ventures driven by underrepresented communities and groups;
  • #Sisterhood. Projects and ventures driven by creative women and girls.

  • How We Accelerate - Route & Model

    Just imagine, we work with creators from USA and South Africa, with artists and bloggers, creative startups and media projects. It's not surprising that we need to overcome totally different challenges and bottlenecks. In order to help you, we build a personalized route focused on 4 key areas:

    Persona Development
    Since the beginning our key objective is to grow your skills, knowledge and mindset, build a foundation for the further strategy and activities. It includes: personalized mentoring and education, weekly and monthly goods, working in groups.

    Growth Development - Be Accelerated
    At the "growth" stage, we help you with strategy (both creative and business), positioning and growth model. It's conducted in the format of weekly meetings (at least 1 per week) with your producers and special sessions with mentors.

    Resources Development - Be Funded
    Along with growth aspects, we help you with resources, team and funding. It's represented within weekly and monthly meetings. However we also provide special "Warmplace" Week (an analogue of demo days) that allows you to represent your work to organizations, foundations and opinion leaders across our network.

    Media Development - Be Noticed
    The constant media coverage is one of the key features of our program. It includes: weekly and monthly interviews / coverages, media promotion for the most successful projects. Thus, we help you to be noticed, get appearances and publications.


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    How We Accelerate - Producers, Mentors & Councils

    We work with our teams and projects as a creative school providing you with everything from producers who help to build a strategy to assistants who support the whole organizational process. At the same time we keep an everything that acceleration programs usually include.

    In particular:

    Producers - our internal team members who develop a personalized route, strategy and co-produce your project. It's a direct analogue of advisory board that often used in startup ecosystems.

    Assistant - person who assists you with any organizational and other questions. He also helps you with interviews and media coverage.

    Batch Peers - other projects and individuals of your batch / group. Collaborating with other peers, you can share experiences and synergize each other.

    Mentors & Councils (sessions) - there are more 1000 experienced creators, entrepreneurs and activists who are involved in working with our projects and fellows. Usually we form council / mentor pool basing on specific region or location. So it's not the same for different batches.

    Opinion Leaders (sessions) - our leaders pool includes more than 100 famous persons, including United Nations experts, nobel laureates, famous journalists, entrepreneurs.


    How We Accelerate - Agenda & Chapters

    Chapters

    Our program is basically conducted in online format with specific offline sessions and meetings. Just after an enrollement we choose an appropriate chapter / group depending on your location and region. It allows us to expand your experience leveraging local opinion leaders, experts, media and organizations

    To the date we have 3 main chapters:

    • US - North America;
    • Hong Kong - APAC Region & Asia;
    • Russia - Western Europe * CIS countries.
    If you don't belong to any of the regions above, please reach us. We can add you to our global chapters / batches.

    Groups

    Our groups include both projects and individuals who represent works and ideas. Usual group does not exceed 15-20 participants.

    Batches

    The whole program takes 4 months. We provide 2 batches per year:

    • Autumn(October 15 / November 1*);
    • Spring(April 15 / May 1*).
    * Specific dates can vary for different chapters;
    ** Don't hesitate to reach us at any time, regardless batches windows!


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    How To Start?

    Participation conditions

    WM Lab is a not-for-profit and no equity program. It means that we DON'T take any equity in your project and compensate some costs and applications. However, we have obligations to our employees and foundation that supports and sustains the network for our peers. That's why we have both paid and free participation options (all funds go to our fund in order to support our mission and #Warmplace 2020 project):

    General participation (paid) - Full cost of the program varies from $2.599 to $3.599. It depends on your region, category and chapter. Please, reach out our team in order to know about the price in your location. We also publish this data in our local announces and social channels.

    Fellow participation (free) - persons who won our fellowships, have an opportunity to participate without any costs. But it's important to mention that usually we compensate not more than 2/10 applications per batch. Please, visit fellowships page in order to participate in our annual competition.


    Enrollement Guidelines

    In order to enroll to WMCF Lab, please fill out the applicant form. Just in 24 hours we will be in touch with you in order to share all the details and answer your questions. Once, everything is clear and program is paid (or if you are fellowship winner), you will be enrolled to the program. During the whole process you are provided with a personal assistant who can answer any questions regarding the program or organizational process. You can also refund your money during 2 weeks since the beginning of program.

    If you have any other questions regarding the program, process, payment or refund policy, please check our full guidelines or reach us directly.


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    Applicant Form 2017. Enroll Me!

    Application deadline for the Autumn Batch is November 1, 2017. Please, feel out a form below. Just in 24 hours we will in touch with you in order to share all the details and choose an appropriate chapter for you.


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    WMCF Lab. Guidelines

    What is WMCF Lab?
    WMCF Lab is a WM Fund's initiative and a lean-driven program that combines elements of accelerator, school and highly-personalized mentoring program focused on young talents and early-stage projects in the fields of creativity, art, social change and media.


    What's the main mission of the program?
    As a part of The Future Youth Fund (WelkerMedia Fund), our accelerator is aimed to find and support promising creative youth who are looking for the comprehensive ecosystem and resources in order to grow their projects and potential.


    What's the main difference from existing programs?
    WMCF Lab is the only one program designed exsclusively for creative youth involving own media network, fund and fully-personalized approach.


    What's the main value for participants?
    We help you to be accelerated, funded and noticed regardless of your location or stage.


    What is the format of the program (offline / online)?
    Our program is basically conducted in online format with specific offline sessions and meetings.


    Do you accept individuals or projects?
    We work both with projects and individuals who represent specific works, ideas or public movements.


    Which is typical size of groups?
    It differs from region to region. But usually we form our groups up to 15-20 participants in order to deliver a better experience for each participant.


    Are the demographic limitations?
    We accept applications without any geographic, gender or demographic limitations.


    How to become a participant?
    In order to enroll to WMCF Lab, please fill out the applicant form. Just in 24 hours we will be in touch with you in order to share all the details and answer your questions. Once, everything is clear and program is paid (or if you are fellowship winner), you will be enrolled to the program.


    Do you provide refund options?
    You can refund your money during 2 weeks from program's beginning. But since our groups are highly selective, it's important to provide us with a reason of this decision.




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