• WelkerMedia Creators Accelerator For Women And Minorities
    Be Accelerated, Funded & Noticed In 4 Months
    Featured by BBC & World Economic Forum, our award-winning school and acceleration program
    empowers, funds and promotes underrepresented young leaders, civic creators and changemakers

A Warm Place To Be Heard

Despite the positive shifts, there is a still a TINY place for creatives who represent emerging communities. It's just not right. And our network is on the mission to fix it, bringing the WM Lab program and connecting you with the brightest producers and mentors in our industry.

Working both with individuals and projects (ventures), we solve 4 key challenges creatives and changemakers usually face: personal development, team and resources, funding and money, media coverage and promotion. During the 4-month journey, we treat your persona and works as a real project, providing you with personal producers and own assistants (!), an access to our network and world-known organizations, sessions with local and global influencers (our list includes UN experts and nobel laureates) and even series of media coverages.

Do you still think that your project, venture or creative work doesn't deserve more attention and support? Feel free to ask us any questions or just apply to our program and we will show you that there is a warm place to be accelerated, funded and noticed.

WelkerMedia Creators Accelerator For Women And Minorities

Who We Accelerate

Who are our creators and changemakers?

Our fellows include the following groups:
  • Changemakers(Socialpreneurs & Civic Entrepreneurs);
  • Creators(Mediapreneurs, Civic Creators & Artists);
  • Activists(Community 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 are usually allocated for younger 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 participants;
  • #CreativeFighters. Projects and ventures driven by underrepresented communities and groups;
  • #Sisterhood. Projects and ventures driven by women changemakers.

  • How We Accelerate - Route & Model

    Just imagine, we work with changemakers from USA and South Africa, with socialpreneurs and community leaders, creators 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 which is divided on 5 key sections:

    Persona Development - Let's Start
    Our changemakers are persons with a flexible, "growth" mindset and a strong passion for change and creation. Since the beginning, we pay close attention to personal development that is focused on your skills, knowledge and overall foundation for the further growth. At this stage, you closely collaborate with your producers (personal consultants and educators) and get personalized weekly goods prepared specifically for you.

    Project Development - Be Accelerated
    At the "project" stage, we help you to optimize and accelerate your current works and projects both in terms of creative and business development. It's conducted in the format of weekly meetings (at least 1 per week) with your producers and special sessions with local and global mentors.

    Resources Development - Be Funded
    Along with growth aspects, we help you with resources and connections. It's represented within weekly and monthly meetings. We also provide the special "Warmplace" Week (an analogue of demo days) that allows you to represent your work to organizations, opinion leaders and our fund committee which is responsible for investments and funding opportunities.

    Media Development - Be Noticed
    We are happy when our fellows make a progress. That's why alike a TV show, our program also provides you with a media coverage, that helps you to get appearances and recognition. It includes: monthly interviews / coverages and media promotion for the most successful projects.

    Fellows - What's Next?
    Unlike other programs, we never say goodbye to our fellows and alumni. Moreover, they become a part of our network within various projects, initiatives and campaigs. Don't miss the next batch to join our movement!


    WelkerMedia Creators Accelerator For Women And Minorities

    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 which is widely 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. We usually form council / mentor pool based 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 batches.

    Groups

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

    Batches

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

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


    WelkerMedia Creators Accelerator For Women And Minorities

    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. We also fully or partially compensate programs costs for our participants. Moreover, all the funds that we receive during the program are donated to our fund in order to support our mission and #Warmplace 2020 project.

    General participation - We partially compensate program costs. The actual program price depends on your location / batch. We always publish this data in our local announces and social channels. Feel free to reach us right now to get all the details.

    Fellow participation (Free) - persons who won our fellowships, have an opportunity to participate without any costs. To the date, we are able to fully compensate up to 20% of applications per batch. Please, visit fellowships page in order to enroll through our annual competition. If you will not meet our fellow requirements, you can still participate on the general conditions.


    Enrollement Guidelines

    In order to enroll to WM 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 actual payment.

    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. If you have any questions, you can reach us directly.


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    WM Lab. Guidelines

    What is WM Lab?
    WM Lab is an award-winning school and acceleration program that empowers, funds and promotes underrepresented young leaders, creators and changemakers.


    What's the main mission of the program?
    As a part of The Future Youth Fund (WelkerMedia Foundation), 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?
    WM Lab is the only one program that brings a full-cycle ecosystem (personal producers, resources, fund and network) in order to support creative minorities and underrepresented communities regardless of the location or stage.


    How do you accelerate and support your fellows?
    We solve 4 key challenges creators and young leaders usually face: personal development, team and resources, funding and money, media coverage and promotion. During the 4-month journey, we treat your persona and works as a real project, providing you with personal producers and own assistants (!), an access to our network and world-known organizations, sessions with local and global influencers and even series of media coverages.


    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 WM 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?
    Sure! You can refund your money during 2 weeks since the actual payment.




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