New/Mode, an Advocacy Tech Startup, Receives Grant from Progressive Angel Investor
New Media Ventures Names New/Mode as 2019 Recipient, Seed Fund’s Investments Aim to Drive Innovation, Spark Civic Engagement and Create Societal Change
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA — New Media Ventures, a seed fund and angel network investing in entrepreneurs and activists working at the intersection of progressive politics, movement building, narrative change, and civic engagement, has announced it has invested in New/Mode, a multi-channel advocacy and engagement platform, naming the company as one of its 2019 recipients.
New/Mode, which was founded by Steve Anderson and Shamus Reid, helps the world’s most important causes activate grassroots support, reach lawmakers, and win campaigns. New/Mode’s powerful calling, email, fax, social and letter to the editor tools are used by hundreds of the top campaigns, nonprofits and advocacy organizations around the world to make change.
“Since it launched, New/Mode has helped change the progressive digital game, allowing nonprofit organizations to activate grassroots support in ways never before imagined. New/Mode’s technology can help the world’s most important causes activate supporters, reach lawmakers, and win campaigns,” said Julie Menter, Managing Director of New Media Ventures. “New Media Ventures is proud to be able to support New/Mode’s work, giving all grassroots activists the tools they need to win.”
“New Media Ventures is one of the most respected backers of civic tech in the world and we’re absolutely thrilled to have their support,” said Steve Anderson, Co-founder and CEO of New/Mode. “New/Mode’s multi-channel platform already powers millions of civic actions and NMV backing will help us grow that democratic empowerment dramatically. We firmly believe that civic tools must scale to meet the challenges before us and we plan to be an important part of the solution.”
New Media Ventures received more than 500 applications from progressive startups seeking funding this year, up 50% from 2018 and a massive increase over the 100 applications received in 2016. Of the 500 applications, New Media Ventures has announced 17 recipients. In total, New Media Ventures will invest $1.5 million in organizations working at the intersection of politics, movement building and civic engagement — their largest round of funding ever. 2019 recipients included Upsolve, the Sunrise Movement, Avalanche Strategies, Prism, Wonder Media Network, New/Mode, Survey 160, CommunityConnect Labs, a collaboration between the Center for Technology and Civic Life and Vote.org, PeoplesHub, Contest Every Race, Gather Voices, the Movement for Black Lives, Pulso, Swing Left / Flippable, and the Luz Collective.
“At New Media Ventures, we see investment as a mechanism for societal change, and work to redirect capital towards entrepreneurs and activists on the front lines to tackle the biggest challenges facing our democracy and society today. We look beyond expected opportunities to find the most innovative and effective approaches to creating lasting societal change. After reviewing hundreds of applications, we can confidently say that we’re seeing groundbreaking innovation across the progressive landscape and are inspired by the leaders stepping up to tackle the biggest issues facing our democracy,” said Julie Menter, Managing Director of New Media Ventures.
Led by women, New Media Ventures has mobilized more than $50M in direct funding to more than 70 startups since launching in 2010. Past recipients include Pantsuit Nation, Blavity, SumOfUs, ActBlue Civics, Indivisible, Mijente, MobilizeAmerica, Attentive.ly and Upworthy.
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New Media Ventures (NMV) invests in entrepreneurs and activists wrestling with the biggest challenges facing our democracy. They have supported more than 70 companies and organizations working to build movements, create new narratives, and spark civic engagement. By changing where capital is invested, NMV works to shift the structures of power to benefit more people.
(New Media Ventures) Madison Donzis | 210.488.6220 | firstname.lastname@example.org
(New/Mode) Steve Anderson | (202) 996–2001 ext. 901| email@example.com