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NewU 2013

Welcome to the 2013 NewU Startup Competition open vote. We’ve competitively selected 11 startups throughout the course of this year and they are now competing for two, $20,000 seed grants.

Voting is now closed, but you can still review the competitors here. Watch this space for details about the winner and the next phase.

~Alli Joseph and Doug Mitchell NewU Co-Directors is a job website for media professionals in Asia. Employers can find media talent from Beijing to Singapore and from Tokyo to Bangkok. Currently, media companies have a difficult time finding quality media professionals though out Asia. Jobs seekers also can’t find media jobs in Asia in one place. solves these problems. Eric Wee is the founder and CEO of He was a reporter at the Washington Post where he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing. He is also the founder of


Blackline Review

BLACKLINE REVIEW is the digital news source about emerging companies. We connect Chicago’s community of entrepreneurs and investors through original stories and objective reviews of promising high-growth startups. Founded in October 2012, by journalist Rose Tibayan and former CBOE trader David Carman, Blackline Review aims for Chicago focus, but national appeal. 2013 RECIPIENT OF TWO BRONZE TELLY AWARDS In June 2013, eight months after going live, Blackline Review received two bronze Telly Awards for video coverage in two categories — news and information.
Rose’s Bio:


Brick City Live is a multimedia destination for journalism about, and perspectives from, Newark, New Jersey and the greater Newark area. The site primarily covers the types of stories that go largely underreported here, including business and entrepreneurship, art, style, tech, sustainability, and innovation. The site’s model and infrastructure, which enables vetted local contributors to autonomously contribute content about their areas of expertise, can also be replicated in other locales.


Diverse Scholar

DiverseScholar (a non-profit project of Community Partners) specializes in diversity talent sourcing at the junior faculty level especially in STEM fields. Our unique community of diverse PhDs use our website, read our _DiverseScholar_ original articles, and populate our Doctoral Directory CV database. DiverseScholar is tackling the national problem of STEM workforce diversity by helping recent PhD graduates (postdocs) with professional development training and proactive recruiting.



EthnicDermMedia is a multi-media company which bridges the gap between low access to skin health education to ethnic minority consumers, dermatologists, and estheticians. The company provides services and products such as interactive online and mobile platforms, live events, continuing education, public health campaigns, and publishing. Each platform will be a hub where people can have access to public health education concerning common ethnic skin disorders through articles and videos created by medical journalists and medical experts. Eunice Cofie is the founder of EthnicDermMedia. She has been published in several medical, health, and science journals. She was named by Forbes magazine as one of the Youngest Power Women in Africa and she has been featured in Scientific American as “What a Scientist Looks Like”. She is also the President and Chief Cosmetic Chemist of Nuekie ( – a company which provides innovative skin care products for women and men of color. Eunice has been recognized for her leadership as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.


FUSION Magazine

Fusion Magazine is a print and digital bi-lingual publication based out of El Paso, TX that focuses on art, music and culture. We publish and distribute 20,000 copies per month across five cities in two countries (El Paso, TX, Las Cruces, NM, Cd. Juarez, CH, Chihuahua, CH, & Mexico D.F.) serving 2.5 million people. Our digital reach averages 29K hits per month.


Illume Magazine

ILLUME Media tells accessible stories about American Muslims. The critically acclaimed, award-winning digital news outlet provides in-depth news coverage and analysis of this emerging community. American Muslims are at the forefront of some of the most pressing issues of our times: surveillance, immigration, national security, and civil liberties, among others. Yet the community is often overlooked and under-reported. In just three, short years, ILLUME Media’s team of veteran writers, editors, producers and digital journalists has already made its mark, by going beyond the headlines. We are pushing the boundaries of investigative reporting and tackling controversial topics to spark healthy debates. And our results speak for themselves, as is evident with the spike in traffic and growing number of users, and the several, prominent national awards and accolades ILLUME Media has received for excellence in journalism and online reporting. Using the latest technology, from mobile platforms to social media, ILLUME Media delivers news and information about American Muslims to America and beyond. ILLUME Media covers politics and pop culture, to lifestyle and civil liberties. There are at least two sides to every story. ILLUME Media is here to tell yours.


InHue Magazine

InHue is an online health magazine for minority women ages 18-34. We aim to be the go-to resource for women of color by empowering them with inspiration and information related to their health concerns by covering everything from nutrition and fitness to sexual health, mental health and news related to health policy.You can learn more about InHue at


Know This! TV

Know This! TV is an online talk show–and soon-to-be online media network–that features inspiring interviews of young people of color living their purpose, pop culture commentary and a smart point of view. Think for the next generation. Created by Ariana Proehl, who was named one of the Women’s Media Center’s Progressive Women’s Voices of 2011, Know This! TV is the place where it’s cool to make change in yourself and in the world in this age of ratchet reality TV.



Moblish is a mobile-first publishing platform for professional and citizen journalists. The platform streamlines real-time news reporting and multimedia storytelling on smartphones and tablets. The objective is to make live news reporting easier and more efficient for journalists in the field, and create a new business model for journalism.


Where to Go 411 is a national web site that helps grow African-American enterprises by connecting them to both local and national buyers, such as universities, governmental entities, and majority companies to help them meet their diversity spending goals.’s principals are James E. Covington, an entrepreneur and author, and Kathy Y. Times, an Emmy award-winning former investigative reporter, anchor and former president of the National Association of Black Journalists.


Voting is now closed