First SPECTRA Sprint completed!

5 selected companies take part in the first SPECTRA Sprint session on 27th March

Applications were invited to participate in the inaugural ‘sprint and pitch’ activity, led by SPECTRA partner Media Deals via the F6S platform open call. 5 companies were selected through panel evaluation comprising the SPECTRA partnership. 2 of the selected companies are based in Bulgaria, 2 in Ireland and 1 in Germany, as follows (in no particular order):

  2. Aria Classical
  3. One Two All OOD
  4. Great Island Productions
  5. PromtPad.

In this first session, the companies got to pitch in front of Thierry Baujard of Media Deals. Thierry is a co-founder of SpielFabrique and offers a unique expertise in funding strategy for the creative industries. He is also director of Media Deals which is a pan-European investment network of private investors. Furthermore, he is the project Director of the European Co-Production market.


He is also CEO of peacefulfish, a consultancy specialised in the financing of the content industry.

He offers 20+ years’ experience in the communication and entertainment industry. He was also Project Director of EU project ImMediaTe looking at financial mechanisms for digital media between 5 European clusters (Barcelona, Rome, Malta, Paris, and Amsterdam) and now for the new DG Connect project European Investors Gate. He has been working on different creative industries funds for the film, Music and Video games sectors. Thierry is a regular speaker at conferences and summit on content and technology as well as an expert for the European Commission on regulations for investment in the digital sector and member of the Investment Club EIT KIC CCSI.

Media Deals is a pan-European investor network gathering business angels and early-stage venture capital funds focusing on Creative Industries and digital media. Since its creation in 2008, Media Deals has been promoting and encouraging early-stage equity investment in high-growth startup companies in the following fields/sectors: Audiovisual, Digital Tools, Disruptive models and cutting edge media technologies.

Media Deals organises European Investment Forums in a range of European countries, providing opportunities for entrepreneurs and investors to meet up and discuss investment and partnership possibilities. The forums also provide the right environment for companies to brainstorm with entrepreneurs working in the creative industries and digital media sector from other European regions as well as to discuss investment and partnership possibilities with financiers specialised in the sector. Additionally, companies receive individual training from experts in the sector and are offered the chance to pitch to investors from the Media Deals network.

The companies received constructive feedback, had a forum to ask questions and received valuable insights on the mindsets of investors, tips on pitching, what to look for in an investor, etc.

The follow-up ‘pitch’ session with a panel of investors, will take place on 23rd April.