logo-mainThe Newspaper Association of America is looking for startups with innovative ideas in the print, digital, mobile or advertising areas.

The NAA is soliciting submissions for its third annual Accelerator Pitch program. The event will take place at NAA mediaXchange 2016 in Washington, D.C. April 17-20.

The program is open to media startups founded in the last three years. The NAA will select up to eight startups and give them a chance to pitch their products and services to approximately 1,000 newspaper media industry executives and their colleagues.

“We are excited to be bringing back the Accelerator Pitch program at NAA mediaXchange 2016, as it generates a lot of buzz on the part of the startups and the newspaper executives alike,” David Chavern, NAA president and CEO, said in a news release. “Accelerator Pitch is an excellent way to highlight innovations taking place in the industry that will propel newspaper media companies into the future.”

“As a former newspaper editor, it was great to be among the delegates at last year’s NAA mediaXchange. It was even more of a buzz to take part in the Accelerator Pitch – and a thrill to win!” Paul Field, CEO Europe for TouchCast, a 2015 Accelerator Pitch winner, said in a news release. “As a video start-up working extensively with media partners like the BBC, Wall Street Journal, Globo and Financial Times, it was fantastic to be able to network with newspaper executives at the event.”

NAA is accepting entries for the program through 5:00 pm EST on Friday, December 11. Entries will be judged on usefulness to newspaper media companies, innovation and creativity. The winners will be notified by Feb. 5, 2016.