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Corey Ford Tapped to Lead Public Media Incubator

Initiative looking for mission-driven media, tech, design entrepreneurs

The Public Radio Exchange, which operates an online marketplace for public radio program distribution, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation have tapped Corey Ford to head the Public Media Accelerator, a $2.5 million incubator formed to spur innovation in public media.

The Public Media Accelerator seeks to “change media for good” by investing in mission-driven entrepreneurs from media, technology, and design to build ventures with the potential to reshape the future of public media, according to the announcement.

Ford was most recently director of Innovation Endeavors, Google chairman Eric Schmidt’s venture capital fund. Prior to that, he taught design thinking innovation at the Institute of Design at Stanford University. Ford began his career in public broadcasting managing the production of films for the PBS/WGBH series “Frontline.”

Applications for the accelerator program will open in early summer 2012. Candidates selected to participate will receive seed funding and join an intensive mentorship-driven entrepreneurship program.