We search, empower and connect the Future Makers of Romania. Because the only way to predict the future is to create it.
We do so through a competition of business ideas and entrepreneurial solutions, 20.000 euro investments and an educational program with 1500 young participants across the country.
Future Makers invites young adults passionate about entrepreneurship and prospective thinking to bring into play their own ideas and perfect them through workshops and the competition itself. The application process is made via www.futuremakers.ro between February 8th and May 20th.
We engage over 1500 young people (20-29 years old) from Bucharest, Iasi, Cluj, Timisoara, Craiova and other university centers in entrepreneurial workshops throughout February-May. More about our workshops here.
The Future Makers competition is different because it helps you develop your entrepreneurial mindset and gain a change-maker attitude, by preparing you for the future and for the challenges that will come in a world dominated by technology. Moreover, it will show you how the future of the global labour market will be and emphasizes the development of the main entrepreneurial skills.
For 3 months, in the incubation programme, we give our full support to the 50 finalist ideas to convert them into feasible business plans. We connect the teams in the incubation stage with other successful startups within the international Global Shapers network and facilitate the know-how transfer from mentors and experts in the field. At the end of the competition, the teams will have to deliver a pitch in front of the jury. The total prizes are worth 20.000 euro and are meant to turn today’s good ideas into tomorrow’s sustainable organisations.
Equip more than 1500 young people with the necessary attitude, knowledge and community so that entrepreneurship becomes a career option.
Support 50 early stage impact driven entrepreneurial ideas for implementation and growth (FM Finalists), with more than 150 people involved in their teams.
Inspire young people to become entrepreneurs and professionals through celebrating youth driven entrepreneurial stories through media and new media.
- 8th of February – launch event
- February – May –Entrepreneurial workshops throughout Romania (1602 young people, 27 workshops, 17 counties)
- June 4th, 23:59 – Application deadline
- June 19th – Announcement of the selected finalists
- June – September – Incubation period
- November 14th – Pitching for investment & Gala Awards
The program is funded by the Coca-Cola Foundation and organised by Global Shapers Bucharest Hub, part of the Global Shapers Community – an initiative of the World Economic Forum, a network of young people driving dialogue, action and change present in 158 countries (more on www.globalshapers.org), in partnership with Social Innovation Solutions, a Romanian organisation that fosters social innovation and impact entrepreneurship.
We aim to make it an annual competition and connect young people in Romania with local and international know-how, ideas and funding opportunities. You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
More about us on www.globalshapers.ro
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It is the place where artists, talented young people, entrepreneurs, or anyone wishing to learn or to specialize in a cultural area can enjoy an environment that encourages their development.
|FutureKIT||FutureKIT aims to bring together the younger generation, regardless of where they come from, their level of experience, their social status or their ethnicity within a community that is consolidated around a common goal, to create a cohesive network of future and current young professionals|
|STEMHub||STEMHub is a platform for young people, consisting of a co-working space, workshop program, online courses and a pre-accelerator of ideas, all supporting young adults to transform ideas into innovative and successful projects, creating a (originally) local experts network to encourage young people’s visions and to debate on the latest trends in technology and related fields.|
|Edumo||Edumo is an online math platform for 7-12th grade students. The transition to the online learning environment through meditation must be developed with the aid of technology. Moreover, online meditations offer benefits to the main beneficiaries: students ( flexibility, time / money saving) and to the secondary ones: parents and mentors.|
|Edutainment-With Us Education is Fun!||Edutainment’s mission is to transform the learning experience into a pleasant and useful one. The focus will be on the professional development of the participants.|
|IziBac||IziBAC is a mobile app that aims to facilitate the learning process for the Baccalaureate. Through a quiz test, students will be able to simulate the exam and interact with colleagues at the same time. Questions will be organized in chapters like history, biology, mathematics etc., so as to benefit from an overall view of the subject. The emphasis will be on providing systematized and cross-disciplinary information, all wrapped in a gamified experience, which aims to bring back the pleasure of studying.|
|Parenthood||A program addressed to parents aged 25-35, which aims to change inherited patterns of behavior from generation to generation. The program aims to bring together technology (Big Data and AI) with psychology.|
|Teatru serial pentru copii – Aventurile Tzitzi-Poc||Tzitzi-Poc Adventures is a complex story with two central characters (Tzitzi – the dreamer and the curious and talented Poc), staged in the form of a serial-theater, in a technology-adapted setting (projections, light games, scene rotation etc.). The story and script are the only ones on the market built under psychological guidance.|
|Eduboard – boardgame educațional||A boardgame for high school students that will facilitate the learning process for traditional courses like Romanian, History, Geography, Economics, Mathematics, Physics from a STEAM approach. It can be replicated in a mobile application that uses gamification and live quests to bring the learning process to the twenty-first century.|
|Train the STEAM trainers + Kit trainer STEAM||The project consisted in the development and sale of a training for ICT teachers. The workshop will focus on interdisciplinary STEAM methods to help teachers digitize the learning process. The main target audience is the teachers from private schools in Romania and the secondary audience would be the parents that are home schooling or want to supplement the formal education of their children.|
|ICAR (Inovatie si Cercetare Aplicata in Romania)||ICAR is a network of inventors that offers funding solutions, advice and peer-to-peer expertise, connectivity, support for implementation, and community prototype laboratories.|
|Mr. Adam||Mr. Adam is the mobile app that helps parents develop their social skills to better interact with their children.|
|Taraba Virtuală||Virtual Market is a platform dedicated to people who want to eat tasty food from small producers in Romania. The Virtual Market application has been created in order to offer flexibility to everyone. Everything is based on demand and supply.|
|Nature Beats||Nature Beats is an automatic device with low frequency speakers designed to stimulate plant growth faster and more efficiently, while maintaining the green component of the process. The product addresses the large farms and helps them to improve their production in a simple way and with few financial resources.|
|Microsera||Microsera develops a technology/product for growing microplants in a controlled environment. Besides, it also develops customized automated vertical gardens.|
|Rarafarm||RARAFarm is a new concept that democratizes agriculture. Through technology, it brings together two entities: those who have land for renting to smaller farms and customers who are eager to eat healthy, but have neither the time nor the resources needed. Using cameras, sensors, the Internet and a sliding mechanical machine with a robotic arm, RARAFarm allows anyone to own their vegetable garden and harvest their fruits. The customer is responsible for planting, watering and picking vegetables, and everything is done through a web interface.|
|Acvaponia||Acvaponia is based on a symbiotic process of plant and fish growth in a recirculating system. The two living components of the system ensure each other the ideal living environment, cleaning each other’s water and sustaining their existence. The aquaponic system does not depend on the environment and the climate, being located in controlled and independent soil conditions.|
|Sistem AeroPonic interdependent energetic||Using landless gardens (aquaponic, hydroponic, aeroponic) and greenhouses, urban agriculture, vacant spaces and high buildings, people are given the opportunity to access all of their products.|
|FarmVille in real world||FarmVille in Real World is a way through which online gaming enthusiats with entrepreneurship skills can become managers of a real farm. Each player will invest a sum of money and manage their money as they like, eventually making a profit if they handle their resources effectively.|
|Name||Idea description||Recyclator||The product is a desktop type plastic injection machine (like a 3D printer) designed to encourage people to recycle plastic. This is a replacement for the machines used in the plastics industry, with a much lower price, reduced size and weight. The biggest benefits are the final production costs, but also the fact that it allows the use of several types of plastic.|
|Craft Bicycle||The bicycles are designed specifically for urban life, using bamboo as the main material in crafting frames and accessories. The project was launched in 2017, during which several prototypes were developed and materials tested.|
|WeRecycle||WeRecycle’s primary activity is to take recyclable materials from users and transport them to collection centers.|
|FoodHunt||FoodHunt is a project that aims to tackle the food waste problem in Romania. It consists of a platform where people can easily find food at advantageous prices while helping to combat food waste. Also, with the help of the platform, restaurants can notify their amount of food ready to be thrown, making it easier to locate and transport it to places where it can be donated or recycled.|
|GoSmart Robot||Developing a robot in order to streamline the way we carry our laptops and other personal items that often cause problems in terms of weight or space. The robot addresses mainly the business environment, being a solution that adapts to their needs, complying in the same time with the air transport conditions and the safety of the goods. All of these features will be transposed into an autonomous trolley.|
|Premium Wash360°||Premium Wash is a car wash where the human side is combined with the robotic one. The outside of the machine is thoroughly washed by a machine with extended arms, while the staff only intervenes to clean the interior.|
|Kannoi – Modular Shoes||Kannoi brings together the 3D printing technology and shoe manufacturing tradition, thus creating the first 100% Romanian modular shoe. In addition to developing a useful product, Kannoi simplifies the manufacturing process. Thus, for future designers and young entrepreneurs, the fashion sector becomes infinitely more accessible.|
|DAR Media Marketing||DAR Media Marketing wants to be a full-service online marketing agency to assist Romanian small and medium businesses to increase their impact on society, visibility and sales through digital marketing strategies and expertise.|
|Heartwarming Sibiu||Heartwarming’s mission is helping artists and craftsmen to reach their creative potential by valuing their work and effort, through marketing coaching services tailored to their specific needs, and customized branding and copywriting services.|
|QuickLegal||QuickLegal is an online platform that provides answers to any legal questions in the area of commercial law in the form of a chatbox (LegalChat). Although the ultimate goal is to use machine learning to improve LegalChat, a regularly updated database is used to come up with the most qualitative solutions to legal issues and connect users with industry specialists.|
|Nearby||Nearby aims to reduce the time spent on searching for a parking space. In addition, people who own a free parking space will be able to connect with those who are looking for one.|
|Bonobo||Bonobo is a platform of events with a social, location-based component. The platform provides users with a framework where they can find people with similar interests in their community. This happens through the activities (events) that each user can generate, depending on his interests.|
|Trogo||Downloading the “trogo” application, you will be able to see the places where the razor scooters are placed, the distance and trip estimates, the chosen routes and the number/type of razor scooters available. It will be a monitoring system based on a dedicated application or system with pre-registration.|
|ECONE-CT||ScubaDO is a swimming device equipped with underwater propulsion and with a GPS locator that sends the swimmer’s coordinates through an Internet of Things network to the rescue station if he is in danger.|
|Glasskoo||Glasskoo is a virtual mirror for glasses. It’s a B2B tool that helps online glasses stores to increase the conversion rate on their website by helping customers see how the glasses fit them.|
|Connectelle||Online application for beauty salons appointments. In fact, our customers are salons – we bring them more visibility, customers, and a much better management system of appointments and feedback.|
|Localeasy||LocalEasy is the application that connects you to the best places to go out, according to your preferences.|
|Punct Pe i||The application gives every person the opportunity to become the author of his own contract by providing a virtual attorney standing next to him and guiding him step by step in a simple and quick process to create a perfect contract for everyone’s needs. The solution is a contract platform – punctpei.com where users choose the contract they need, fill in some fields with their data, customize clauses, choose the alternatives they want and generate their own contract in a matter of seconds.|
|Design Interior Tematic||Consultancy services for interior design and product design.|
|Studio Interrobang||Data analysis and data visualization studio.|
|Rento CarShare||An online platform that combines rent-a-car offers from small to medium-sized companies. With the help of this platform and mobile application, the car rental process will be streamlined and digitized, allowing users to provide feedback and review of their transactions, as well as pick up a rented car using only their mobile phone.|
|eJoy||eJoy is a bullet journal customizable through an online platform. It contains various modules (time management, personal development, calendar, daily moods, habbits, etc.) that can be built according to user preferences. The journal will be printed and used in parallel with a synchronized mobile app. Through the app, users will receive recommendations and notifications, depending on their progress.|
|Almondis||Almondis is the first portable, wireless controlled massage device. The concept allows users to control the massage program through a mobile app installed on his smartphone. Being a portable device, it is easy to use and aims to reproduce, through two robotic arms, the massage experience from a specialized salon.|
|I’m Fine||“I’m Fine” is a mobile app that aims to stabilize, understand, monitor and direct people suffering from depression to professional help.|
|Find the Doc||Find the Doc it’s an application that allows you to search for doctors in a particular geographic area and to make appointments. It also contains a review platform where patients can submit their reviews.|
|LEMON BOX – Made for you by people with disabilities||Lemon Box provides jobs for people with disabilities, because “together we make the best lemonade”, thus breaking barriers imposed by society. The business aims to identify the skills and competences of people with disabilities and to develop products that can be commercialized.|
|Youniqueness – centru de stari de bine||Youniqueness aims to be an oasis of relaxation where people can escape from daily stress and reconnect to the state of inner vitality and peace. The experiences offered stimulate all senses by harmoniously combining modern technologies of relaxation and antiaging with human interaction.|