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.

Main objectives

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.

Competitions’ calendar


  • 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 office@globalshapers.ro for more information.

More about us on www.globalshapers.ro