The 4th edition of the Future Makers incubator offers financial support of 20.000 euros, incubation, international mentorship and investment funds pitches for 35 teams from Romania, Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, and Serbia.
The 101 Future Makers are founders of 35 startups selected in Future Makers 2021, with businesses in technology (23%), sustainability (14%), education (14%), travel & food (14%), marketplace (9%), mental health (6%), social (6%) and fintech (3%). Among the selected startups - 3D printing houses using natural and recycled materials, wearable IoT device for blind swimmers, ed-tech solution for children to use video conference systems independently, instant wear fire protection suit for civilians, VR solutions for therapists to help people suffering from depression, anxiety, and phobias or data and AI to predict social dynamics.
Participants receive mentorship from experts and entrepreneurs from 15 countries, over 30 hours of business, tech, and foresight workshops, access to experts in relevant industries, 3 years of membership in the global education & networking platform geneSIS, pitches in front of CEE investment funds, and membership in the international community Futures Space.
The 35 teams will have an opportunity to present their ideas in front of the Future Makers jury on November 17 for awards of up to 20.000 euro, during Future Summit - a global event dedicated to future trends taking place during November 15-21.
“We started Future Makers 4 years ago to also bring to Romania and CEE a global conversation about the 4th industrial revolution and the impact it has. The world has significantly changed during the past year and we strongly believe that startups and young entrepreneurs can support our societies and economies to benefit from the opportunities of these changes. We support together with our partners 101 entrepreneurs with know-how, access to global networks and financial support for ideas from 5 CEE countries”, Ciprian Stanescu, President of Social Innovation Solutions.
Among the previous winners of Future Makers - Polymore (AI algorithm to detect plastic waste), ART Link (AR solution for artists), Synovious (smart prosthetics), CardioMedive (medical device to analyze essential parameters), EcoTree (waste management platform), I’m Fine (mental health app) or Veltra (bamboo bicycles).
Future Makers is organized by Social Innovation Solutions and co-organized by Global Shapers Bucharest Hub with the support of Raiffeisen Bank și Enel România, together with investment funds Roca X, Smart Capital, Tilia Ventures, and V7 Capital.
About Social Innovation Solutions
Social Innovation Solutions is an organization offering consultancy and strategic conversations for NGOs, corporations, and policymakers in sustainability, foresight, and innovation. SIS develops educational programs like Social Impact Award, Transformator, and Future Makers, as well as conversation platforms like Future Summit, Future Magazine, and Future Talks.
About Global Shapers Bucharest Hub
Global Shapers Bucharest is part of the global youth network of the World Economic Forum present in 148 countries with 450+ hubs to support youth power as changemakers and to connect them with global innovations.