What is the Futures Shapers Program?

The Future Shapers Program is a pre-incubation fellowship for young innovators with existing social venture.

An original program by the Hub of Innovation and Inclusion (HiFi) under the umbrella of De La Salle - College of St. Benilde. It is targeted to Young Filipino Innovators in and outside the confines of the campus with the intention to contribute to the sustainable future of the youth.

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What does the program look like?

The successful applicant for this program will receive training in the following areas:

Affective Skills

We believe that an individual’s strong character and positive attitude towards their goal is an important contributor to thrive; because being an entrepreneur is not just all about what you can do, and what you know but also on how you deal with different situations that may affect the aspects in your life as you take risks.

1 to 2 weeks

Cognitive Skills

As Innovators, we all have different expertise and focus. Strengthening what you already know through systems based thinking and different strategic approach is what we’ll focus on in this part of the program. We believe that people are naturally smart but having a guide and a fun filled learning session will spark more creativity and innovative ideas.

3 to 4 weeks

Kinaesthetic Skills

We like theories and newly gained knowledge but we also believe that its application is important. As they say, no matter how great your ideas is it will also boil down to how amazing your execution is, so after a few weeks of learning—we will guide the Future Shapers to apply what they learned into their ventures.

This part of the program is for application, testing and feedback with guidance from assigned mentors in the program

4 to 5 weeks

Demo Day

On the final week of the program, we will spend time to showcase the new or improved strategies and pitches of each of the Future Shaper’s venture.

HiFi’s network will be present; from venture capitalists, to angel investors, and even higher tier accelerators to connect the Future Shapers for a next level approach.

How can I be part of the program?

The Future Shapers Program is open to all agents of change aged 18-35 years old.

They must be currently leading or co-leading an active social venture that addresses a relevant SDG, with a preference on the following themes:

  • Futures of Food
  • Futures of Work and Learning
  • Futures of Health and Wellbeing
  • Futures of Cities and Communities
  • Futures of Governance

Their social venture should have a proven traction of at least 3 months.

They should be willing to commit to a 14-week intensive program in Manila (January 2020—May 2020).

How long is the program?

The program run is set to kick off towards the end of January, we expect the Future Shapers to be committed in spending 14-15 weeks of their time to this program.

For the accepted Future Shapers outside Metro Manila, we will have a coliving space provided for you, a round trip fare ticket from your city of origin, and a food allowance.

For those that are in Metro Manila, we will provide transpo and food allowance for the duration of the program.


Application opens on Sep 16, 2019 and ends on October 30, 2019.


Shortlisting and Announcement will be in the month of November.


This program is currently for vetting only, the HiFi team will choose the most aspiring young innovators to be part of the program. The program is backed by HiFi Partners and Scholar Angels who will cover for the fee for this session.

Contact Us

4/F De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde
School of Design and Arts 950 Ocampo St, Manila
+632 230 5100 loc 3852