Who we are

Empowering Futures is a social business built on robust experience in higher education, organisational culture and entrepreneurship. Our passion is to provide focus, tools and support to start-ups and university students to fulfil their potential.

What we do

Our mission is to promote excellent collaboration practices, diversity and inclusion through our skills development programme and collaboration lab.

We identify and connect the most talented university students with start-ups to collaborate on marketing projects and we run a very successful Collaboration Lab.

Throughout a 12 weeks summer programme, start-ups and students are given pre-project training in key collaboration skills and each party receives coaching/guidance during the project to ensure continuous progress and dynamic collaboration. The result is a successful delivery of the project and the development of new skills.

This unique programme takes work placements to the next level by enabling purposeful collaborations and where both, start-ups and students, develop new skills from taking part of the programme.

Why we do it

In a McKinsey survey of young people and employers in 9 countries, 40% of employers said that lack of skills was the main reason for entry-level job vacancies. There were gaps in technical skills but also in soft skills such as communication, teamwork, and punctuality.

According to a survey by CIPD in 2016, some of the workplace factors that respondents feel have held back their career progression are: 1. Lack of effective training programmes at work, 2. Engrained working cultures made it hard 3. Lack of a coach or mentor.

In one hand we have the organisations such as start-ups that need skilled workers and more empowering cultures and on the other we have recent graduates that need to learn new skills to find employment.

The solution a project based skills development programme, where we match start-ups with university students for purposeful collaborations!

Empowering Futures is the foundation to an embedded social learning system in the society.

  1. Filling the skills gap with a structured yet flexible programme for both parties
  2. Driving development, purpose and retention of young talent
  3. Promoting social mobility and diversity in the work place

There is no doubt that collaboration is essential for success and innovation! But in this age of change; diversity, continuous learning and embedded learning systems are a need and not a trend.

Laura Vanessa Munoz, Founder at Empowering Futures

How it works

  1. Register or enquire about the programme  – February to May 2018
  2. We match start-ups and students – June 2018
  3. We run our famous collaboration lab – June 2018
  4. Each project must have specific targets or desirable outcomes achievable in 3 months – Kick Off projects July 2018
  5. Start-ups and students are matched according to their interests and skills
  6. Students are classified as volunteer project leaders
  7. Empowering Futures monitors the progress of every project to ensure that both parties are getting the most out of their collaboration
  8. Students invest up to 14 hours per week collaborating with the start-up
  9. Students and start-ups attend to three clinics organised by Empowering Futures to keep them motivated, focused and make their collaboration successful

Key facts

70% Start-ups say the students from the Empowering Futures programme were more motivated and focused compare to the ones in other schemes.

80% Students at the Empowering Futures programme say they acquired new skills and expanded their professional network.


  1. Managers are the Number 1 way that people feel supported by their organization. (Forbes)
  2. 90% of employees believe that decision-makers should seek other opinions before making a final decision. (Salesforce)
  3. 88% agree that a culture of knowledge-sharing correlates to high employee morale and job satisfaction. (Oscar Berg)
  4. 80% of start-ups at the Empowering Futures programme believe collaboration accelerates decision making. (Empowering Futures)
  5. 75% of employers rate team work and collaboration as “very important.” (Queens University)
  6. Improving the internal collaboration through social tools could help raise the productivity of interaction by as much as 20 to 25 percent. (McKinsey)