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Future Makers Open Innovation

Future Makers Open Innovation is a digital incubator dedicated to start-ups that explore innovative ideas using the latest technological & social trends.

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Future Makers Open Innovation will host a total of 15 workshops. These workshops will include 12 sessions on general business knowledge and 3 specific sessions on industry-specific themes.


The total amount of hours spend within FM Open Innovation is ~50, including the workshops & the mentoring sessions. We are expecting from the aspiring founders to be present at 80% of the sessions.


FM Open Innovation will gather between 15 and 25 start-up ideas that are related in a way or another to the tech & innovation sector. Out of the total number of start-ups, only 10 will have the chance to pitch during the Future Makers final.


Our goal is to create an international environment where young future-makers can strive and prosper.

FM Open Innovation accepts start-ups from the entire the CEE region, mainly focusing on Romania, Greece, Serbia, Bulgaria, Rep. Moldova & Slovakia.

Investment Pitches

The most advanced start-ups will be invited to pitch their start-ups in front of a group of investors from CEE.

This opportunity will help you get insights from leading investors and potentially land your start-up a first round of investments.

Timeline for 2023 Edition

March - May 2023

FM Open Innovation:

Application Period

Start-up characteristics:

Tech-driven: exploring new technological innovations through business development.

No more than 2 years business maturity.

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May - June 2023

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Setting up the foundation:

Weeks 1 to 4

Week 1: Lean Canvas (Problem Def., Assumptions Mapping, Choosing the Right Experiments)

Week 2: Customer Discovery & Validation

Week 3: Product-Market Fit

Week 4: Do it like an Israeli

June - July 2023

Business Essentials:

Weeks 5 to 9

Week 5: Group Presentations

Week 6: Product/Service Prototype/MVP

Week 7: Building Sustainable Business Models

Week 7: Business Strategy & Developing a Winning Roadmap

Week 8: Growth Marketing

Week 8: Performance Marketing

Week 9: Financial Management

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July 2023

Personalized Sessions:

Weeks 10 to 11

Week 10: Future Trends & Foresight

Week 10: Personalized Workshop (1)

Week 11: Personalized Workshop (2)

Week 11: Personalized Workshop (3)

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August - September 2023

Pitch Training & FM Final:

Weeks 12 to 15

Week 12: Pitch Training

Week 13: Intro into Investment

Week 14: Pitch Rehearsal

Week 15: Final Prep

Week 16/17: Future Makers Final

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