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In 2022 Aspire will organise its flagship summer program physically in Poiana Brasov, Romania while adhering to the Romanian and European Union health and safety guidelines. The wellbeing of our students, professors and staff are our primary concern and we will take take all necessary measures to comply with all local, national and international requirements. We are closely monitoring the situation and are in contact with authorities to assess and implement any additional guidance, of which we will keep all participants informed.
More than an academy, a life-changing experience for future leaders and entrepreneurs
Aspire is the only academy in Eastern Europe where Harvard and Stanford professors teach and inspire. Founded 10 years ago in Romania by five Ivy League graduates (Harvard, Princeton, Stanford and other), Aspire offers a unique experience to young leaders around the world through our leadership, entrepreneurship and personal development programs. Our regular speakers are professors from Harvard, Stanford, Georgetown and other top schools from the US and Europe, as well as successful managers and entrepreneurs. Our mission is to discover, develop and connect outstanding young people, who have a proven track record of leadership in the domains they activate in. We inspire and empower our over 1000 alumni community to find their true life goals and bring their contribution to the society’s development.
What unites the Aspire community is a shared commitment to excellence and societal impact. We are defined by our values:
STRIVE TO GIVE BACK TO YOUR COMMUNITY
THINK LONG-TERM BUT START ACTING NOW
EXCELLENCE IS A MUST
ASPIRE IS A LIFELONG JOURNEY
We like empowering our alumni and giving back to the community. That's why we offer a follow-up system with mentorship, education and career guidance, as well as incubation for all types of projects and ideas.
Alumni Success Stories
Raluca Bacinschi-Stratulat is the CEO of Izibac, a content-agnostic game-based learning app that offers a fun studying experience, greatly improving the knowledge retention rate (by 90%) and the user’s involvement (by 70%).
The only leadership and entrepreneurship programs in Romania where Harvard and Stanford professors teach and inspire
Start with our core programs and continue your development for a lifelong experience!
Dedicated to distinctive students, Aspire Academy is the only leadership and entrepreneurship academy in Romania with courses taught by top Harvard, Stanford, Wharton professors, successful regional CEOs and entrepreneurs.
Aspire High School
Dedicated to outstanding high school students Aspire High School aims to help them define their academic and professional journey and connect them with mentors who will inspire and challenge them.
Dedicated to young professionals, Aspire Professional is our unique educational and professional development experience in which participants interact with Ivy League professors and inspiring leaders.
Aspire for Teachers
Dedicated to primary and secondary school teachers, Aspire for Teachers is an innovative pedagogical program, designed to help them become teacher – leaders, role models and trainers of the next generations of children.
Dedicated exclusively to Aspire alumni, Aspire Graduate aims to be a natural next step to our summer programs' curricula, further focusing on personal development and community building.
The Pre-Accelerator programme is a talent organization that acts as a bridge between startups and accelerators. The programme is suitable to early-stage or first time entrepreneurs.
Aspire Academy – that milestone that splits your life into ‘before’ and ‘after’.
Georgiana Epure / Romania
Excellent recruitment process and very good facility options. The courses were remarkable too.
Dani Sandu / Romania
It was an excellent start for the program, a successful prototype as you named it. The best is yet to come!
Cosmin Buteica / Romania
I liked the atmosphere we created together as a team and with you the organizers, the positive vibe that you shared and your professionalism.
Lavinia Alexandra Cristescu / Romania
It was a really nice experience and a chance to increase our network.
Sorina Petrescu / Romania
At Aspire I learned that I can teach myself everyday to learn better than I did yesterday and prepare for a brighter tomorrow. Proud
Florin Amariei / Romania
Aspire Academy is more than a summer school program. Aspire is a state of mind.
Delia Stamate / Romania
Aspire is about defining yourself from the inside, while shaping the outside under the guidance of experts. The experience helped me accept my real
Cezara Lozneanu / Romania
One might think that all those people promoting Aspire must be a bit crazy… But no, what they promise is what you actually get.
Alexa Stanescu / Romania
It was like a one-week reality show! Not a regular one though, but extremely meaningful, educational, super emotional and turning your world upside down!
Olga Mazur / Ukraine
Aspire was that magical recipe with a mixture of “emotional” and “educational” experiences. Once you taste it, you’ll be immediately integrated in the most
Riadh Mansouri / Algeria
Not at all what I expected. It was actually far more than I ever could have expected! And this coming from an almost religiously
Miklos Buksa / Hungary
Amazing experience! You really don’t expect that 7 days can change your life completely and that you’ll meet so many great people at one
Jelena Lučić / Serbia
Professors, Speakers and Mentors
Born in Romania, raised around the world
After graduating from top universities across the United States and Europe such as Harvard, Princeton, Georgetown and Warwick, we started Aspire Academy in 2011. As friends, we shared a passion for education, a strong belief in the Romanian youth and a desire to offer our peers in Romania and Eastern Europe similar educational and social opportunities to the ones we experienced abroad.
Our vision is to develop a community of ethical, successful and influential leaders across a wide variety of disciplines, with diverse backgrounds, across Europe and beyond.
Alexandra Copos de Prada
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