For three consecutive years the Paramaribo hub has been able to organize the Future Leaders and Entrepreneurs program (#FLaE) for youth between 15 and 25 years. First with a pilot and twice a full program.  With a bit of your help we can realize this program for the 3rd time!


Often, entrepreneurship and leadership trainings are reserved for tertiary education or bound to courses, seminar and workshops with high participation costs. However, providing youth with these types of skills at  a younger age will not only stimulate personal development at an early stage, but also help them to be better prepared to make choices in further education or the workforce. With the potential of social technology and the right approach, this can be realized. Education, in all forms, is crucial for progress and sustainable development. With the necessary passion and skills these young people are the future leaders, entrepreneurs and citizens Suriname needs.

The Future Leaders and Entrepreneurs Program started as a pilot in 2014, followed by a full 10-day program in 2015 and 2016. Participants of this program have proven to be real leaders and have taken the organisation of FLaE2017 upon them with guidance from the Global Shapers of the Paramaribo hub.


The Future Leaders and Entrepreneurs Program is one that is centered around personal development of youth to enhance their leadership and entrepreneurial skills outside of school hours. The curriculum focuses on specific skills that complement the existing educational system.  
The program lasts two weeks and is based on five elements: 
1. Personal, emotional, social and intellectual skills.
2. Balanced lifestyles
3. Sustainability and business
4. Practical learning
5. Self-reflection

During these two weeks, twenty participants will follow daily sessions provided by local entrepreneurs, leading role models and coaches. These sessions are alternated with field visits to leading companies and organisations, both in Paramaribo (the capital) and in rural/peri-urban districts.
In 2016, there were 60 applications. This year, we expect even more from which a selection of twenty will be made. This will be done based on written motivation and a personal meeting with a selection committee.


Are you living in Suriname and between the ages of 15 and 25 years? If you want a chance to participate in the Future Leaders and Entrepreneurs Program 2017, apply now by filling in this form.…/1FAIpQLSft0AQc7zsq6Ln3_P…/viewform


To implement this program, a minimum amount of € 1000,- is required. As in previous years, this amount will be gathered mainly via crowdfunding on Suriname’s first online crowdfunding platform for social projects. The required amount will be used to cover all costs related to the program. Participation in the program is free, to provide everyone with a fair chance to be eligible for selection.

Donations can be made via Apura Networks, Suriname's first online crowdfunding platform. Follow this link to read the stories of previous participants.

In case the target amount is not achieved, but the reached amount is more than 50% of the total, the project will be implemented regardless. Implementation will be adapted where necessary. In case we surpass the target amount, the donations will be used to start the development of an online academy to scale the objectives of this program. If you believe in the Future Leaders and Entrepreneurs program, please support our crowdfunding campaign by donating and sharing. Ideas and suggestions are always welcome!