10 February 2022

The Incubator - Open a Global Shapers Hub!

With more than half of the world population under 30 years old, young people are one of the most critical stakeholders in shaping and delivering a sustainable, equitable and resilient future. Cities around the world are teeming with passionate young people who have the power to help their communities and shape positive change.

The Global Shapers Community is a network of 14,000+ young people under the age of 30 spanning 463 city-based hubs in 150 countries. In each city, teams of Shapers self-organize around volunteer projects that address local, regional, and global challenges. Shapers are diverse in expertise, education, income and race, but are united by their desire to bring about change.

Our goal is to expand the Global Shapers Community to all corners of the world. In doing so, we hope to help empower even more young change-makers by amplifying their voices and supporting their desire to drive positive impact - from fighting the climate crisis to creating inclusive communities.

Bring the Global Shapers Community to your city

Are you passionate about changing the world? Fill in this form to apply to our hub incubation programme!

Spend 2 virtual sessions in March-April 2022 developing the strategy and vision of your future hub. If successful, you will become the Founding Curator of a new hub in your city.

Being a Founding Curator is a big responsibility. It's also wildly inspiring and can enrich one's life and community beyond measure. Read the founding stories of three examples - Manchester Hub, Jacksonville Hub and Turin Hub - to learn how!

Manchester Hub was a product of ripples that kept amplifying. A coffee led to a conversation led to a letter of support led to an an application. Then an a hub and now four projects.

Even if our impact is small right now, I can see the ripples that we can create... Together, these global local ripples lead the system to be more resilient in the face of uncertainty in the world.

—Flaviu Cipcigan, Founding Curator of Manchester Hub