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ABOUT US

More than an academy, a life-changing experience for future leaders and entrepreneurs
Aspire was founded in Romania 7 years ago by five Harvard, Princeton and other Ivy League graduates. We offer leadership and entrepreneurship programs and so much more to young leaders around the world. Our regular speakers are professors from Harvard and other top schools from the US and Europe. \r\n\r\nOur 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 500 alumni to find their true life goals and bring their contribution to the society’s development.
DISCOVER
selective recruitment
We adhere to the highest standards of recruitment and focus on four key areas: leadership track, intellectual and emotional maturity, personal drive and community engagement.
Develop
transformative experience
Our programs are designed to inspire and motivate participants, help them grow in all areas of life and achieve their true potential.
CONNECT
supportive community
We offer 360-degree support to our alumni and empower them to reach their goals and aspirations. We create exclusive professional, educational and social opportunities for our members by connecting them with like-minded peers, mentors and companies.
What unites the Aspire community is a shared commitment to excellence and societal impact. We are defined by our values:
KEEP GROWING
Be introspective and challenge the status quo. Be committed to developing yourself personally and professionally
STRIVE TO GIVE BACK TO YOUR COMMUNITY
Bring about positive change in your community by engaging in social projects or starting a sustainable business
THINK LONG-TERM BUT START
ACTING NOW
Set clear goals for yourself and start working on them now. Think of what would make you proud years from now, when looking back at your life
Excellence is a must
We select highly motivated and diverse participants who stand out within their communities. As an Aspire Alumnus or Alumna you become an ambassador for Aspire so you are expected to adhere to the highest standards of achievement
ASPIRE IS A LIFELONG JOURNEY
We provide opportunities that go far beyond our summer programs and are committed to supporting you in all stages of your life
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ASPIRE PROGRAMS

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!
And much more...
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.
  • 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. I am glad that all of us are being part of something great for Romania's development.

    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 to be an Aspirer!

    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 boundaries, while challenging me to expand beyond the  limitations I had imposed upon myself. I would dare to say that Aspire  is an open invitation to dive into the present and define your true self, an experience aided by beautiful people and memorable moments.

    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. It is even better than they advertise it: you will really have the "experience", not just a product. I genuinely had the time of my life!

    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! Believe it or not – it is truly a “life changing experience”, you’re lucky to go through it!

    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 talented group of young leaders on this planet.

    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 cynical person.

    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 place and have a feeling that you know them for the whole life. But that’s why Aspire is so different from any other summer program.

    Jelena Lučić / Serbia
  • Aspire Academy – that milestone that splits your life into ‘before’ and ‘after’.

    Georgiana Epure / Romania
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PROFESSORS, SPEAKERS AND MENTORS

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alumni club

Born in Romania, raised around the world
500+ alumni
2000+ applications
60+ speakers
37 nationalities
impact
Alumni Success Stories
    Jesper Johansson
    Aspire Professional 2016
    Swedish Marketing Manager and awarded entrepreneur. Broad track record within youth organizations where he has worked to develop young people within international entrepreneurship, leadership and stock trading. Read the full story and find out why Jesper thinks Aspire is a great organization for young leaders around the world.
    Anca Balaceanu
    Aspire High School 2014
    Anca is a student at Dartmouth College and has been very successful in terms of leadership, entrepreneurship and public speaking. She plans to use her passion for movie production to raise awareness and contribute to a more caring society. Read the full story and how Aspire was a turning point in her life.
    Delia Radu
    Aspire Academy 2012
    Doctoral researcher, awarded speaker, and an experienced team leader with a dual degree in international relations and foreign languages. Read the full story and find out why Delia has chosen to be an active alumna in the Aspire community since 2012.
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SENIOR BOARD

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.

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OUR TEAM

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ASPIRE IN THE NEWS

"Cel mai apreciat profesor de la Harvard a predat in Poiana Brasov. Ce sfat le da tinerilor din Romania"
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partners AND supporters

OUR SPONSORS AND PARTNERS HAVE MADE THE ASPIRE PROGRAMS A REALITY.
THANK YOU FOR HELPING US SHAPE A GENERATION!