Who are we?

Shaping Horizons is a social enterprise and community. Our vision is to upskill and empower every young person to be part of the change they want to see.


We have worked with global networks like Global Shapers, One Young World and Ashoka. We have also partnered with multilateral, governmental and academic organisations like the University of Cambridge, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Argentine Embassy to the UK, United Nations Volunteering, United Nations Development Programme, and the British Foreign Policy Group.

Our goal in working with partners is to develop an ecosystem to drive collective impact, bearing in mind principles of solidarity, belief in youth social innovation and the power of diversity to drive change. We also work with corporate partners to empower our young innovators, letting them engage with the youth and support and invest in early-stage sustainable solutions.

"I hope that this is creating awareness and helping the next generation carry the time because we have lots of work to do and we need everybody. Collaboration is important. So congratulations for the initiative."​


Adriana Machado

Founder at Briyah Institute

"Shaping Horizons is a remarkable initiative built upon an ambitious, elegant and innovative concept."


H. E. Carlos Sersale

Argentine Ambassador to the United Kingdom


Our Team

Shaping Horizons is a youth-led social enterprise powered by a large team of staff and volunteers. We are more than a social enterprise, we are a diverse community of innovators, researchers, designers, fundraisers, and mentors from around the world. What unites us is a passion for inspiring social innovation and international collaboration to drive impact forward. 



To build a youth-led collective social innovation ecosystem with training and mentoring opportunities for mobilising the power of youth beyond 150 countries by 2030.

Using a unique research-inspired innovation methodology, we work together with young innovators, public and private organisations to ignite collective impact.

Our Values

Reliability and attention to detail in work done.

Mindfulness and empathy with teammates and collaborators. 

Integrity and honesty to ourselves and others, even about situations or behaviours that may make us uncomfortable.

Proactivity, enthusiasm, engagement, and curiosity to explore and propose new ideas.

Eagerness to give and receive constructive feedback and help.

Integrity and honesty to ourselves and others, even about situations or behaviours that may make us uncomfortable.

Awards & Recognition


Featured as the case study in United Nations Volunteering Blueprint to be presented to all UN member states for  “Re-imagining Volunteering” to advance SDGs.


Selected for Allia Impact Accelerator 2020-2021.


2nd best social idea Cambridge University Entrepreneurs.


EU Commission top 10 Social Ideas about “Skills for Tomorrow” among 565 entries, to be announced July 14th here. September 2021 decision of top 3 winners.

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The Chris Abell Busniess Plan Competition top 13 ideas transferring research into enterprises, University of Cambridge.

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Long-listed in the #21toWatch list.