How did ThinkUp Academy start?

Together with a dedicated team of students, we successfully orchestrated The International Youth Summit of Transylvania in March 2019 – Europe’s first debate and wellness conference organized entirely by students. The best high schools in the world participated in this prestigious event. After the summit, we found a strong desire on the part of students all over the country to take responsibility for their own education and initiate their own projects, in the same spirit as us. We also noticed the absence of an organization dedicated to high school youth with an entrepreneurial focus, which would pursue the development of young adults. Moreover, we aimed to change the misperception that extracurricular projects, especially extensive ones, negatively affect academic performance, when in reality they improve them.

Why a National Program?

Starting from the desire to bring a significant and sustainable change in the educational system, we decided to adopt a national approach to incorporate the development of personal skills in the educational package of Romanian students. Thus, we managed to effectively integrate the academic, extracurricular and entrepreneurial aspects, so that they work together in favor of the formation of the future educated and active citizens of Romania.

We assume the concept of an innovative entity, dedicated especially to middle school and high school students, with the aim of preparing them for life as a responsible adult. Also, the basis of our vision is the desire to create an efficient and well-connected educational environment, which puts the student at the center of the educational process. We want him to have access to the tools and skills necessary to become an informed, empathetic and proactive citizen.

Who is the National Program for?


Our objectives 


Challenges are challenges, in the form of projects, launched to all partner schools, which aim at the personal and academic development of students; They are organized within the educational unit by the ambassador students together with a student help team; Ambassador students are constantly supported by National Program mentors during the challenges. The members of the Academy help them in managing their internal organization, as well as in the emergence of any impediment. I also advise them with various suggestions and propose ideas, ensuring a good implementation of the challenges; ate will be loaded into the intended folders.

Summer School

ThinkUp Summer School is a physical meeting between students representing all partner schools during 4 days when: physical activities are supported for ambassadorial students, meant to develop skills such as leadership and critical thinking, such as: workshops and trainings specific to the fundamental needs of young people, debates on some current issues in Romania, but also a unique concept, collaboration and team development of own project plans; we discuss the progress of the challenges and their impact from that year; we create a network as united and interactive as possible between the students of the ambassadors, as well as between our mentors and them.


Summits are physical meetings with students and teachers of partner schools, organized in three areas of the country twice a year, where: the impact of the challenges and the progress made by each school is shared; an overall feedback is provided from us and our partners to further improve the work; schools can link to each other, share ideas / suggestions;


Webinaries are a free service that gives all students in partner schools / organizations the chance to interact with an expert in a field of current relevance.


We create a proficient and well-connected educational ecosystem, which puts the student in the centre of the educational process, assuring him the tools and the skills to become a qualified, empathic and proactive citizen.

The Benefits of the Program

The active participation of students in the transformation of society and in shaping a generation of responsible and creative adults.

Students will acquire essential skills both academically and professionally.

Students will develop entrepreneurial skills that will guide them in carrying out innovative projects.

Students will demonstrate their ambition and perseverance, these qualities giving them a considerable advantage in the admissions process to elite universities.

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Partner Interacts


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Interact Oradea is a non-governmental, non-profit organization, addressed to young people between the ages of 14 and 18, focused on the direct and indirect benefits of high-school students working in a tea


Interact Buzău Club, the junior branch of the Rotary Club Buzău, aims to promote non-formal values among young people and develop the Buzău community, starting from young ideas and teamwork.

Our partners

County councils
  • Arad
  • Botosani
  • Hunedoara
  • Olt
  • Tulcea
  • Alba
  • Buzau
  • Cluj
  • Satu Mare
  • Brandocracy
  • VSFA
  • You4Edu
  • Upgrade Academy
  • Duke of Edinburgh
  • Adservio
  • Bism
  • EvoCarieră


  • ISJ Cluj
  • ISJ Buzau

Partner schools

Colegiul Național ”Elena Ghiba Birta” Arad
Școala Nr. 2 Târgu Ocna Bacau
Colegiul Național ”Mihai Eminescu” Oradea
Colegiul Național ”Emanuil Gojdu” Oradea
Colegiul Național Gheorghe Munteanu Murgoci Braila
Colegiul Național ”Mihai Viteazul” Turda
B.P. Hașdeu Buzău
Liceul Teoretic Pogoanele, Buzau
Liceul Tehnologic Iernut, Mures
Liceul Tehnologic Ion Vlasiu, Mures
Colegiul Național ”Spiru Haret”, Tg. Jiu
Colegiul Național ”Emil Botta”, Vrancea
Liceul Teoretic ”Nicolae Bălcescu” Cluj
Colegiul Național ”Emil Botta”, Vrancea
Liceul Tehnologic ”Lucian Blaga” Mureș
Liceul Teoretic ”Nicolae Bălcescu” Cluj
Colegiul Național ”A.T. Laurian” BT
Colegiul Național Teodor Neș Bihor
Liceul Teoretic ”Ion Creangă” Tulcea
Colegiul Național Ioan Slavici Satu Mare
Colegiul Național Mihai Viteazul Caracal
Colegiul Petru Maior Reghin
Liceul Creștin Logos, Bistrița
Colegiul Național George Barițiu, Cluj
C.N. ”Regina Maria” Deva
Colegiul Petru Maior Reghin
Liceul Tehnologic ”Mihai Viteazul” Vulcan
Liceul de Arte “Romulus Ladea”, Cluj-Napoca
Liceul de Arte Sibiu

Our reach in the country

Partner schools
County Councils

Pitch Please

The PitchPlease competition develops as a Summer Marathon that deepens its main components: debating and pitching.

regional session
  • 25 students (4 teams)
  • 2 partner institutions
  • 4 county
national session
  • 19 students (3 teams)
  • 1 partner institution
  • one prize

Webinars Topics

  • With the Future in Mind – Career Guidance
  • Business DNA – Entrepreneurial education
  • FinEd – Financial Education
  • Understanding and Acceptance in Relationships – Wellbeing
  • Climate change – Sustainability
  • JustEd – Legal Education


The TUA experience developed my communication skills, relating to those around me, and helped me better understand the needs of students in Romania. Both the webinars and the opportunities managed to challenge us, giving us an opening to current issues, but also how we can improve the reality in which we live.

Anna Zorila


My school has been working with ThinkUp Academy for almost a year now and I can say that their services exceed expectations! The webinar sessions are made by professionals in that field and give you a real perspective on the topic discussed, and the materials offered by them help you to deepen the topic. Moreover, through the National Program, the students from my school were able to have access to many volunteering opportunities within the Academy, but also within other organizations or clubs.

Natalia Turcanu


The partnership with ThinkUp Academy is a tremendous opportunity for our high school students. The fact that other young people are reaching out to our young people and meeting their needs has meant a lot. The ideas shared, the answers to the questions that the students asked during the meetings represented new opportunities for personal development that are so necessary for the young generation.

Emilia Moldovan


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