We design and deliver strategy outlines for life design approaches in career development, mentorship programs and mentors’ training, experiential workshops, masterclasses, continuous educational courses and retreat programs.  We research, curate and develop new methodology frameworks and training curricula, combining human flourishing and communication science, designing thinking and innovative pedagogical components.

Our scientific approach is outlined in our FC (flourishing as competence) framework:

Our scientific approach is outlined in our FC (flourishing as competence) framework

Our three core activities:

Designing knowledge exchange initiatives

We work with entrepreneurial communities, established brands, trade associations, local municipalities, public organisations, academia, and media to identify and design educational events, activities, and projects that help facilitate debates, share best practices, and support creative collaborations.

Training programmes focused on creative, innovative and collaborative business practices.

We offer curated programmes, such as workshops, masterclasses, networking events, industry visits, mini-conferences, retreats or academic courses. Our content focuses on developing creative, innovative and collaborative (co-creation) potential for professionals and organisations.

Consulting on new skills, creative entrepreneurship, and employability

We work with the industry and entrepreneurial community to help academic institutions update curricula and extra-curricular activities to reflect new societal, professional and industry trends and expectations.

We have developed approach and solution frameworks using scientific and applied approaches:


We have an initial conversation with a start-up, established company, university department, or freelancers to find out and discuss their collaborative and innovation needs.

connecting dots

We mix tools to develop the most suitable solution, relying on research, strategy design, our know-how, and wide professional networks.


This is the most action-packed part (for us)! We find and train programme partners and decide on the venues, tools, brand partnerships, digital media strategy and anything else vital to a successful programme or project delivery.


This is the most rewarding part (for all)! We facilitate training programmes, masterclasses, or consulting workshops, guaranteeing high content quality, performance, and participant engagement.

We know place matters:

We recognise that specialised training requires a unique environment where one can inspire and get inspired. Therefore, we carefully select our training locations, including clients’ funky offices, entrepreneurial hubs, private membership clubs, a concept hotel space, or a newly designed university learning centre. If the weather is good, we move outdoors.

Part of our methodology is to do things in an interdisciplinary manner, therefore we mix different start-ups and companies and invite them to share their working spaces across different sectors, industries, and cities! We want to take you out of your usual environment to learn and exchange knowledge in fantastic locations across London and Europe. Through this method, we are also providing opportunities for more organic connections between current and potential partners.

We work with architects, urban developers, hospitality and location experts to create a unique ‘movable’ learning experience.

We have been developing and delivering programmes in London, Rotterdam, Bratislava, Trnava, Prague, Karlovy Vary and Lucca (upcoming summer retreat in Tuscany). We always welcome new ideas and collaborations; please drop us a note at contact@hip.academy.

Daniela Bartos, founder

This is a passion project of Daniela Bartos. Ten years ago, she founded London-based Hip Academy, a project dedicated to designing and delivering innovative experiential programs for doctoral and post-doctoral students, emerging thought leaders and established industry professionals. Daniela is a certified design thinking and educational programme specialist, holding a BA and MA degree in continuing education science (alongside her second MA degree in communication science). She has won several leadership scholarships and has had a successful career in the media and communication field. Daniela has worked internationally as a political journalist, media analyst, consultant, editor, and academic. Dividing homes based in London and New York, she has lived and worked in eight countries and travels extensively. She is currently finalizing a PhD research on ‘Life Design for Human Flourishing’ at Erasmus University in Rotterdam.

Erasmus University in Rotterdam