Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs

Are you thinking of starting your own business, or have you recently done so? Or perhaps you are already running a successful business and would like to expand it to new markets, or get fresh ideas?

Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs could be for you!

Our European business network and financial support can help you exchange knowledge and expand your business.

The European exchange programme for entrepreneurs 

Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs is a cross-border exchange programme which gives new or aspiring entrepreneurs the chance to learn from experienced entrepreneurs running small businesses in other Participating Countries.

The exchange of experience takes place during a stay with the experienced entrepreneur, which helps the new entrepreneur acquire the skills needed to run a small firm.

The host benefits from fresh perspectives on his/her business and gets the opportunities to cooperate with foreign partners or learn about new markets.

The stay is partially funded by the European Union.

Whether you are a new or highly experienced entrepreneur, the programme can offer strong added value to your business: possible benefits include exchange of knowledge and experience, networking opportunities across Europe, new commercial relations or markets abroad.

“I would highly recommend emerging entrepreneurs to take part in this excellent programme. Through my participation in the programme I had the opportunity of acquiring new business skills work in an international environment and develop my project management skills.”
Anne-Marie Shanahan, founder of AMS Languages, Ireland

Who can participate?

  • New entrepreneurs, firmly planning to set up their own business or have already started one within the last three years;
  • Experienced entrepreneurs who own or manage a Small or Medium-Sized Enterprise in one of the Participating Countries.

Apply now
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May 22

Have you heard?#TEDxB16 #MadeInEU was launched yesterday at Expo 2015 Milano.

Are you an #entrepreneur with an idea worth spreading? Then have a look how to join TEDxb16 here

Your idea can cover any global challenge but to make it to TEDxBinnenhof it has to be practical and actionable.

First step towards applying? National selection- EU Member States will identify their most talented entrepreneur with ideas worth sharing through national selections and auditions. For more information about the involvement and process in your country, please contact GROW-SME-WEEK-ADMIN[at]
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May 11

Starting your own #business can be a scary experience but Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs can help you! The programme enables you to build up your business skills and develop your business through a collaboration with an experienced entrepreneur in another country.

Want to know more? Go to
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May 9

Happy Europe Day!

Every 9 May, the European Union celebrates peace and unity on 'Europe Day'

On this occasion, the EU institutions open their doors to the public.
Find out more:
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May 6

Thanks Radio 24 for the interview on Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs!
'Fare impresa con Erasmus. All'estero ci va l'imprenditore' | 2 May 2015
May 4

Inspiration of the day...

“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.” –Michael Jordan, NBA Legendary Basketball MVP

Share if you LIKE!
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Apr 27

We would like to introduce you to new entrepreneur Piedad Silgo
& Ellen Gunning who are in Ireland for an Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs exchange.

Also want to get involved?
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Apr 23

Are you looking to apply as an Intermerdiary Organisation for Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs? Don't forget to register for the info day, which will take place in Brussels on 4th May.

*Please note that it is not intended for entrepreneurs willing to participate in the programme, who should apply via (No Deadline!).*

Deadline for Submission: 3rd June 2015, 17:00 (CET)

For more information on the call, please go to…/cos-eye-2015-4-01-erasmus-young-entr…

Questions about this call for proposals should be submitted only in writing by sending an e-mail to: Answers will be published at the page of the call on regular intervals.
Apr 17

Nothing is impossible so dream big! :)
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Apr 8

What type of entrepreneur are you? Are you more Branson or Zuckerberg? Or, Are you all talk and no action, a wantrepreneur?

To find out the answer, wind your way through the Infographic available below.
Apr 1

Please note that the Erasmus IT Tool will be down for maintenance today, Wednesday April 1st, from 11h00 to 12h30 (CET).

During this time the IT Tool will not be available and entrepreneurs will NOT be able to submit new applications or log in.

We apologise for any inconvenience.
Mar 31

New Call for Proposal for Intermediary Organisations has been launched!

The Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) has launched the new Call for Proposals, which will select bodies to act as intermediaries for the programme at local level and to facilitate the exchanges between the new and the host entrepreneurs.

*Please note that it is not intended for entrepreneurs willing to participate in the programme, who should apply via (No Deadline!).*

Deadline for Submission: 3rd June 2015, 17:00 (CET)

For more information on the call, please go to

Questions about this call for proposals should be submitted only in writing by sending an e-mail to: Answers will be published at the page of the call on regular intervals.
Mar 25

What a lovely video telling the story of Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs alumni Dilek Topkara, who has now set up her own business Dilekerei in Berlin, Germany.

Back in 2010, Dilek had an entrepreneurial exchange with one of our experienced entrepreneurs and cake decorators in the UK, before continuing to get more experience and setting up her own business.

We wish Dilek a lot of luck and success with her business. We we certainly stop by next time we are in Berlin to try some of her delicious-looking cakes :)
Mar 14

Never give up! :-) Enjoy your weekend in the meantime.
Mar 13

Are you looking to do an entrepreneurial exchange in Brazil?

Apply to CONNECT before 22 March on and get local support from an experienced mentor!

The stay in Brazil is partly financed by the European Commission.
Mar 12

Wow, what a stimulating event it has been!

Fantastic two days with our intermediary organisations from across Europe with many thought-provoking discussions and plenty of new ideas on how to progress with the programme.

We have also now officially welcomed our new intermediary organisations that have just joined the programme.

More pictures are to come but we can already share this lovely photo of our participants! :)
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Mar 3

Good morning, entrepreneurs? How is everyone doing this week?

We are pretty excited as we have a week left until our 15th Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs Network Meeting for the intermediary organisations in the programme!

This time next week we will be gathering the 176 local contact points (i.e. the intermediary organisations or IOs) from all across Europe in Brussels to discuss various aspects of the programme, share good practices and network!
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Feb 26

Today we are presenting at the "Supporting SMEs, Microenterprises and Young Entrepreneurs in the EU” conference, organised at the European Parliament by Miriam Dalli MEP, as part of a very interesting panel of experts on SMEs and entrepreneurship.

The topics of discussion include:
- SMEs and microenterprises as the driving forces of the EU
- Low-carbon, "green-" and "blue growth" opportunities for SMEs and microenterprises
- Digital services for SMEs – SMEs in the Cloud
- European exchange programmes for young entrepreneurs

Want to follow the discussion or see what has been mentioned so far? Insite Malta is blogging live from the event right now and you can follow the discussions here
Feb 23

Crowdfunding is an emerging source of financing involving open calls to the public, generally via the internet, to finance projects through donations, monetary contributions in exchange for a reward, product pre-ordering, lending, or investment.

Any type of organisation can launch a crowdfunding campaign. SMEs, artists, innovative start-ups, and social entrepreneurs may all benefit from different forms of crowdfunding.

The guide for small businesses explains what crowdfunding is and how to use it. It offers information for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) on different types of crowdfunding and gives practical tips on how to access it.
Jan 28

Indre Gutauskaite nos cuenta su experiencia en el Erasmus para jóvenes emprendedores

Más información @
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Jan 26

10 keys to a successful business plan

Great infographic from the Washington State University providing 10 guidelines to help prospective entrepreneurs organise their thoughts and wow potential investors. Check it out!