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. Read the programme guide

Have you decided to apply for the programme? Read first the registration guide for New Entrepreneurs or for Host Entrepreneurs



'Wenn es diesem EU-Programm gelingt mehr junge Menschen für eine selbstständige Tätigkeit zu animieren und vor allem zu trainieren dann kann das ein weiterer Weg sein um die Jugendarbeitslosigkeit gerade in den wirtschaftsschwachen EU-Staaten mit zu mindern.'
Carsten Baeck (host entrepreneur)
Owner Deutsche Risikoberatung (Germany)

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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Nov 26

And we are off!

We are very happy to have Mauricio Ortiz and Dimitra Didangelou today who have accepted out invitation to share their experience as new entrepreneurs in the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs programme.

Follow the Q&A session on twitter via #AskEYE or @EYEmoderator and tweet your questions or post them here and we wish make sure that they reach Mauricio and Dimitra.
Nov 26

Are you ready? Our live Q&A session on Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs will start in 10 mins (1pm CET).

Our alumni new entrepreneurs Maurizio Ortiz and Dimitra Didangelou are ready to answer your questions on the programme.

You can post your questions here or follow us on Twitter via @EYEmoderator #AskEYE.

Join us in 10 mins and don't forget to share this with your friends and followers.
Nov 18

Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs added a new photo.
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Nov 5

Want to know what Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs is about?

Read the article from Aliki Anagnosti Academy of Entrepreneurship (local contact point in Greece) written for

More about the programme? Visit!
Oct 9

The Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs Network Meeting took place last week and gathered more than 150 people from 32 different countries.

During the meeting, we discussed issues such as the promotion of the programme, the alumni network and various other interesting topics.

To find more about the Intermediary Organisations visit

The next one is planned in February-March 2016.
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Oct 9

SEED7 is a European Partnership involved in the programme and composed of 7 different Intermediary Organisations from 6 different European countries (UK, Hungary, France, Italy, Portugal and Germany). The consortium focus on social entrepreneurship.

If you are an aspiring or a first time entrepreneur interested in this field, contact them for more information!
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Oct 9

Question of the day from Adi Hristova

Can an entrepreneur be considered as 'Host' if the company has less than 3 years of creation but has been created by experienced entrepreneurs?

Is there anyone who knows the answer and can reply to Adi?
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Sep 11

Dear entrepreneur,

Please note that the Erasmus IT Tool will be down for maintenance from this evening until 10am (CET) on Monday, 14 September.

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

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Have a good weekend.
Sep 9

The New Success Story Brochure '5 Years of Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs' is out. Check it out and share if you like!
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Sep 9

You are having money issues because you have money issues.
One of them is living with your mommy...
Read more to find out why!
Aug 31

Interested to find our more about Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs? In or around Brussels on 14th October?

Then come along to our Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs workshop, which will take place in the framework of the 13th edition of European Week of Regions and Cities (OPEN DAYS)12-15 October 2015.

The OPEN DAYS – European Week of Regions and Cities is an annual four-day event during which cities and regions showcase their capacity to create growth and jobs, implement European Union cohesion policy, and prove the importance of the local and regional level for good European governance. The event welcomes some 6 000 participants each October for more than 100 workshops and debates, exhibitions and networking opportunities.

Our workshop will take place on 14 October 14:30-17:00. If you are interested to join us, register here-
Note that space will be allocated on first come, first served basis.
Aug 28

Congratulate Petra who's just back from Helsinki as part of her experience in Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs!

Have a lovely and inspiring weekend wherever you are!
Aug 20

Do you think that education is a necessity to build a successful business?

Several personalities made it without formal education. Do you recognise this man?
Jul 1

Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs shared Global Entrepreneurship Week's photo.
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Jun 23

A lovely success story from one of our Italian local contact points, Centro per lo sviluppo creativo Danilo Dolci, about the successful #exchange between the Italian host #entrepreneur Vincenza Ferrara and the British new entrepreneur Sarah Wolferstan.

Vinceza herself has previously taken part in Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs as a new entrepreneur and we are very happy to see that she has now joined the programme again as a host entrepreneur.

Have a look at their story if you are an Italian speaker :)
Jun 19

Have you heard of Enterprise Europe Network (EEN)? No? Then keep reading because the EEN helps small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to make the most of business opportunities in the EU and beyond.

To find out more, go to or contact one of the local contact points in your country
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Jun 15

Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs shared Global Entrepreneurship Week's photo.
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Jun 4

What defines a management “dream team”? Have a look at this interesting article that outlines the importance of various team members for an enterprise. As the author says, "Enterprise is the ultimate collaborative art."
May 28

'A look back at my time as an Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs'
By Kate Nic Dhomhnaill | 21 May 2015
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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