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



"Its always good to get fresh ideas. Organisations can sometimes become stale with doing what they have always done. And if you get somebody new who is starting their own business they will have ideas that might feed into your company no matter how experienced you are as an organisation."
David Dale, International Quality Centre, United-Kingdom

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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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

Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs shared a link.
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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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.