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.

“First lesson I learned is that the crisis has hit Europe more than I could have imagined. To be smart in the way we develop our business is necessary. The NE was very helpful and his positive attitude made us try to develop a new business plan. I would certainly recommend the program.”
Marc Prins, Studio Seven Architecten, The Netherlands

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.

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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

It's nearly Easter :)

Please note that the Support Office will be closed 2-6 April 2015.

The Helpdesk will resume its activities on Tuesday, 7th April 2015, and we will do our best to reply to queries submitted over the holidays as quickly as possible.

Meanwhile, we wish you a very Happy Easter holiday!

The Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs Support Office
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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!
Jan 22

Hi @Giannis Nikitidis,

New entrepreneurs who apply for Erasmus for Young entrepreneurs have to provide a full business plan and a summary of it.

The full business plan, ONLY accessible to your intermediary organisation must at least contain:

1. A clear description of the product or service to be offered;
2. A market analysis that includes definition and assessment of the target market. It should also include competitor’s analysis as well as the marketing and sales plan;
3. A financial plan including estimated expenses and income in the following 2 years and a break-even analysis.

As confidential document, you can ask your intermediary organisation to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) or any similar confidentiality agreement you consider pertinent.

The summary of the business plan is a brief presentation of your future business which will be viewed by host entrepreneurs.

If you need more information on how to write a business you can refer to websites or contact an intermediary organisation in your country and see how they can help.
Jan 21

Judging by their big smiles, the #ErasmusEntrepreneurs experience between these two entrepreneurs was a great success. Congratulations to Helena Loermans ( Handwoven Textiles ) and Marta Pokojowczyk.
Jan 14

That's one vision of entrepreneurship...
What do you think? What does entrepreneurship mean for you?
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Jan 13

The Dublin Chamber of Commerce (your local contact point in Ireland) is organising a Celebration and Networking event on Erasmus for Young Entrepreneur on 22 January 2015.

The event will be showcasing success stories and case studies of the programme to inspire you!

Want to join? Follow the link...
Jan 8

New study shows that 1% of firms create 72% of new jobs. Companies with sustained growth are the key to job creation.