Success stories

Recent testimonies of successful business networking - Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs programme





New entrepreneur:
Dimitri Visnadi (Germany)
Age: 26
Company name: (Start-up)
Sector of activity: Community, social and personal services


'I had the dream of launching my own business but I was afraid of failing. During the exchange I gained the confidence to put my ideas into action.'



Host entrepreneur:
Benjamin Suchar (France)

Company name: Yoopies.com (4 years of experience)
Sector of activity: Community, social and personal services



Period of exchange: 07/2013 until 12/2013
Duration of exchange: 5 months



Host entrepreneur Benjamin Suchar founded Yoopies in 2011, an online platform connecting parents with babysitters and nannies in Paris. After three years of continuous domestic growth, Benjamin thought that it was time for him to internationalise his company. At the same time, somewhere in Germany new entrepreneur Dimitri Visnadi was looking for an opportunity to get insights into the entrepreneurial world. 
 
Dimitri aspires to create a venture, which combines online childcare and housekeeping service. Dimitri has a solid business plan but needed the advices and tips of a successful business leader to ensure a strong start.
 
Dimitri got to know Benjamin thanks to Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs. Both entrepreneurs were keen to work together and decided to pursue the business relationship through the programme.


During his stay at the host company in France, Dimitri helped Benjamin to create a German-Italian version of the company website. Fluent in both languages he was responsible for the marketing of the company and as part of his activities; he notably launched a press campaign, which resulted in a very good press coverage in well-known German newspapers. 
 
In return, Dimitri acquired the tools needed for his company. He gained insights into a wide range of the most important elements any business is concerned with. As example, he worked on the marketing strategy he prepared for his business and could adjust it, he got insights into Human Resources and most importantly the recruitment process and learned to attract investors and manage customer relations.
 
As example, he worked on the marketing strategy he prepared for his business and could adjust it, he got insights into Human Resources and most importantly the recruitment process and learned to attract investors and manage customer relations.

Both entrepreneurs benefitted greatly from each other. Yoopies managed to reach a new market in Germany and Italy thanks to Dimitri’s knowledge of the market and languages skills. Dimitri from his side could experience the practical aspects of running a business.Thanks to this exchange of experiences, the help and advices of host entrepreneur Benjamin, he feels now more confident and ready to start his own company.




 



For more information, please contact the local contact points involved in the exchange:

New entrepreneur's contact point:
UnternehmerTUM GmbH (Garching)

Host entrepreneur's contact point:
Chambre de commerce et d'industrie de région Paris Ile-de-France (Paris )

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