Yulia Romanets & Anna Martynenko - Erasmus entrepreneurs

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New entrepreneur:
Yulia Romanets (Ukraine)
Age: 29
Company name: Fashion and personal styling services | https://skirtsup.pb.style (Start-up)
Sector of activity: Crafts, art materials and accessories

I learnt many important things during this exchange, in the administrative and creative aspects of being a freelancer. I have gained more confidence in working with international clients and expanded my network in Berlin. I believe Anna and I will also collaborate in the future.

Host entrepreneur:
Anna Martynenko (Germany)
Age: 28
Company name: Anna Martynenko freelance photography | anna-martynenko.com (8 years of experience)
Sector of activity: Crafts, art materials and accessories

It was a pleasure to work with Yulia. She has an entrepreneurial spirit, is motivated, driven, energetic and creative. It was great to share my experience of freelancing in Germany and exchange ideas about photography and styling with her.

Period of exchange: 09/2022 until 11/2022
Duration of exchange: 3 months


Business sector of the exchange


Crafts, art materials and accessories


Yulia Romanets is 29 years old and comes from Ukraine. Before the outbreak of the war, she started working as a freelance stylist in Ukraine. She moved to Germany and realised that she could use this time to further her career on an international level. Yulia already knew that she needed to expand her network and learn more about styling and running a business as a freelancer in Europe, as this is a big difference from the Ukrainian way of working. She wanted to become a fashion and personal stylist. Both fields require different preparation and knowledge. Yulia also knew that there were areas closely related to styling, such as photography, where she could gain experience in the administrative field, but also make useful collaborations. She then applied for the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs programme and found a host, Anna Martynenko, who had gained entrepreneurial experience as a freelance photographer in Berlin. Anna was interested in working with Yulia, sharing her experience and knowledge of freelancing in Germany and learning more about how styling and photography are connected.

Yulia and Anna worked together for three months. Anna helped Yulia with the administrative tasks of a freelancer and introduced her to international clients. Yulia learned more about mood boards and their importance for any kind of collaboration. The new entrepreneur also discovered Berlin locations, trends, brands and local businesses to collaborate with. Both entrepreneurs explored photography and post-production. Anna showed Yulia different techniques of shooting, selecting photos and going through post-production. Yulia and Anna shared their knowledge in photography and styling and benefited from exchanging information about their countries' markets and different approaches to freelancing. According to Anna, her participation as a host entrepreneur allowed her to benefit from new ideas and joint work, to develop her skills as a mentor, and to share and learn knowledge about styling.

Yulia plans to advance with her freelance carrer soon. She wants to work with international clients. Yulia and Anna will keep in touch and may have some joint projects in fashion styling and photography in the future. Yulia has gained knowledge in photography by learning the basics of outdoor and indoor photography and retouching using Photoshop software. She has a clear understanding of how to organise a shoot from start to finish. She became more confident in creating mood boards and presenting them to clients. She also expanded her network during the exchange. Yulia knows much more about Berlin trends, local stylist concepts and vintage shops. She sees the differences between styling in Ukraine and Germany and can take this experience with her for future international collaborations. Anna has benefited from the exchange by learning more about the specifics of styling in this profession, which is very much linked to photography.

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

New entrepreneur's contact point:
Alfred Nobel University (Dnipro, Ukraine)

Host entrepreneur's contact point:

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