Elona Bellaja & Yusuf Ali Altuncu - Erasmus entrepreneurs

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New entrepreneur:
Elona Bellaja (Kosovo)
Age: 23
Company name: (Start-up)
Sector of activity: Health, beauty and social services

Results from the exchange surpassed expectations, illustrating the transformative power of collaboration.

Host entrepreneur:
Yusuf Ali Altuncu (Türkiye)
Age: 47
Company name: AKAMEDİKA MEDİKAL GELİŞİM AKADEMİSİ ANONİM ŞİRKETİ / https://http//www.akamedika.com (3 years of experience)
Sector of activity: Health, beauty and social services

Working with the Elona improved our processes and promoted growth by bringing new perspectives to the table.

Period of exchange: 09/2023 until 10/2023
Duration of exchange: 1 month


Business sector of the exchange


Health, community, social and personal services


Elona Bellaja, a budding entrepreneur from Kosovo, discovered the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs (EYE) programme through Heimerer College, a local contact point for the programme. Motivated by a desire to expand her business knowledge and gain practical experience, Elona decided to participate in EYE. Yusuf Ali Altuncu, an experienced entrepreneur based in Türkiye, was intrigued by the opportunity to mentor and share his expertise with Elona. They both anticipated benefits such as learning new skills, expanding their networks, and exploring potential collaborations.

During the exchange, Elona worked closely with Yusuf at his company. She participated in various activities, including project management, meetings, client consultations and market research. Yusuf provided mentorship and guidance to Elona, sharing his knowledge of business strategy, marketing techniques, and customer relations. They collaborated on a software project with Elona contributing with fresh ideas and Yusuf offering valuable insights based on his experience. The relationship between Elona and Yusuf grew into a mutually beneficial partnership characterized by open communication and a shared passion for entrepreneurship.

Through their participation in EYE, Elona and Yusuf achieved numerous benefits. They developed new skills and knowledge, with Elona gaining practical experience in business management and Yusuf refining his mentoring abilities. The exchange also facilitated the exchange of ideas and perspectives, sparking creativity and innovation in their work. Additionally, both entrepreneurs expanded their professional networks, establishing valuable contacts within their respective activity fields. Looking to the future, Elona and Yusuf plan to continue their collaboration beyond the EYE program. Overall the experience has empowered them to pursue their entrepreneurial goals with confidence and enthusiasm.

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

New entrepreneur's contact point:
Heimerer College (Pristina, Kosovo)

Host entrepreneur's contact point:

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