Success stories

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

New entrepreneur:
Diogo Cruz (Portugal)

Company name: (Start-up)
Sector of activity: Advertising,Promotion, Media

Host entrepreneur:
Tim Lagerpusch (Germany)

Company name: SugarTrends
Sector of activity: Advertising,Promotion, Media

Period of exchange: 03/2013 until 08/2013
Duration of exchange: 5 months

Thinking local acting global!
Sharing entrepreneurial knowledge through real-life experience is essential for Tim Lagerpusch who has been a business owner since 2006 and co-founder of SugarTrends an online marketplace offering products brought from local shops across the world in 2012.

Thanks to the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs exchange SugarTrends benefited from a remodelling of its business plan and a new online marketing strategy. This significantly increased the business’ visibility and brought around 35 new local shops into its market place and an early stage increase in sales of 300%.
"New entrepreneur Diogo had the entrepreneurial abilities and skills we were looking for to develop our business further. Moreover with his degree in business and engineering he was the best candidate for this challenge.” said Tim.

The fresh ideas of the new partner greatly contributed to the progress of Tim’s business by creating solid business processes and the development of new IT systems to support the daily activities. The fruitful cooperation did not stop at the end of the exchange and the two entrepreneurs continue working on the development of SugarTrends into a global venture.

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

New entrepreneur's contact point:
Associação Spinpark - Centro de Incubação de base tecnologica (Guimaraes)

Host entrepreneur's contact point:
BADEN-WÜRTTEMBERG INTERNATIONAL Gesellschaft für internationale wirtschaftliche und wissenschaftliche Zusammenarbeit mbH (Stuttgart)

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