New entrepreneur, Elif Seçkin from Türkiye,
learned about Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs during a training programme in
Paris that she attended in February 2019. The training was about social
entrepreneurship, which ended with an introduced to the programme.
Elif is a young woman who always wanted to
become independent and "do what she wants” yet the idea of starting a business that
would reflect her own values never really crossed her mind until she learned about
So, for her, this was a sign that would maybe
lead her to start her business and become an accomplished woman entrepreneur and
thus decided to apply for the programme.
Elif’s business idea is an online platform
which would offer a wide range of psychological tests to help youngsters
discover their abilities and tendencies. She thus prepared a solid business plan
that she submitted to the Intermediary Organisation she applied with, and got
After some research in the online database,
she came across the profile of Maria Rodriguez Gradin, owner of Sende, a co-working
space located in Northern Spain. Maria has started her company five years ago.
After approving the collaboration proposal,
Elif flew to Spain to work alongside Maria who will show her what business management
entails and improve her business plan.
From the exchange, Elif wanted to know how
things work and how to deal with a newly started business. Therefore, since the
start of the exchange, she paid careful attention to every single detail. She attentively
observing and learning from Maria.
The on-site experience helped Elif realized
that deciding and acting quickly in situations was not totally how she imagined
the process to be.
Together with Maria, they worked on the key
aspects of running a social business. Her first week was about learning the online operations and
the management of the company. Elif also got to know the entrepreneurs from
nearby co-working spaces in Portugal, with whom she helped organising events
for artists as well as the small community there.
She helped with the coordination of the event;
maintaining and preparing schedules for arrivals, interviewing the digital
nomads to understand better how they actually start their business and how they
can manage it from remote.
Elif also got involved in social corporate social responsibility
(CSR) actions. To this aim, she integrated the local community whom she enjoyed
working with. She helped with the organisation of various social events as well
as worked on the promotion and communication aspects of the event.
From this experience, Elif developed her knowledge and
skills in various areas. She develop her social, events and communication skills,
discovered marketing strategies, accounting and management. Yet, the most importantly, the
human resources, critical thinking, leading and motivating and teambuilding.
"I had a closer glimpse of whole dynamics of a business.
Being introduced to the whole scene was quite eye-opening to consider the
submerged part of the iceberg” said Elif.
She also had a chance to meet respectable people which
made her feel part of the entrepreneurial network with whom she can contact for
advice or collaboration for future projects.
For more information, please contact the local contact points involved in the exchange:
New entrepreneur's contact point:ANKARA TICARET ODASI - ANKARA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
(Cankaya Ankara) Host entrepreneur's contact point:CAMARA OFICIAL DE COMERCIO, INDUSTRIA, SERVIZOS E NAVIGACIÓN DE SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
(Santiago De Compostela)
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