Jānis Bērziņš (Latvia)
Company name: eValet (Start-up)
Sector of activity: Construction sector and real estate
If you are still thinking about applying for Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs answer two questions - what is the worst and what is the best that can happen as a result of the exchange? This way you can quickly come to the conclusion that there is no reason not to try this program yourself.
Jesper Bjerring Ørum (Denmark)
Company name: Globalgreentech ApS
Sector of activity: Energy, fuel, electricity and other sources of energy
Period of exchange: 05/2019 until 11/2019
Duration of exchange: 6 months
Jānis Berzins went to Denmark for six months from May to November 2019, to collaborate with Jesper Bjerring Ørum.
In the first months, both entrepreneurs got on so well that they had already established a successful partnership and started developing two business models.
Jānis had previous experience in engineering, and decided to join the programme to explore ways to innovate in the real estate industry, find new markets and expand his contacts network.
Jānis believes the programme is that everyone has the opportunity to choose which entrepreneur will bring the most added value to one's business so that not only can the experienced entrepreneur share his/her experience and valuable insights, but also explore the market where the new entrepreneur wants to tap in.
One of Jāniss accomplishments is the development of "Frest” – a successful project developed with Jesper and two other partners. This company aims to create a self-sufficient village in Denmark that can be realized by combining green technology and innovative real estate development to create active houses that consume less energy and water than they produce.
This will be one of the first projects of such scale worldwide. Therefore one of the reasons why Jānis went to exchange directly to Jesper is because of Jespers involvement in a green technology company.
In addition to this project Jānis and Jesper decided to develop another business "eValet” - vertical parking lots where the first prototype is to be sold in Norway. This parking project is specifically designed to combine new technologies with renewable energy which will also serve as a charging point for electric cars. Jānis believes this success was possible in such a short time because of Jespers large contact network.
Both Jānis and Jesper are continuing to work together and develop the projects they have started together during the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs exchange such as the the Smart Village "Frest
For more information, please contact the local contact points involved in the exchange:
New entrepreneur's contact point:SIA Civitta Latvija""
(Riga) Host entrepreneur's contact point:Aalborg University
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