Success stories

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



New entrepreneur:
Vincenzo Vozza (Italy)
Age: 28
Company name: (Start-up)
Sector of activity: Architectural, construction, engineering and inspection services


It was a fantastic experience from all points of view that really marked me. Thanks to the EYE programme, this life opportunity, I learned so many things in the world of entrepreneurship and sales, conduct bargaining. I immersed myself in the sector of hospitality in the UK and but mostly obtained the basics of designing commercial venues. It enriched me professionally and now I feel more confident in my ability.


Host entrepreneur:
PAUL Marshall (United Kingdom)
Age: 46
Company name: MARSHALL BLACK HOSPITALITY LTD (8 years of experience)
Sector of activity: Architectural, construction, engineering and inspection services



Period of exchange: 03/2020 until 09/2020
Duration of exchange: 6

Vincenzo is an architect and as soon as he finished his studies he immediately started working in the entrepreneurial company of building materials of the family company. Then he found this fantastic possibility to go an international exchange and his plan was to continue the entrepreneurial path but in a new company abroad to be able to open to new market opportunities and personal knowledge that could make him grow professionally. 

The UK attracted him for a long time as he had enjoyed his first visit. He found out about the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs programme through the internet and since then he always thought he should pursue it. He chose a company that dealt with commercial premises as in this sector he wanted to draw up his business idea. His host Paul really helped him to grow professionally as he is very focused on work and he laid the foundations for Vincenzo to be able to design a commercial space in the UK. He is very happy about his choice, he found the programme to be fantastic and he is grateful to his Host.

 

The activities that Vincenzo carried out with Paul were ranging from the visit to the construction site and therefore the survey with the measures photographic to setting the negotiation to understand certain things before tackling the estimate and subsequently the transfer to the plan with the tools first by hand and then digitised. Vincenzo learned how to set up the design of a bar or restaurant, use a programme for 3D design and modelling and the creation of rendering from 2D back to 3D. He then learned to deal with customers and in order to make them understand that they could completely rely on him once the project had been done, the last part was bargaining with customers and the drafting of the contract.

 

Vincenzo benefited from his EYE experience from the many contacts and collaborations he made. He actually intends to continue his collaboration with Paul.

 

Not only has the exchange opened up new paths to him in the design of commercial premises he knew very little about, but it also enabled the possibility of new marketing strategies. Thanks to Paul, Vincenzo made several interesting professional acquaintances and contacts for potential clients and potential collaborations.

 

He learned how to design a bar or a restaurant starting from the survey phase on-site, to the 3D virtual design to create the bar. He can now recognise the different types of showcases used in the catering field.


Certainly this experience allowed him to get many contacts and collaborations. He intend to actually continue his collaboration from Italy remotely with Paul and not only has opened up to new paths to Vincenzo, not only on the design of commercial premises he I knew very little about, but also on the possibility of new marketing strategies. He also met many other interesting people including clients with whom he compared and exchanged contacts for a possible collaboration together as some of these always worked in entrepreneurship. It was an extraordinary experience as he made many new acquaintances on the working level and thanks to the host entrepreneur he learned many things, such as how to design a restaurant or a bar, starting from the survey phase done on site up to get to the 3D virtual design of the bar that will have to be created. 

Vincenzo can now recognise the different types of showcases used in the catering field and also used and the arrangement in the design phase of the types of showcases used in the catering field and also used and the arrangement in the design phase of the types of furniture, colours and materials used in London, mostly the "brick" or "facing brick".


He also acquired a sales methodology that  allows him to have a better chance to convince the end customer. He also had the opportunity to settle in a new country and discover a new market and learnt technical English terms. 

 









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

New entrepreneur's contact point:
Consorzio Materahub Industrie Culturali e Creative (Matera)

Host entrepreneur's contact point:
Rinova ltd (London)

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