Success stories

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



New entrepreneur:
Žan Strnad (Slovenia)
Age: 23
Company name: (Start-up)
Sector of activity: Legal, fiscal and other consultancy services


Erasmus business exchange in Singapore broadened my view on the world and gave me a lifetime connection to people I consider my second family. I can quote Anita Desai: "Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.''


Host entrepreneur:
Radhika Raj (Singapore)
Age: 47
Company name:
Sector of activity: Legal, fiscal and other consultancy services

EYE is what Jim Rohn said: "Formal education will make you a living, self-education will make you a fortune”.



Period of exchange: 02/2020 until 05/2020
Duration of exchange: 3 Months


How did all happen? Žan heard about EYE Global during a volunteering project within the European Voluntary Service (EVS) now known as European Solidarity Corps (ESC). he realised that it was just what he had been looking for!  He did not have his own company but a good business plan was enough to send his application for the EYE programme. He had a perfect business plan which he had started writing in his last year of high school while preparing his final professional exam. Žan wanted to experience how business is done in Asia. This is what made him focus on finding Host Entrepreneurs from Singapore and started contacting HE’s from Singapore listed in the EYE database. Very soon after that he had a video call with (his future HE) Radhika Raj. They got along very well and already started talking about how they could prepare for the possible upcoming EYE project. And so in just a month he traveled to Singapore.

Though the HE's fields were interior design and architecture were new to Žan, the plan was built to merge the two's strengths and knowledge and business management and marketing. During his first few days in Singapore he was introduced to the company's structure and work culture. Soon the major part of his exchange was the upgrade of the current management of Radhika's future projects with a goal to make the management tool more universal, clearer and easier. Among other things they worked a lot on market research for possible new suppliers of material needed for Radhika's new projects. The supply lines and market research are also the most probable fields for their future cooperation.



Žan learnt something new every day of the exchange! He had an opportunity to learn from Radhika about the business on architecture and design so he could understand the part concerning the management. He attended business meetings with her and learnt what goes on in executing a project. Žan returned home one month earlier than planned and continued his exchange remotely, despite the considerable time difference! The reason was the global pandemic that led to many European airports' closures, though during his stay in Singapore he felt extremely safe. Working from home added an element of control in Žan's learning in extremely challenging situations. As the business connection between Žan and Radhika was warm and effective, the two entrepreneurs plan to continue their successful collaboration



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

New entrepreneur's contact point:
University of Primorska (Koper)

Host entrepreneur's contact point:
Belgian-Italian Chamber of Commerce (Brussels)

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