Success stories

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

New entrepreneur:
Emma Andreetti (Italy)
Age: 27
Company name: Studio Palindromo (Start-up)
Sector of activity: Advertising,Promotion, Media

EYE has been a wonderful experience! I had the chance to meet and share ideas and skills with a very special HE. I acquired new technical skills insight on the Portuguese creative sector market and a 360° idea of what means to run a business... and a wonderful partner to collaborate with from now on!

Host entrepreneur:
Marc Parchow (Portugal)
Age: 46
Company name: Qual Albatroz (8 years of experience)
Sector of activity: Advertising,Promotion, Media

Emma integrated our small team with ease and grace. Very soon she became one of us joining us at meetings proposing new projects helping with the website and developing her own ideas. Her insight and sensitivity made us smarter and her readiness to jump out of her comfort zone made us bolder.

Period of exchange: 07/2020 until 12/2020
Duration of exchange: 5 months

Marc is a lot of things: a designer, a book editor, a maker, a printer and an art-educator; but he is also great at working with wood, video-editing plant growing. 
Emma is an illustrator and art-educator, she heard of the EYE programme through a friend who had taken part in it and thought it was a great opportunity to have a work experience in Portugal with a small creative business. 
Emma's idea was to start her own small business in Lisbon by thinking it would have been a good opportunity to understand how the management and paperwork are done and start creating a network of fellow professionals. Both entrepreneurs thought they could benefit from each other’s creative input and knowledges.
Marc was looking for fresh ideas and Emma was looking for someone experienced who could teach her how to multitask and run a small sustainable business in the Portuguese creative sector.

Emma and Marc did quite a few things together, ranging from cyanotype and silk-screening with natural elements, workshops for families and adults, printing out a series of handmade postcards, to building a summer camp for children about printing techniques and crating DIY school material to silk-screening for clients. 
Both also increased Qual Abatroz's presence and dynamics on social media together. Emma gave Marc her insight on how to work on Instagram, taught him how to work on a website using Wordpress and managing a web-shop, while she learnt how to use a wood-saw and build simple structures out of wood… and how complicated it is to do the accounting and paperwork for a small business like Qual Abatroz!      

Marc was patient and very empowering as a host: he took the time to show Emma the pros and cons of working in this sector and she had the chance to ask all of questions she had. "I have stuck my nose into (almost) everything and felt part of the team I gave my contribution in meeting and brought in a fresh and critical insight”.

As a Young Entrepreneur, Emma learned a lot about the every day life problems and joys of a small business working in the creative and educational sector. About how precarious and hectic it can be, but also about how staying open and curious opens doors to wonderful and fulfilling projects and collaborations.   
Emma also got new technical skills (she thinks it was mostly because she had the luck to meet someone as patient and brilliant as Marc who can literally do anything!). She finally learned how to silk-screen decently, work on WordPress to manage a website and do invoice treatment in Portugal. Marc benefited from the NE's "fresh” point of view on his business; Emma brought new ideas and points of view with him and he was able to integrate them very well with what he was already doing in terms of the programming of his business activities. He introduced Emma to lot of clients he had been working with and it was amazing for her to create a networking.

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

New entrepreneur's contact point:
EDUFORMA S.R.L. (Padova)

Host entrepreneur's contact point:
FabStart, Fabrica de Startups, SA (Oeiras)

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