Lavinia Cupello & Gerard Jonkman  - Erasmus entrepreneurs

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New entrepreneur:
Lavinia Cupello (Ireland)
Age: 29
Company name: (Start-up)
Sector of activity: Legal, fiscal and other consultancy services

My time at The Rights Forum has been great. Despite the challenges of COVID-19 I have learnt about how a human rights organization is ran. Without the support of the EYE program I would not have been able to learn so many new skills which will be essential to my future business.

Host entrepreneur:
Gerard Jonkman (Netherlands)
Age: 55
Company name: The Rights Forum / (9 years of experience)
Sector of activity: Legal, fiscal and other consultancy services

The EYE programme introduced me to Lavinia, who has been a great help to my team. She has learnt a lot about how we work and in return we have learnt a lot from Lavinia's knowledge and experience. I look forward to maintaining a close partnership with her in the future.

Period of exchange: 09/2020 until 01/2021
Duration of exchange: 5.5 months


Results and benefits


20 new contacts
Non-Profit/Human Rights/Law


Young entrepreneur Lavinia Cupello discovered the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs programme through a recommendation from her EYE's Local Conact point. She decided to participate after completing her second Master's degree in International Human Rights Law and wanted to put her knowledge and experience in this field into practise. The host entrepreneur, Gerard Jonkman, heads the Rights Forum, a non-profit organisation in the Netherlands that focuses on the Israel-Palestine conflict. Through the exchange, both parties hoped to gain knowledge and skills to expand their organisations. Lavinia was looking for practical experience in the non-profit human rights sector, while Gerard was looking for knowledge about international law and new experience in that field.

During her time at The Rights Forum, Lavinia worked on many legal cases involving violations of international law and applying the jurisprudence of various international tribunals. She was also able to develop her skills in organising work on a daily basis and working as part of a team in the field of human rights legal advice. During the exchange, she gained practical experience in all these areas and was able to broaden her knowledge and learn about the practical side of business management, while the host entrepreneur benefited from Lavinia's skills in successfully managing legal cases.

The collaboration has been very successful as Lavinia has developed her skills in legal advice and practise in the field of human rights. She and Gerard have developed a very close collaborative relationship that will continue after the exchange. Thanks to Lavinia's previous experience, the host entrepreneur has also gained knowledge about international institutions and the functioning of such organisations.

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

New entrepreneur's contact point:
Dublin Chamber of Commerce (Dublin, Ireland)

Host entrepreneur's contact point:
Quarter Mediation (Utrecht, Netherlands)

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