European exchange programme for Entrepreneurs
Erasmus for Young
Entrepreneurs helps provide aspiring European entrepreneurs
with the skills necessary to start and/or successfully run a small business in Europe. New entrepreneurs gather and exchange
knowledge and business ideas with an experienced entrepreneur,
with whom they stay and collaborate for a period of 1 to 6 months.
The stay is
partly financed by the European Commission.
As a new entrepreneur, you will benefit from on-the-job training in a
small or medium-sized enterprise in another Participating Country. This will ease
the successful start of your
business or strengthen your new enterprise. You can also benefit from access to
new markets, international cooperation and potential possibilities for
collaboration with business partners abroad.
As a host entrepreneur, you can benefit from fresh ideas from a
motivated new entrepreneur on your business. He may have specialised skills or
knowledge in an area you do not master, which could also complement yours. Most
host entrepreneurs enjoyed the experience so much that they decide to host
other new entrepreneurs afterwards.
It is really a win-win collaboration whereby both of
you can also discover new European markets or business partners, different ways
of doing business.
On the longer-term, you will
benefit from wide networking opportunities, and, possibly, decide to continue
your collaboration, possibly as long-term business partners (e.g. joint
ventures, sub-contracting activities, contractor-supplier relationships, etc).
"Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs" is financed by the European Commission
and operates across the Participating Countries with the help of the local contact points
competent in business support (e.g. Chambers of Commerce, start-up
centres, incubators etc.). Their activities are coordinated at European
level by the Support Office
of the Programme.