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Deadline: Ongoing | Apply here
Eligibility: EU/EEA-based entrepreneurs
Costs: Fully funded
Dates: Flexible throughout 2016 to 2017 inclusively

Erasmus for Entrepreneurs Exchange Program 2016

Are you thinking of starting your own business, or have you recently done so? Or perhaps you are already running a successful business and would like to expand it to new markets, or get fresh ideas on to elevate your business to a new level?

Erasmus for Entrepreneurs could be the right fit for you!

The European business network and financial support can help you exchange knowledge and expand your business.

About the European exchange program

Erasmus for 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.

Benefits

As a new entrepreneur, you will benefit from on-the-job training in a small or medium-sized enterprise elsewhere in the Participating Countries. 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).

Who can participate?

  • New entrepreneurs, firmly planning to set up their own business or have already started one within the last three years;
  • Experienced entrepreneurs who own or manage a Small or Medium-Sized Enterprise in one of the Participating Countries.

Interested? Here is a registration guide for new entrepreneurs, and please read the programme guide for more information on conditions of participation.

Have questions? Contact the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs Support Office: info@erasmus-entrepreneurs.nl.

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