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Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs

Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs  is an exchange programme which gives entrepreneurs who intend to start a business or have recently started one the chance to learn from experienced owners of small businesses in other European Union countries.

 Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs
The exchange of experience takes place during a stay with the host entrepreneur, which helps the new entrepreneur acquire the skills he/she needs to run a small firm. The host benefits from fresh perspectives on his/her business and gets the opportunities to cooperate with foreign partners or learn about new markets.

The stay is partially funded by the European Union.


Programme goals

Europe needs to boost its entrepreneurial culture and stimulate an environment in which small firms can be created, thrive and expand. European companies should be encouraged to make full use of the opportunities offered by the european market. Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs can make a difference by:

-         increasing the number of start-ups and boosting their resilience

-         fostering cross-border transfers of knowledge and cooperation between small firms

-         helping small firms innovate and go international

-         creating jobs.

Take part – entrepreneurs

To know more about the practical and financial conditions, please check the programme's website Erasmus for young entrepreneurs


Take part – business support organisations

The programme is run locally by business support organisations (Chambers of Commerce, start-up centres, incubators, etc.), which match new and host entrepreneurs.

Your organisation can participate by applying to open calls for proposals.

Success stories

At the occasion of the 5th Anniversary of the Programme – read the success stories of entrepreneurs and impacts of the programme on businesses.

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More success stories


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