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Support we provide

Support we provide

The European Commission's objective is to encourage more people to become entrepreneurs, set up their own companies and create jobs in the EU. To help them do so, the Commission runs an exchange programme Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs and supports introduction of entrepreneurship education in schools in all EU countries.

What the Commission does

Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs

Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs is a cross-border programme facilitating the exchange of entrepreneurial and management experience. The exchange sees a newly established or potential entrepreneur make a one to six month visit to an experienced entrepreneur running an SME in another country. In the last five years, more than 2 500 pairs of entrepreneurs have benefitted from the programme. Learn more about the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneurship education

As Europe needs more entrepreneurs creating jobs, it's necessary to support the entrepreneurship education in all EU countries. The main objective of the Commission is to promote entrepreneurship education and stress its importance at all levels from primary school to university and beyond. Learn more about the entrepreneurship education.

Support networks

The Commission provides support and information to entrepreneurs and SMEs through:

  • the Your Europe Business Portal is a practical guide to doing business in Europe. It provides entrepreneurs with information and interactive services that help them expand their business abroad;
  • the Enterprise Europe Network helps SMEs and entrepreneurs access market information, overcome legal obstacles, and find potential business partners across Europe;
  • the SME Internationalisation support page provides information on foreign markets and helps European business internationalise their activities;
  • the single portal on Access to Finance helps SMEs find finance supported by the EU.