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Updated 09/2015

Updated 09/2015

Exchanges for young entrepreneurs

If you've just started a business or intend to soon, you could qualify for the Erasmus for young entrepreneurs exchange scheme, allowing you to get help from experienced entrepreneurs living in another EU-country, during a stay there, partly funded by the EU.

To qualify, your start-up business must be less than 3 years old or you must already have a business plan as proof of your firm intention to start a business.

You must be a permanent resident in an EU country or a country that is part of the COSME agreement and able to supplement the EU support with your own funds to cover all costs of your stay abroad.

If you are a successful and experienced entrepreneur or owner of a small business, you could qualify to host a young entrepreneur.

Guide for host entrepreneurs [995 KB]

Length of stay abroad

You can spend from 1 to 6 months in another EU country with an experienced entrepreneur. You can split your stay into several parts (for example 2 weeks every month), as long as you finish your programme within 12 months of starting it.

EU financial support

For your stay abroad you can expect help with your travel & daily living costs. The monthly amount of assistance [53 KB] depends on the country you visit.

Contact points

The programme is coordinated in each EU country by local contact points. They will guide you through the exchange process and pay out your financial support.

How to apply

You will need the following documents to apply:

  • your CV
  • a motivation letter
  • (for new start-ups) a business plan.

Guide for new entrepreneurs - how to register [896 KB]

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