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MY BUSINESS. MY LIFE.

Start, manage and grow a business with support from the EU

SINGLE MARKET, UNLIMITED POTENTIAL

SINGLE MARKET, UNLIMITED POTENTIAL

Want to establish a barbershop in Belgium or offer consultancy in Croatia? When it comes to business in the EU, there are no borders. The Single Market allows me to offer my products or services to over 500 million consumers. Goods, people, and capital can move freely between countries, so I can follow my business ambitions wherever they lead.

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FINDING FUNDING

Setting up a business doesn’t have to mean breaking the bank. If I’ve had a bright idea, then the EU can provide me with the financial support I need through a wide range of local, regional and national initiatives. Whether starting a new business, or developing an existing one, I can apply for EU supported loans, microfinance, guarantees and venture capital to help.

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FINDING FUNDING
HELPFUL HINTS

HELPFUL HINTS

In need of some solid advice? The Enterprise Europe Network can provide me with an experienced expert who understands my business model. They can create an action plan and help me get to grips with everything from finance to intellectual property. They can also help me find international partners to grow and scale my business abroad.

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GET A HEAD START

Fancy learning from the pros? If I’ve recently set up my own business, or I’m looking to do so soon, then I’m eligible for on-the-job training with an established SME anywhere in the EU. The Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs scheme will give me experience of other European markets, which can help my new venture blossom.

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ADMIN HEADACHE?

ADMIN HEADACHE?

Not when I’m registering my business in a Member State of the EU. The process can be completed online. What’s more, the EU encourages countries to register my business within three days. So no mountains of paperwork to worry about – setting up my business is simple and painless.

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How it works

As one of the world’s largest economies, the European Union is the perfect place to start or scale up a business. The Single Market means that the European Union is considered as one big territory, so I just need to decide in which country or countries I would like to do business. 99.8 % of European businesses are SMEs, so EU policy is designed to promote SME growth by identifying and tackling the main problems they face, such as the time it takes to set up an enterprise. On top of this, the EU can give me what I need to get the very best out of my business idea; from finance to coaching, and business networks to exchange schemes.

Did you know

25%

the percentage of the EU’s GDP that is generated by the free movement of goods.

€2.3 billion

of the EU budget is ring-fenced specifically for supporting SMEs until 2020.

International expansion

My business can offer its goods or services to any other EU country without being based there. All I need is a pre-existing business in the country where I live.

25000

The maximum amount I can apply for in a microloan to start or develop my business. I can also apply for a loan guarantee of up to €150,000 to support my SME.

€2.7 billion

The budget of the European Innovation Council, available to support ambitious and cutting-edge proposals. Read more

The Living Hostel, directed by Matthias Hoene

Although her youth is long behind her, Gisela still longs to experience the sights of Europe. Her grandchildren decide to raise enough money to send her on her dream adventure, but their plan has unexpected results...

behind the scenes - The Living Hostel, directed by Matthias Hoene
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Oona, directed by Zaida Bergroth

After becoming lost and stranded in a menacing forest, a young girl must rely on the assistance of an unlikely friend to find her way home.

behind the scenes - Oona, directed by Zaida Bergroth
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Party Animal, directed by Yorgos Zois

Alex is an energetic twenty five year-old who will do anything he can to keep dancing. Trapped in a restrictive job, he's suddenly hit by a spark of inspiration.

behind the scenes - Party Animal, directed by Yorgos Zois
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The Loner, directed by Tomasz Konecki

A man of the wilderness, Jan lives alone in a cabin in the Polish mountains. But when destiny interrupts his solitary lifestyle, he must devise a plan in order to follow his heart.

behind the scenes - The Loner, directed by Tomasz Konecki
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Debut, directed by Dalibor Matanić

A young Croatian farmer dreams of becoming a professional football star. But before pursuing his ambition on the pitch, he must first face the truth about who he really is.

behind the scenes - Debut, directed by Dalibor Matanić
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The Living Hostel, directed by Matthias Hoene
The Living Hostel, directed by Matthias Hoene
Oona, directed by Zaida Bergroth
Oona, directed by Zaida Bergroth
Party Animal, directed by Yorgos Zois
Party Animal, directed by Yorgos Zois
The Loner, directed by Tomasz Konecki
The Loner, directed by Tomasz Konecki
Debut, directed by Dalibor Matanić
Debut, directed by Dalibor Matanić

How does the EU help you do what you love?

Ever dream of starting a business, studying abroad, or volunteering to help communities in need? And did you know the EU can support you in achieving all of these things? Discover everything the EU gives you to unlock your potential.

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