Two European exchange programmes for Entrepreneurs

Read more about the programmes “Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs” and “Mobilise SME”, the Mobility Programme for SME Staff

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Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs

This is a cross-border exchange programme which gives new or aspiring entrepreneurs the chance to learn from experienced entrepreneurs running small businesses in other Participating Countries.

The exchange of experience takes place during a stay with the experienced entrepreneur, which helps the new entrepreneur acquire the skills needed 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.


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

For more information, please contact the local contact point: Junge Wirtschaft/Zielgruppenmanagement,  

Read the story of a creative participating in the programme.

For spontaneous registrants: still possible to join the MobiliseSME programme until the end of march 2023

MobiliseSME is a programme initiated by the EU (EURES, EASI). It aims to help develop skills and capacities of staff of companies (employees, manager and owners or co-owners) by supporting short term cross-border secondments. The scheme involves the exchange of staff from an SME in one EU country to another SME in a different EU country.

The programme allows the use of the scheme to boost collaborations already taking place. For quick-decision makers: a participation at the programme is still possible until the end of march 2023. For further information please contact Mr. Christoph Huter

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