We connect European tech entrepreneurs

The Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs program brings together people who want to start a business with experienced entrepreneurs from all over Europe.

Fresh Perspective

Get new market insights and exchange knowledge with other entrepreneurs.

International Network

Meet international partners and find new growth possibilities for your company.

Grant

Get a EU grant to help you finance your stay in Germany!

Apply with your CV and business plan

Target Group

The program is addressed to:

New Entrepreneurs, founders from all over Europe with up to 3 years of entrepreneurial experience.

Host Entrepreneurs, founders based in Germany with minimum 3 years of entrepreneurial experience.

Costs

Travel and accommodation costs for new entrepreneurs are subsidised by the European Union. The amount perceived per month depends on the cost of life in the country you chose to go to. The monthly grant allocated for Germany is 830€.

Process

  1. Online application
  2. Program acceptance and access to the data base with the host and new entrepreneurs’ profiles
  3. Matching and submission of the working plan
  4. Collaboration within the company of the host entrepreneur

Duration

1 to 6 months

Contact Persons

Katharina Kratzer

Project Leader International Cooperation
Entrepreneurial Network
erasmus@unternehmertum.de
+49 89-18 94 69-1453

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can participate in the program?

The program is accessible to all European new and host entrepreneurs who have their permanent residence in one of 27 European Member States, Albania, Armenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Iceland, Turkey, UK, Ukraine, and Kosovo*.

Entrepreneurs from the EU outermost regions and the Oversears Countries and Territories (OCTs) are also eligible to participate.

Please note that participation in the program is not based on nationality but on fulfilling the program’s eligibility critieria with regards to permanent residence in one of the participating countries.

*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence

What will I do during the exchange?
The new entrepreneur brings in the experience of his/her local market, knowledge on new technologies or on the implementation of innovative processes.
The host entrepreneur hosts a new entrepreneur from a different country at his/her company in order to work on projects for mutual benefit. The HE provides mentorship and gives the NE advice on how to develop his/her business.
Can I choose my own exchange partner?
Entrepreneurs are free to choose their own exchange partner in the program database or suggest an exchange candidate.
How long does it take before my exchange can start?
Several steps need to be completed before the exchange can start. The exact duration depends on all parties involved: the exchange partner, the local Intermediate Organisations and the European Commission. Be aware that it can take several weeks until your exchange is approved.
Where can I find more specific information about Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs?

Please find more information on the webpage: https://erasmus-entrepreneurs.eu/.

Flyer with key facts of the program

Success Stories

 

This was the best experience I could have gained in the shortest period possible! I know what it takes to be a CEO of a company.”

Vladislav Pavlov

New Entrepreneur, ShopGuru

On the way becoming a CEO

Vladislav Pavlov, a young IT entrepreneur from Serbia, has a lot to tell about his time in Germany. He spent six months with his host Daniel Burns, founder of Testifi Gmbh in Munich, as part of the European entrepreneur exchange program "Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs (EYE)."

With the desire to gain knowledge to build his own business, Vladislav began financial analysis and market research in the software testing industry. This led him to develop a proper sales strategy for Testifi Gmbh to pursue the SME market. During his six-month exchange, he worked in a professional environment and enhanced his skills working with various tools, in addition to managing new customers and following up on meetings. The exchange program offered him the chance to meet with the board of advisors, the lawyers and the bankers and he learnt about the challenges a business entity goes through. 

Realizing the benefits of the EYE program, Vladislav has decided to extend his stay in Munich beyond the program and continues working for Testify. He wants to learn even more from his host entrepreneur (HE) so that he can run his own business in the future.

Tech Entrepreneurs Collaborating in Munich

As an investor Virginie Bezot worked for seven years in different types of assets, like real estate, equities, and bonds. Since January 1, 2020 she started her career as an entrepreneur with the company AKNIA.EU. It is specialized in business engineering, gathering 4 business lines: business development, international expansion, the introduction of innovative solutions, and financing.

Benefitting from the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs Program she spent five months in Munich in a start-up specialized in artificial intelligence, called Masterplan Engineering.

Her Host Entrepreneur, Alexandre Davin, Co-Founder of Masterplan Engineering, already gained entrepreneurial experiences over eight years as a French founder in Germany.

It’s not only about the Bavarian culture, like nice beer or the beautiful nature, like the alps or lakes. Munich offers entrepreneurs innovation and technical expertise.

“Thanks to this experience I could refine my business model. Munich offers a wonderful start-up ecosystem. It is an international city in the heart of Europe, where you can easily develop a worldwide network with highly qualified professionals.”

Virginie Bezot

New Entrepreneur, AKNIA.EU

 

This was the best experience I could have gained in the shortest period possible! I know what it takes to be a CEO of a company.”

Vladislav Pavlov

New Entrepreneur, ShopGuru

On the way becoming a CEO

Vladislav Pavlov, a young IT entrepreneur from Serbia, has a lot to tell about his time in Germany. He spent six months with his host Daniel Burns, founder of Testifi Gmbh in Munich, as part of the European entrepreneur exchange program "Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs (EYE)."

With the desire to gain knowledge to build his own business, Vladislav began financial analysis and market research in the software testing industry. This led him to develop a proper sales strategy for Testifi Gmbh to pursue the SME market. During his six-month exchange, he worked in a professional environment and enhanced his skills working with various tools, in addition to managing new customers and following up on meetings. The exchange program offered him the chance to meet with the board of advisors, the lawyers and the bankers and he learnt about the challenges a business entity goes through. 

Realizing the benefits of the EYE program, Vladislav has decided to extend his stay in Munich beyond the program and continues working for Testify. He wants to learn even more from his host entrepreneur (HE) so that he can run his own business in the future.

More than an international exchange

Leo Martinez, the co-founder of Colorimetrix and an alumnus of our incubator XPRENEURS, hosted Artjola Puja from Albania within the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs program. Leo´s enterprise, Colorimetrix is a lab in a pocket meaning that you can monitor kidney conditions, diabetes or ovulation, and pregnancy with your smartphone. Meanwhile, Artjola is working to develop a mobile-based app called ‘I-Health’, which will allow patients to access their medical records and communicate with doctors from their homes.

The Host Entrepreneur Leo was looking to share his entrepreneurial expertise and build international collaborations. The Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs program brought him together with the New Entrepreneur Artjola for a 6-month international exchange of entrepreneurship experience. Leo not only gave Artjola a unique industry-related experience about developing a business but also gave her opportunities to interact with potential customers and partners that are crucial for any new business.

Both entrepreneurs largely credited their similar business ideas for their successful collaboration. The Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs experience has boosted Artjola’s motivation for starting her own business and has given her valuable insights into penetrating her product’s target market. Now Artjola is working on developing and testing her business prototype, forming her team and collaborating with other entrepreneurs to bring the I-Health app to life. Leo and Artjola hope that their collaboration will continue in the future and will soon grow into a partnership.

“It was rewarding having someone so young and full of energy, someone who inspired us to remember the early days of entrepreneurship and lifted the startup spirit again. I would encourage more seasoned entrepreneurs to give this chance to young entrepreneurs. There are plenty of young ambitious minds out there ready to take over the world and change it for good. We need to give them the opportunity.”

Leo Martinez

Host Entrepreneur, Colorimetrix

“I learnt the importance of being open minded because there are always infinite possibilities in any situation— we just need to learn to see it. There is so much more opportunities and doors that can be opened than we expect. All the obstacles that we see on the way are most of the times only in our head.”

Maruša Pozvek

aspiring LegalTech entrepreneur

Be open to possibilities and opportunities

Maruša Pozvek, a young LegalTech entrepreneur from Slovenia, came to Munich to collaborate with Lex Tan, founder of MotionsCloud UG and experienced entrepreneur in FinTech, within the scope of the European entrepreneurial exchange program “Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs”. Through her studies she got the idea to develop a software solution for tax consultants, which provides online legal services, thus combining law with technology.

Seeing the opportunity to go to Germany to collaborate with an experienced founder and to gain knowledge on how to manage her own business and become a Legal Technology Software Developer, Maruša applied to the exchange program. Maruša defines the exchange as a win-win situation since she has acquired broad knowledge about different fields – useful even beyond her project – and it has proven to her that her startup could be used all over Europe. Coming from a law background, technology and artificial intelligence was not her cup of tea but she has discovered how they work and how they can be combined with her idea.

After her six-months exchange, Maruša is now working on the market validation of her project, improving and changing her business plan according to the testings and feedbacks. Moreover, she is starting building up her team of technology experts in order to bring her business to the next level and expand the future access to the market.

Along with the collaboration with the Host Entrepreneur, Maruša has been actively taking part in several programs from UnternehmerTUM to get the best from the new environment.

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