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Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs

Partnered with Dialogue Place, Project Ahead is the only intermediary organization within Campania (Italy) who manages Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs.

Do you have a new business idea which needs to be put to the test?

The Erasmus Programme is a cross-border exchange programme within the European Union. However, the Erasmus exchange programme for Entrepreneurs is unique for its mentoring aspect. It is a programme dedicated to developing entrepreneurship across Europe through collaboration. Partnered with Dialogue Place, Project Ahead is the only intermediary organization within Campania who manages Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs. 

With no deadline, you can apply to the programme all year round. The exchange can be between 1 to 6 months through the support of grants and funding though the European Commission depending on the country. Within Italy you can receive up to €900 per month during your stay.

Don't speak Italian? No problem!

As your local contact point, Project Ahead will play a crucial role during your exchange to Italy as they will connect you to your Host Entrepreneur who will be able to speak in English. Project Ahead has a contact base ranging in many fields from agriculture to engineering allowing everyone to find their match.

Applying to the Programme

The application process is simple as you will input information about yourself such as languages spoken, and information about your business or business plan.

New entrepreneur (you!) will need to:

  • Answer questions regarding what they are looking for in a Host Entrepreneur, how this programme is beneficial to the individual, and information about their business or business idea (within 2000 words)
  • Prepare a CV
  • Letter of motivation
  • Prepare a business plan

Host Entrepreneurs wi​ll:

  • Either own/manage a small or medium enterprise OR be directly involved with entrepreneurship at SME board level
  • Have at least 3 years experience

Why you should join!

This is an opportunity for both new entrepreneurs and host entrepreneurs who would act as mentors. It allows young entrepreneurs the opportunity to work alongside and shadow experienced entrepreneurs who are working on a project that is similar to their own. This allows young entrepreneurs to acquire new skills and gain knowledge from their mentors about their specific projects. This is a great networking opportunity as well as individuals travel abroad to study with mentors, while individuals will gain international contacts, they will also be introduced to new European markets.

Success Stories

Cultivini

New entrepreneur:
Anett Turóczi (Hungary)

Sector of activity: Food, beverages, tobacco and related products

Host entrepreneur:
Celestino Gaspari (Italy)
Sector of activity: Food, beverages, tobacco and related products

"The experience and knowledge I acquired in the wine making process thanks to my host - including programming and tasting selling marketing and relationship building- is invaluable for my future business." - Anett Turóczi

NostraEnergy

New entrepreneur:
Laura Gomez Rodríguez (Spain)
Sector of activity: Energy, fuel, electricity and other sources of energy

Host entrepreneur:
Antonio Ciccarelli (Italy)
Sector of activity: Energy, fuel, electricity and other sources of energy

"Laura notably needed management skills and insights into the internationalization process of NostraEnergy. Reaching the Italian market was actually her goal.​"

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