Some of us will spend the Christmas week planning our holiday on the continent for 2013. But if you are a “new and/or aspiring entrepreneur” locally, you could get finance to visit a successful business in another European country, courtesy of the EU programme Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs. The “young” seems to mean either “at heart” or is possibly a translation of euro-speak for “new”, there doesn’t seem to be an age limit.
The press release from Nottingham Trent, who are local facilitators through their Hive programme, goes on to say:
The Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs programme is designed to help the new entrepreneur acquire the skills needed to run a small firm, while the host benefits from fresh perspectives on their business and the opportunity to cooperate with foreign partners or learn about new markets…
The visit, between one and six months, is financed by the European Commission and entrepreneurs can apply through The Hive, Nottingham Trent University’s Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise…
To be considered for the programme, new entrepreneurs must be planning to start a business based on a viable business plan or have started their own business within the last three years. Each application has to be formally accepted by The Hive, and the applicant must be acceptable to the host entrepreneur and vice versa.
There is more, official, information on the website for the Erasmus programme, in English, and there is an online application process.
This is just one of the pan-European initiatives that Nottingham Trent is involved with. They are a part of the Organza programme for creative industries in medium size cities – you can read their reports which might be helpful background for your application. And of course Nottingham’s Creative Twinning initiative is going from strength to strength – read our recent three part series here, here, and here.
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