Enterprise Planet heads to Belgium to see how one entrepreneur has constructed a secure firm because of the abilities she learnt by way of a novel European alternate programme.
Belgium is a world chief relating to breeding and coaching horses. It was the rationale why Susanna Cremaschi, initially from Italy, got here moved right here. Having labored with horses for 15 years, she felt it was time to begin her personal firm. Nonetheless, to try this, she wanted extra technical expertise. By the Erasmus for Younger Entrepreneurs programme, she was capable of work with Frantz Ducci, an skilled horse breeder and coach.
“Because of this programme I’ve turn out to be higher acquainted with the traits of horse breeding and coaching right here in Belgium, that are very totally different from Italy, and I’ve improved my English and French lots,” she says.
A leg up in enterprise
The EYE programme helps newly established or aspiring entrepreneurs by matching them with skilled enterprise house owners. The aim is to groom them so that they have the appropriate abilities and know-how to run a high enterprise. However what concerning the host entrepreneur? What do they get out of the alternate?
“It has the potential to open up new markets overseas,” explains Frantz, including: “So, every thing Susanna learnt right here she will be able to share with future purchasers, together with her present purchasers, together with her contacts in Italy, who will really feel rather more comfy to come back and check out horses, and in flip enhance my enterprise potential.”
No sector or age limitation
The alternate permits new entrepreneurs to spend as much as six months with an SME out of the country. Crucially, there restrictions relating to sector or age. The main focus is entrepreneurial expertise not how outdated you’re. Since 2009, greater than 9000 enterprise partnerships have been created.
Marco Iacuitto is the Managing Director of the Belgian-Italian Chamber of Commerce, one of many many middleman organisations that assist to coordinate the alternate throughout Europe. He says the ambition now’s to take EYE’s success ahead by increasing the programme geographically.
“We’re going world, constructing on the success of the Erasmus for Younger Entrepreneurs programme. New entrepreneurs can now journey to Singapore, Israel and the US to discover the native entrepreneurial cultures of those international locations.”
Whereas these new locations are at present on maintain as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, it’s nonetheless potential to participate in an alternate, both by working remotely or travelling inside Europe.
“The programme is continuous and we’re supporting new entrepreneurs to ascertain distant exchanges with the host entrepreneur, higher put together their alternate, however nonetheless new entrepreneurs can journey to different European international locations so long as they respect the well being measures in place,” says Marco.
Since going it alone, Susanna’s enterprise has bought off to a flying begin. This yr she’s already offered three horses. So what suggestions do our respective entrepreneurs have for others considering of launching their very own firm?
“It’s about having a great marketing strategy, but in addition on the similar time having a superb capability to adapt, explains Susanna.
Frantz provides: ”Discover an entrepreneur who’s proactive of their discipline; take heed to the information and other people.”
Marco Iacuitto is the Managing Director on the Belgian-Italian Chamber of Commerce. Enterprise Planet spoke to him to search out out extra about what the Erasmus for Younger Entrepreneur programme entails.
What”s so distinctive about Erasmus for Younger Entrepreneurs and the way does it assist aspiring entrepreneurs?
“Erasmus for younger entrepreneurs, in my view, is so distinctive as a result of since 2009, it contributes to the event of a European entrepreneurial tradition. Any aspiring entrepreneurs can begin a collaboration from one as much as six months with skilled entrepreneurs in one of many European international locations collaborating within the programme. They will learn to run an organization. They will perceive the enterprise surroundings of the nation. They will obtain insights from their mentor on how you can broaden their community, their consumer community, and possibly they’ll additionally purchase a enterprise companion when the alternate is over. As well as, they obtain a month-to-month monetary assist from 500 to 1100 euros relying on the nation. And they’re supported by the middleman organisation, that’s to say, organisation which can be energetic within the enterprise growth.”
When you choose members, what are you on the lookout for precisely and the way do you match them with the host entrepreneur?
“For brand new and aspiring entrepreneurs it is rather essential the standard of the marketing strategy, of the enterprise concept or the challenge they’ve. However personally, I feel that additionally the motivation and dedication play an enormous function relating to the choice of members.”
And who’s eligible to participate on this programme?
Within the programme we welcome, on one facet, the brand new or aspiring entrepreneurs – that’s to say, candidates are firmly planning to begin their firm or have already got an organization inside three years. And on the opposite facet, we’ve the host entrepreneur – that’s to say, house owners or managers of small or medium sized firm with an expertise of greater than three years in operating the corporate. What is essential for the programme. There isn’t a limitation of age and enterprise sector.
And if I am concerned with participating within the programme, how can I discover out extra?
Quite simple. You have a look to the web site of the Erasmus for Younger Entrepreneur. You’ll find any helpful details about eligibility, participation, registration, and nonetheless, if you don’t discover all the data you’re trying to find, please contact an middleman organisation in your nation and you’ll be guided the entire process of the programme.
Erasmus for Younger Entrepreneurs is an EU cross-border programme facilitating the alternate of entrepreneurial and administration expertise.
The programme matches a newly established or potential entrepreneur with a well-experienced entrepreneur operating an SME out of the country.
The alternate is partially funded by the European Union beneath the COSME programme.
For the reason that begin of the programme, greater than 9.000 pairs of entrepreneurs have benefited from it.
The programme continues regardless of the coronavirus disaster and the travelling restrictions and might take type of distant teaching (on-line, cellphone).
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