Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs

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1 click, unlimited entrepreneurial opportunities throughout Europe*!

Local Enterprise Office Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown invites you to participate in the 'Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs' (EYE) initiative. This innovative business support programme enables a new entrepreneur to exchange skills, knowledge and contacts with the owner of a more established host enterprise in another European Union member state. 'Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs' is financed by the European Commission and has been operating successfully since 2009. It is open to business owners aged 18-65!

* Eligible Countries: 28 European Member States, Liechtenstein, Norway, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Iceland, Montenegro, Turkey, Albania, Serbia and Israel.

Opportunties for New Entrepreneurs - How it Works

Are you an early-stage entrepreneur? Would you like to spend between 1 and 6 months learning new skills and making fresh contacts while working in another EU country as a participant on a grant-funded placement programme?

If you are aged between 18 and 65 years of age, living in Ireland, and are planning to set up your own business or have already started a business within the last 3 years, you may be eligble to participate as a 'New Entrepreneur'. Grant Payments of up to €1,100 per month are available to support your placement. So whether it's Paris or London, Milan or Barcelona, let us know your preferred destination and sector and work to find a host business for you! Table of Grant Aid Available (By Country)

Opportunties for Host Entrepreneurs - How it Works

Are you an established small business? Would you like your enterprise to benefit from hosting and working with a talented entrepreneur from another EU country for a period of between 1 and 6 months?

If you have owned or managed a mircoenterprise or SME for at least 3 years, may are likely to be elgiible to particiapte as a 'Host Entrepreneur'. You can search a database for a skilled entrepreneur who can add value to your business for the duration of their stay and help you open up opportunities in their home market. The entrepreneur receives a monthly subsidy from the EU to part-fund their travel and accommodation costs. Critically, there is no participation cost to you as a Host business.

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To date, our Enterprise Office has successfully placed over 30 Irish entrepreneurs in the EYE programme.
Call us if you would like to be put in touch with the businesses and entrepreneurs who have benefitted from participating. In 2017, we have funding available to support even more New Entrepreneurs throughout Ireland.
If you'd like to find out more about how EYE can help you and your business plans, let us know.

Download EYE Information Flyer

Local Enterprise Office Dún Laoghaire Rathdown are not partaking in this programme after January 2018. Should you be interested in Participating in the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs Programme 

Contact:  Dublin Chamber at the web-site link here or phone (01) 644 7235