Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs


Hosting New Entrepreneurs in Bulgaria
1 place open for EU citizens every 6 months

Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs
Participating countries: EU member states and countries eligible in the program guide
Deadline for applications: ongoing

The European exchange programme for Entrepreneurs
Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs helps provide aspiring European entrepreneurs with the skills necessary to start and/or successfully run a small business in Europe. New entrepreneurs gather and exchange knowledge and business ideas with an experienced entrepreneur, with whom they stay and collaborate for a period of 1 to 6 months.

The stay is partly financed by the European Commission.

As a new entrepreneur, you will benefit from on-the-job training in a small or medium-sized enterprise in another Participating Country. This will ease the successful start of your business or strengthen your new enterprise. You can also benefit from access to new markets, international cooperation and potential possibilities for collaboration with business partners abroad.

As a host entrepreneur, you can benefit from fresh ideas from a motivated new entrepreneur on your business. He may have specialised skills or knowledge in an area you do not master, which could also complement yours. Most host entrepreneurs enjoyed the experience so much that they decide to host other new entrepreneurs afterwards.

It is really a win-win collaboration whereby both of you can also discover new European markets or business partners, different ways of doing business.

On the longer-term, you will benefit from wide networking opportunities, and, possibly, decide to continue your collaboration, possibly as long-term business partners (e.g. joint ventures, sub-contracting activities, contractor-supplier relationships, etc).

Read more here.

The programme has been available for more than 10 years – read more here.

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Important! Read carefully the information above, it contains important details.
This is business mobility program funded by the European Commission.
That requires commitment.
The program does NOT include cultural and touristic sightseeing.
Get to know all provided information in the info letter before you contact us.
Apply only when you know you want to participate and you have the dates of the training available.
General applications are disregarded.

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We organise international training course and exchanges, local grass-root activities and provide volunteering and internship placements.
In Smokinya Foundation key competences that can be obtained are:
– project writing and management
– NGO fundraising and development
– communication and coaching of youth
– event organising and management
– marketing and PR

Preferable skills:

  • Project writing (Erasmus+)
  • Project coordination and management (timelines, tasks, deliverables)
  • Communication skills (DISC model)
  • Cooperation and team work (following and leading)
  • Leadership and initiative (creating results)
  • Attention to details
  • Critical thinking
  • Openness to feedback
  • Willingness to learn
  • Ability to understand and follow instructions
  • Can-do attitude
  • Social media skills
  • Video shooting and editing considered an advantage
  • Team cooperation apps: Bitrix24, Slack, Trello, Slite, Gmail, G Calendar, G Drive
  • Computer literacy (using software)
  • Integrity (making clear agreement and follow up)
  • Solution oriented
    – Strong motivation and willingness to learn all above

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