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IMPACT-Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs

IMPACT-Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs

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Summary of the project

The European exchange programme for Entrepreneurs

Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs is a cross-border exchange programme which gives new or aspiring entrepreneurs the chance to learn from experienced entrepreneurs running small businesses in other Participating Countries.

The exchange of experience takes place during a stay with the experienced entrepreneur, which helps the new entrepreneur acquire the skills needed to run a small firm. The host benefits from fresh perspectives on his/her business and gets the opportunities to cooperate with foreign partners or learn about new markets.

The stay abroad may vary between one and six months in total, and must be completed within an overall time span of twelve months. Within this time span, the stay may be divided into a number of shorter time slots (minimum one week per slot), which the new entrepreneur will spend abroad with the host entrepreneur.


– Facilitating business exchanges between new and experienced entrepreneurs;

– Up to six months on-the-job-training enabling a successful business start-up;

– Exchanging experience and knowledge about obstacles and challenges when starting and developing businesses;

– Enhancing market access and identifying potential partners for new and established businesses in other European countries;

– Networking by building on knowledge and experience from other European countries.

Who can participate?

  • New entrepreneurs, firmly planning to set up their own business or have already started one within the last three years
  • Experienced entrepreneurs who own or manage a Small or Medium-Sized Enterprise in one of the Participating Countries

Learn more here!

IMPACT project, of the 12th EYE Programme Cycle, aims at stimulating entrepreneurship and encouraging cross-border cooperation and trade in Europe. The project will provide startup entrepreneurs and would-be entrepreneurs opportunities to gain invaluable competences and perspectives through the learning from an experienced entrepreneur in another country that would be very beneficial during their business startup phase. On the other hand, the project will enable the host entrepreneurs to benefit from the new ideas, fresh entrepreneurial spirit, different perspective that NEs bring, as well as to get valuable insights about their home market and culture.

IMPACT will to enhance entrepreneurship, develop the international outlook and competitiveness of European SMEs and foster potential start-up entrepreneurs and newly-established micro and small enterprises in the Participating Countries and therefore contribute to the objectives of the call by establishing partnership relationships and personal contacts with New and Host Entrepreneurs (NEs, HEs); by facilitating the communication and effective cooperation between Consortium Partners and Intermediary Organization (IO), active promotion of the EYE program and careful selection and matchmaking of HEs and NEs. This ultimately will enable an experience sharing between HEs and NEs, access to local and international startup networks, access to new business opportunities and expert knowledge, coaching and support to entrepreneurs and help European entrepreneurs enrich their experiences, through learning and networking, and by spending periods of time in enterprises run by experienced entrepreneurs in other countries. Thus, this proposal is in line with the main goal of the COSME Programme: promotion of growth and strengthening of the competitiveness and sustainability of enterprises across Europe, and with the general objective of the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs program and aims to contribute to ‘creation of an environment in which entrepreneurs can thrive and entrepreneurship is rewarded’.

The main objective for IMPACT is to facilitate a successful start and development of business ideas of startups; foster international business cooperation by sharing experience and information between entrepreneurs and enhance foreign market access for newly established and experienced entrepreneurs, contributing to the development of European startup ecosystem.

Our Lifelong Learning Center KAINOTOMIA participates in the consortium of IMPACT project as an Intermediary Organisation. We will be your main contact throughout the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs programme and we will guide you throughout your exchange: help you with your application, help you establish a successful relationship with a suitable entrepreneur as well as providing you with all the answers to your questions.

You may be offered the opportunity to participate in an induction course to prepare you for your exchange.

Your local contact point will assess your application process. Once accepted, you will be able to search for an entrepreneur. A host entrepreneur’s local contact point will also offer local assistance to visiting new entrepreneurs during their stay.

Find out more about the programme and its objectives here!

Apply to the programme here and choose KAINOTOMIA & SIA EE as your Intermediary Organisation (IO) !

The Partnership

LCC ‘CIVITTA’ – Coordinator – Kyiv,Ukraine

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CIVITTA (Ukraine) is the leading management consulting firm in the region, whose founders are entrepreneurs. Innovation and entrepreneurship support is one of the core activities of the company. Since its establishment CIVITTA is actively involved in start up consulting, entrepreneurship support programmes development contributing to the development of entrepreneurial ecosystem in Ukraine.

Stefan cel mare University of  Suceava– partner, Suceava, Romania

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University Stefan cel Mare of Suceava, Romania (USV) intensively promotes entrepreneurial behaviour of undergraduates and graduates in the context of regional market development. USV is among the top Romanian entrepreneurial universities that involve a large number of students in start-up projects.

Ke.Di.Vi.M2 KAINOTOMIA – partner, Larisa, Greece

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KAINOTOMIA provides business consultancy to companies & supporting services and consulting support services to trainees to facilitate their (re) entrance into the labour market. KAINOTOMIA has participated in several national projects, offering a high degree of expertise regarding training in contemporary fields, matching them with those that have a high demand in job’s market, in order to develop trainees’ knowledge, skills and attitudes towards their integration in the labour market.KAINOTOMIA has been participating in co funded national projects under the name of “local development plans and entrepreneurship for unemployed based on specific local needs and growth potential”.

Chamber of Commerce of Navara – partner, Pamplona, Spain

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Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Navarre (Spain) is a corporation under public law, and therefore provides services of general interest to the companies located in the region of Navarre, contributing to the positioning of the Navarre’s companies and institutions in the global economy, improving their competitiveness and progress. The Chamber has a crew of 22 people at its headquarters in Navarra.

eCampus University – partner, Novedrate Co, Italy

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eCampus University has branches in 6 Italian Cities and a residential campus in the former IBM centre in Novedrate (near to Milan and Lake Como). It employs as a permanent academic staff more than 250 people, including full-, associate- and assistant professors and teaching assistants. The academic offer meets the demand for specialist expertise, taking account of the most recent technical-scientific developments and, at the same time, of the basic requirements of the socioeconomic system. Thanks to its experience within projects, eCampus will contribute to the management and coordination of the project and consortium through the Smartdesk (Research and International Projects Office). eCampus has contacts with companies from all over Italy and cooperates in Research & Development activities with companies, having also strong networks with institutions and business associations of the whole country.

Crosspring Lab BV – partner, Zoetermeer, Netherlands

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Crosspring (Netherlands) is a tech incubator with offices in Amsterdam and Zoetermeer, and offers a hands-on and tailor-made incubation program, lasting 18 months. The program offers a complete set of skills and knowledge to help companies develop from an early stage into a selfsustaining private company. Furthermore, Crosspring’s widely spread national and international network allow start-ups to get in touch with the right people at the right moment, thereby facilitating international expansion. Besides offering business support, the most important element, that company has in its portfolio companies and people in the network, is connections. It has built a very strong international network and have been able to support start-ups by making connections between people. The company can build on this network and utilise it for the EYE program as well.

Radartech – partner, Kyiv, Ukraine

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RadarTeck helps startups, corporates and ecosystems to identify their way to grow and innovate. It provides to its customers affordable and easy ways to launch innovations and support talent development inside the organization.Some of them are:Innovation Strategy workshop, Design Thinking workshop, Lean Startup workshop, Agile workshop, Startup engagement.

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