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Government support for entrepreneurs

Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs

This information is provided by Netherlands Enterprise Agency

As a young entrepreneur, either experienced or just starting, you may be eligible for the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs programme.

The Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs programmeExternal link helps starting entrepreneurs gain the skills they need to start a small company in Europe and run it successfully. It's an opportunity for new and experienced entrepreneurs exchange business ideas and knowledge.

Starting entrepreneurs are given the chance to work between 1 and 6 months for a company in another EU country. You will receive a contribution from the European Commission towards the costs. This sum will vary depending on the country taking part.

Experienced entrepreneurs will train a foreign starting entrepreneur for between 1 and 6 months at no extra cost to them. In return, the young entrepreneur will support your business activities such as marketing/sales, market research or R&D.

When do you qualify?

Starting entrepreneur:

  • You have advanced plans for setting up your own business;
  • You started your own business in the past 3 years;
  • You are a permanent resident in one of the participating countries.

Experienced entrepreneur:

  • You are the owner-manager of an SME or directly involved in the enterprise on an executive level;
  • You have owned your company for at least 3 years;
  • You are willing to share your knowledge and experience with the young entrepreneur and act as a supervisor;
  • You are a permanent resident in one of the participating countries.

How to apply?

You apply for this programme via the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs Programme's websiteExternal link (in Dutch).

Any further questions?

Please contact the Netherlands Enterprise Agency

+31 (0)88 602 44 44

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency