Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs at the European Youth Event

EYE 2014 was held at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France

EYE 2014 was held at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France

The European Youth Event (EYE 2014) brought together 5,000 Europeans aged 16-30 to exchange ideas on youth-related issues in Strasbourg, 9-11 May, 2014. It launched the 5th anniversary of Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs.

Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs, which celebrated its fifth anniversary at EYE 2014, is a cross-border exchange programme giving new or aspiring entrepreneurs the chance to learn from experienced entrepreneurs running small businesses in other participating countries.

EYE 2014 participants could choose from 200 activities overall. Under the theme of “Youth Unemployment” six of the workshops provided participants with advice to enable them to take part in practical scenarios.

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Workshops included:

  • Cannot find a job? Create your own! This session encouraged young people to use their entrepreneurial spirit
  • Business Challenge, a workshop organised with EuropeUnlimited and EBAN,  gave young people the chance to pitch their business idea to business experts and coaches
  • A “real life” stories discussion saw entrepreneurs who had changed their career and set up their own business discuss their experiences and the challenges they faced
  • A World Café-style collective discussion generated ideas based around the topic: ‘Tell the EU’ and focused on how we can work better together with young people on supporting entrepreneurship

Three winners of the Business Challenge will take active part in the SME Assembly. Enterprises, business organisations, the media, academia, the European Commission as well as national and regional governments will attend the Assembly, which takes place in Naples in October.

A success stories brochure confirms the tangible benefits of the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs programme for startups and growth phase SMEs. By 2020, COSME (Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises) funding will allow for 10,000 exchanges.

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