European Exchange Program for Young Entrepreneurs

November 2, 2023

European Exchange Program for Young Entrepreneurs

Erasmus for young entrepreneurs is a cross-border exchange program that 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 the stay with the experienced entrepreneur, which helps the new entrepreneur to acquire the skills needed to run a small firm. The host benefits from new perspectives on his/her business and has opportunities to cooperate with foreign partners or learn about new markets.

Ankara Development Agency is an intermediary organization in the GYMNASIUM PLUS consortium, which is led by the Trade union of the Chamber of Commerce of Veneto Region (Italy) with the participation of 7 partners from Italy, Belgium, Spain, Germany, Slovenia and Turkey.

Who can participate?

  • Entrepreneurs who are seriously considering opening their own business or have opened their own business in the last three years (New Entrepreneurs)
  • Experienced entrepreneurs managing an SME in an EU country with more than 3 years of experience (Host 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.


For New Entrepreneurs: 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.

For Host Entrepreneurs: 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.

Program Application

To apply for the program:

When applying for the program, you can create your registration by specifying whether you are a new entrepreneur or a host entrepreneur. If ADA (Ankara Development Agency-Ankara Development Agency) is selected as the IO (Intermediary Organization) after this process and creating a profile, the applications will be reviewed by us and we will proceed the process together after this stage.

Program website for detailed information about the program:

To reach the Program Guide:,%20Update%20Mar%202023.pdf

Flyer  for New Entrepreneurs

Flyer for Host Entrepreneurs

If you have any additional questions about the program, you can contact us via