Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs 2016 COS-EYE-FPA-2016-4-01 Closed!


The general  objective of  the  Erasmus  for  Young  Entrepreneurs  (EYE)  programme  is  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 COSME Participating Countries

The specific objectives are:

  1. To provide on-the-job-training for new entrepreneurs with established host entrepreneurs in small  and  medium-sized  enterprises  elsewhere  in  the COSME Participating  Countries  in  order  to facilitate a successful start-up, and development of their business ideas;
  2. To foster sharing of experience and information between entrepreneurs on the obstacles and challenges of starting up and developing their businesses;
  3. To  enhance  market  access  and  identification  of  potential  partners  for  new  and  established businesses in other EU and COSME Participating Countries;
  4. To   support   networking   between   entrepreneurs   from   different COSME Participating Countries by building on knowledge and experience from other COSME Participating Countries.
  5. .The  Intermediary  Organisations  will  aspire high  quality  standards  so  as  to  deliver  the  following expected output for this call for proposals:
    • Further develop a network of new entrepreneurs (NEs), host entrepreneurs (HEs) and Intermediary Organisations (IOs)
    • Enabling new entrepreneurs to work alongside and learn from a host entrepreneur in another COSME Participating Country.
    • Create new businesses, joint ventures and spin-off companies and foster cross-border  business cooperation
    • Enhancing the international activities and innovation potential of host entrepreneurs

The aim of this call is to select transnational consortia for long-term partnerships (2016-2021) in order to expand and strengthen the existing network of Intermediary Organisations (IOs) which act as local contact points for newly established entrepreneurs as well as experienced entrepreneurs in the participating countries. Successful applicants will be awarded Framework Partnership Agreements (FPA).

The IOs' core activity should be business support. IOs will, in particular, recruit and assist the entrepreneurs who will benefit from the programme.


This call will therefore support actions for organisations enhancing and facilitating the mobility of new entrepreneurs, and is not intended for entrepreneurs willing to participate in the programme. New entrepreneurs willing to participate in the programme will be supported directly by the selected IOs.

In  order  to  achieve  the  objectives the  IOs  will  engage  in  the below  mentioned activities that will be implemented via specific agreements:

  1. Promotion of the programme
  2. Enrolment of entrepreneurs
  3. Assessing applications from NEs and HEs
  4. Building relationships
  5. Management of grants, commitments and financial support to new entrepreneurs
  6. Preparation of the exchange
  7. Follow up of the exchange
  8. Management, quality control and evaluation
  9. Active networking
  10. Reporting

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the call for proposals is:

  • 24,00 Million EUR (Orientation of the budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 05 April 2016 - 5 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

Organisations eligible to participate

Opened to the following bodies or institutes with legal status established in the covered areas:

  • Any legal organisation

Covered areas

Bodies or institutes must have their registered legal seat in one of the countries taking part in the Programme which are:

  • European Union (EU)

Directorate-Generale responsible

Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry

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