Erasmus for Social Entrepreneurs
As lead partner of this EU-funded programme, we develop social enterprise in Europe by bringing together aspiring and experienced social entrepreneurs to learn from each other.
- 9 consortium partners from 8 countries
- 6 years’ track record
- More than 200 international exchanges for social entrepreneurs and NGO leaders
About the programme
Through our flagship programme Social Entrepreneur Exchange and Development (SEEDplus) (part of the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs programme), we lead the longest-running consortium dedicated to developing social entrepreneurship across Europe.
The programme supports aspiring social entrepreneurs to connect and learn from their experienced counterparts in another participating country.
With partners in Estonia, Germany, Bulgaria, Spain, France, Greece and Portugal, we are building the new generation of social entrepreneurs through European peer learning.
Get first-hand practical experience & advice
We will give you the opportunity to spend 1-6 months in another European country to collaborate and job-shadow another social entrepreneur.
For “new entrepreneurs” (NEs), this is a great opportunity to learn from the best and fine-tune their business case. For “host entrepreneurs” (HEs), this is a unique chance to get a fresh perspective, gain access to international markets and help social enterprise grow in Europe.
Your exchange will be funded thanks to a grant from the European Commission.
Please note that as of 1 April 2019, Euclid Network will be fully operating from The Hague, Netherlands. Hence, any UK-based applicant wishing to take part in the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs (EYE) with us after 31 January 2018 (date of closure of the current EYE funding cycle), would have to apply with another local contact point in the UK. You can find the list here.
Additionally, please be aware that eligibility criteria must be complied with for the entire duration of the grant. If the United Kingdom withdraws from the EU during the grant period without concluding an agreement with the EU, ensuring in particular that UK applicants continue to be eligible, any (a) new entrepreneur coming from the UK, or (b) entrepreneur on an exchange with a UK-based host entrepreneur, will cease to receive EU funding and will be required to leave the project.
“Monica joined us as a young aspiring social entrepreneur who needed to understand the world of business first. Over time, I noticed how her business confidence and entrepreneurial skills were improving week after week, which is the main reason why I am happy to mentor and work with young people like her.”
Stephen Page, a host entrepreneur from the STARTUP FUNDING CLUB in London, who hosted Monica Juen Huguet from Spain for 5 months
“Lenka, our NE, came from a photography background and wanted to learn video skills so she could help train people as part of her business. She was a good fit for us because what we do is exactly what she wanted her business to be in the future.”
Awad Bhenick, host entrepreneur from Blue Sky Media in the UK, on Lenka Kominkova, a new entrepreneur from the Czech Republic.
Do you have a new social business idea which needs to be put to the test? Are you an experienced entrepreneur keen to learn from others by supporting international exchanges?
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