This project runs under the EU programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium Enterprises (COSME), which includes the mobility of new entrepreneurs among the Actions to Promote Entrepreneurship. Since entrepreneurs and their new businesses are thought to be a key to European growth and competitiveness, promotion of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial culture has been included as one of the four main objectives of COSME.

In this framework “ERASMUS-NET” project aims to help New Entrepreneurs (NE) from Cantabria (Spain), Crete (Greece), South West Region in Ireland, Podravska (Slovenia), Centre (Portugal) and Lombardy (Italy) enriching their experience, deepening their knowledge and expanding their network by spending periods in enterprises managed by experienced entrepreneurs from other countries (Host Entrepreneurs). Thus, the overall objective is to contribute to enhance entrepreneurship, improve the international competitiveness of European SMEs and support potential start-ups and newly-established SMEs in the participating countries.

The partnership is composed by 6 members, with SODERCAN from Cantabria (SPAIN) as the leader of the Project. The other partners are: Cork County Council (IRELAND), Maribor Development Agency (SLOVENIA), Centro de Inovação Empresarial da Beira Interior (PORTUGAL), Città Metropolitana di Milano (Metropolitan City of Milan), and Managing Company of the Science and Technology Park of Crete SA. STEP-C EDAP SA.

The consortium of ERASMUS-NET cooperates with all organisations and authorities involved in the Programme (and other relevant organizations from each participating regions), to involve 180 entrepreneurs in successful relationships, 90 New Entrepreneurs (NEs) and 90 Host Entrepreneurs (HEs). Each partner will provide 15 matchings between NEs and HEs.

Start date: March 1, 2016
Budget: € 583,379

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