The Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg participates in the SME Open Day in Luxembourg

On November 28th, the Official Chamber of Commerce of Spain in Belgium and Luxembourg participated in SME Open Day: L’Europe au service des PME in Luxembourg during the European SME week. This annual initiative coordinated by the European Commission aims to highlight European SMEs by promoting entrepreneurship and helping to create a more favourable environment for small and medium enterprises. This year the different events of the campaign took place throughout Europe from November 25th to 29th.

To the event attended Mr. Lex Delles, Minister of Middle Classes and Tourism of Luxembourg, Sabrina Sagramola , Manager of Enterprise Europe Network-Luxembourg, and Giacomo Mattino, Head of Unit – Enterprise Europe Network and Internationalisation of SMEs – Directorate General for Growth (DG GROW), who highlighted the importance of the Erasmus program for young entrepreneurs as a tool to promote entrepreneurship.

The attendees to the event had the opportunity to learn more about the benefits of EYE at the Chamber’s stand. In addition, at the demo corner of the program attendees could share their questions with the program manager, Soraya Bravo, who highlighted the flexibility and ease of the program to register and participate and who invited the attendees to be part of the program.

Social entrepreneurs team up thanks to the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs

Riccardo Raffaele Bozano and André De Giorgi are two social entrepreneurs participating in the European program Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs (EYE) through the Chamber.

Riccardo Raffaele Bozano is the director of Ianus group, a consultancy group who supports innovative entrepreneurs, NGOs, public and private organizations to optimise resources and processes at disposal to maximise benefits and profits in line with the new global trends and needs. He is now working on the creation of an association to support children in Spain and in US.

André De Giorgi is an ambitious Portuguese entrepreneur who has the objective of launching his own football academy to help young adults, boys, girls with or without disabilities to be the best version of themselves. Few months ago, he decided to take part in the EYE program to put in practice all the knowledge he acquired in university.

They found each other through the platform of the program, and now their objective is to work together in Brussels in different projects, so André can better understand the different actors involved in the third sector. This exchange will also allow Riccardo to broaden his network in Europe and US and to get insights from the new entrepreneur.

The exchange between Riccardo and André will last 5 months. It will be an excellent opportunity for both entrepreneurs to share their experience, move forward with their projects and explore potential collaborations.

Work meeting of the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs programme

Last October 17th and 18th, the Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg participated in the 24th work meeting of the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs programme in Granada, where different contact points, the support office and several representatives of the European Commission had the chance to discuss during two days the progress and the future of the programme.

During the meeting, attendees got to know the good practices of other intermediary organizations, apart from testing their abilities trough the workshops to advertise the programme, put into contact different companies and develop working plans that will boost the cooperation between new entrepreneurs and experienced entrepreneurs.

During the second day, the Practice V consortium, where the Chamber is taking part in, organized a meeting where the achievements of the consortium where presented, apart from discussing the priority action lines for the next year.

Presentation of the EYE programme at the ForumOn of the Free University of Brussels

Last October 9th, the Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg participated in ForumOn, the job fair of the Université Libre of Brussels, introducing the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs programme.

The event was aimed at students, professors and entrepreneurs of the ULB. Both, students interested in entrepreneurship, and participating entrepreneurs at the fair, were able to get to know more in depth the benefits of the programme.

The Chamber presented the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs programme to the participants as an opportunity to test their business idea while doing an exchange in a European country with an experienced entrepreneur.

The Chamber collaborates actively with coworking spaces to promote the EYE program

On June 28, the Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg presented the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs (EYE) program in at the coworking space Molengeek, within its entrepreneurship marathon “This is Starta”.

During a month, 10 young people with a business idea received training and participated in activities and workshops on entrepreneurship. On the closing day of the marathon, the Chamber presented the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs program to the participants as an opportunity to test their business idea while doing an exchange in a European country with an experienced entrepreneur in their sector of interest.

Likewise, the participants also had the opportunity to pitch their projects and receive personalized comments.

Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs consortium meeting in Valencia

On the 29th and 30th of May, the Chamber participated in the consortium meeting for the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs (EYE) programme. This EC initiative that has been run by the Chamber for 3 years now has the objective to connect entrepreneurs across Europe and to promote the exchange of experiences among them.

The meeting took place in Valencia, city where the two leaders of the consortium are based. 15 partners representing the 10 institutions in the consortium attended the meeting. The event concluded with a dissemination session where future entrepreneurs and potential host entrepreneurs learned about the possibilities in each of the represented countries.

The chamber will be running the programme for 3 more years and this was an excellent opportunity to discuss the future strategy of the partners and the priority lines of actions. The Chamber has considerably increased its number of exchanges; since February 2019 it has managed nearly 15 exchanges between European entrepreneurs.

30/05 Presentation of the EYE programme at the Polytechnic University of Valencia

Next 30 of May the Chamber will be presenting the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs Programme (EYE) at the Polytechnic University of Valencia. The event will be oriented to entrepreneurs that want to learn fom experienced business owners or entrepreneurs interested in hosting a European entrepreneur in their companies.

The Chamber will outline the possibilities that Belgium offers to entrepreneurs and will also showcase the experienced entrepreneurs that are currently registered with the Chamber and that are willing to host new entrepreneurs.

To the event, organized by the Association of Young Business Owners of Valencia (AJEV) and Fundación Equipo Humano (FEH), will also attend different representatives from other European partners participating in the EYE programme who will also present the opportunities in each of their countries, namely, United Kingdom, Ireland, Slovakia, Serbia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Croatia and Spain.

We invite you to follow this link for further information.

The Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs supports cultural industries Brussels

Creative District is a hub of cultural industries based in Brussels, and one of the Spanish Chamber’s hosting companies within the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneur (EYE) programme. The initiative, financed by the European Commission, whose objective is to promote the exchange between entrepreneurs from different European countries.

Creative District was created in 2014 by Aurelie Rompler and Mulenga Royen. Five years later it has become the hub of creative and cultural industries and new media of Brussels. Since then, they have developed several lines of work inside the company: property management, training, coworking spaces, projects solutions and services, new media management and professional and cultural events. Developing a network of professional and artist to give a global solution to their clients.

Simone Lopez is a journalist and public relations with a wide experience marketing and social media. A few months ago, she decided to come to Brussels to develop her business idea, collaborate with an experienced entrepreneur and learn the different challenges that an event management company faces.

The Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs has given them the opportunity to pair up in this win-win collaboration whereby both have discovered new markets, business partners, and different ways of doing business.

¿A normal day at the office?

In the events management sector does not exist such a thing. Aurelie and Simone explain that every day is different, and workflows vary from one month to the other. For the first weeks, they worked on understanding each other’s work and ways of working.

This period was really fulfilling for them for this reason they think the EYE has been successfully personally and professionally.

Now they are immersed in the events period. They are organizing different events around the city: concerts, afterworks, launching albums events… but there is one they are especially excited about…an haute coiffure show.

Once the peak of work is over, Simone will help Aurelie with the marketing and communication strategy for Creative District, designing the website and promoting the company’s activities through social media and with the objective of increasing the visibility and the attraction of potential clients.

After the exchange

The Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs gave them the opportunity to meet but they both trust that they will keep in touch.

Aurelie thinks there is a space for the internationalization of Creative District in Spain.

After this experience in Belgium, Simone’s ambition is to come back to Spain and continue working on her conscious weddings company Boda Consciente. A new concept of weddings: simple, relaxed, without labels or protocols. “A soul ceremony organized in natural locations: beaches or forests in the region of Malaga”.

The EYE reinforced her ability to find the balance the client’s requirements and her know-how to organise the perfect event.

Discover more about the EYE.

Contact us to register in the programme. erasmus4youngentrepreneurs@e-camara.com

 

Matchmaking event in Brussels for startups and freelancers

On the 8th May the Chamber organized a matchmaking event in Brussels for startups and freelancers, where close to 45 participants had the opportunity to present their projects, network with other entrepreneurs and learn about different initiatives for entrepreneurs such as the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs programme.

The event kicked off with a presentation of the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs (EYE) programme, an EU funded initiative managed by the Chamber that allows new entrepreneurs to carry out a cross-border exchange with experienced entrepreneurs.

Each startup/entrepreneur had the opportunity to pitch in a few minutes their project or idea and what profiles they are looking for. The session followed by a speed networking between freelancers and entrepreneurs; both profiles had a limited time to explain in detail their projects and explore potential collaborations.

To close the event, all participants were invited to an open networking session to continue exchanging contacts. They were free to talk and discuss with anyone and take the discussion further ahead.

This event was organized in the framework of the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs programme.

Visit of a group of entrepreneurs from the European Business and Innovation Centre of Burgos

Last 7th of May the Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg received the visit of a group of entrepreneurs from the European Business and Innovation Centre (CEEI) of Burgos.

Marta González, Membership and Business Development Manager presented the activities and functions of the Chamber, highlighting the organization of events and the role of the Chamber as an actor for the dynamization of trade between the three countries.

Subsequently, Arturo Ibañez, Project Manager of the EYE programme (Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs) in the Chamber, explained this European programme, its benefits and the facilities that the Chamber offers to participate on it.

The students had also the opportunity to present their projects and receive feedback on the possibility to commercialize their products and services in Belgium and/or Luxembourg.