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Call: Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs

Acronym COSME
Type of Fund Action programme
Description of programme

COSME is the EU programme for the Competitiveness of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs).
COSME supports SMEs in the following areas:

  • Accessing finance
  • Opening markets
  • Supporting entrepreneurs
  • Improving business conditions
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Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs
Description of call
"Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs"

Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs is a mobility scheme that allows potential or newly established entrepreneurs to spend a period of time collaborating with an experienced entrepreneur in another participating country. 

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 (IO) 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 purpose of this call is to conclude 'Framework Partnership Agreements' (FPAs) for the period 2016-2021 (five years) to organisations to which specific grant agreements might be awarded in order to implement Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs (EYE) projects beyond the COSME programming period. To this end the Executive Agency for SMEs (EASME) will select consortia of Intermediary Organisations (IOs) to conclude long term framework partnerships in the form of FPAs. If the Agency decides to award a specific grant, it will propose the partners to conclude a ‘Specific Agreement (SGA)’. 

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Thematic Focus Employment & Labour Market, Mobility & Transport/Traffic
Funding area EU Member States
Albania / Shqipëria
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Iceland / Ísland
Montenegro / Crna Gora/Црна Гора
North Macedonia / Северна Македонија
Serbia / Сpбија
Turkey / Türkiye
Ukraine / Україна Oukraïna
Origin of Applicant EU Member States
Albania / Shqipëria
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Iceland / Ísland
Montenegro / Crna Gora/Црна Гора
North Macedonia / Северна Македонија
Serbia / Сpбија
Turkey / Türkiye
Ukraine / Україна Oukraïna
Eligible applicants Education and Training Centres, Federal State / Region / City / Municipality / Local Authority, Research Institution, Lobby Group / Professional Association / Trade Union, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, SMEs (between 10 and 249 employees), Microenterprises (fewer than 10 employees), Start Up Company, University, Enterprise (more than 250 employees or not defined), Public Services
Applicant details

Applicants can be public or private loegal entities whose core activity is in the field of business support.

Project Partner Yes
Project Partner Details
  • Applicants need to form consortia.
  • Consortia must be composed of minimum 5 and maximum 10 legal entities.
  • Consortium partners must come from at least 5 different COSME participating countries and maximum 2 partners can be from the same country in one consortium. 

It is not allowed that a partner participates in more than one proposal. Nevertheless, should this happen, the respective organisation will be excluded from all the proposals it applied. The respective consortia that will be affected by the exclusion of (a) partner(s) must still fulfil the eligibility criteria as stipulated in 6.1 and 6.2 in order to be considered eligible. 

Recurring Call Yes
Project duration max 24 months
Type of Funding Grants
Financial details

The grant reimburses up to 90 % of the action's eligible costs incurred by the beneficiaries (IOs). The EU contribution shall not exceed 75 % of the programme management costs of the IO but may be up to 100 % of the sum allocated by IOs to third parties (sub-grantee. i.e. new entrepreneurs) participating in a mobility action. 

The maximum grant amount per project will be 500 000 €.


Applicants are requested to go to and follow the procedure for submitting an application.


Questions about this call for proposals should be submitted only in writing by sending an e-mail to:


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