Success stories

Recent testimonies of successful business networking - Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs programme

New entrepreneur:
Silvio Kunze (Germany)
Age: 27
Company name: Kunze-Media (Start-up)
Sector of activity: IT, office and communication equipment, services and supplies

Having an insight into the day-to-day activities of more experienced entrepreneurs is a true eye-opener!

Host entrepreneur:
Lydia Schalm (Austria)
Age: 38
Company name: Mediazen Consulting (10 years of experience)
Sector of activity: Advertising,Promotion, Media

The exchange offers the unique opportunity to work with somebody from another country. We are now hoping to build a working relationship for the next 5 years.

Period of exchange: 08/2009 until 09/2009
Duration of exchange: one month and a half

With numerous years of experience in running a management consulting company called Mediazen Consulting, Lydia Schalm was excited at the prospect of sharing her entrepreneurial knowledge. After reading up about the programme, Silvio, owner of newly established Kunze-Media, jumped at the occasion of participating in the programme and, in August 2009, he joined Lydia in Austria for a two-month exchange. Both entrepreneurs were very much looking forward to sharing ideas and learning from each other.

Silvio was very active within Mediazen Consulting, meeting up with international clients to discuss partnership possibilities. The German businessman recommended installing a new software and helped Lydia promote her company on the internet, thanks to the growing advantages of social media.

Lydia and Silvio organised workshops to share their experiences, bringing together new business associates both from Germany and Austria.
As for Lydia, the exchange was equally beneficial on technical grounds thanks to the new computer specialist, Silvio. Today, both entrepreneurs have established a sustainable and transnational cooperation between their businesses.

For more information, please contact the local contact points involved in the exchange:

New entrepreneur's contact point:
IHK-Projektgesellschaft mbH (Frankfurt/oder)

Host entrepreneur's contact point:
Wirtschaftskammer Österreich ( Austrian Federal Economic Chamber) Junge Wirtschaft (Junior Chamber Austria) (Wien)

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