Success stories

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



New entrepreneur:
Stefan Köppl (Austria)

Company name: Indiecampers (Start-up)
Sector of activity: Hotel, restaurant, tourism, travel services and wellness


 



Host entrepreneur:
Hans-Erhard Reiter (Portugal)

Company name: Croudcare S.A.
Sector of activity: Hotel, restaurant, tourism, travel services and wellness



Period of exchange: 12/2012 until 05/2013
Duration of exchange: 6 months



Taking the right opportunity when it comes along…

 

Stefan Köppl had a great job at a human resources consulting company in Austria but something was missing in his too comfortable life and it was…a challenge!

"I had a wonderful job in the perfect company with amazing colleagues but the biggest challenge for me was to get out of this comfortable life and simply do my own thing” said Stefan.

Shifting his life trajectory towards his personal passions was courageous and risky. Stefan had then to carefully calculate his decision to start a business.

He then thought of ‘Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs’ as a way to test his business idea. He put together a solid business plan and was selected in 2012 for a six-month exchange with Croudcare S.A. in Lisbon (Portugal). Initially Stefan Köppl wanted to build a business which would offer online consultancy services to newly-established entrepreneurs in Portugal and Austria.      



Yet during the exchange he soon realized that Portugal was offering great destinations that are very often inaccessible to tourists. The idea of a renting vans company to explore these regions came then to him!
 
Together with host entrepreneur Hans-Erhard Reiter they developed the business concept and with his friend and business partner Stefan founded Indiecampers.
 
The business offers a range of personalised campervans in Portugal (Porto and Lisbon) to give travellers the chance to visit less accessible regions of Portugal and Spain.
 
Used to road-test his business idea the programme brought Stefan a wealth of opportunities and more importantly positioned him in the right market niche.

"The Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs programme changed my life! My business idea completely changed and when the opportunity came along, I went for it!” said Stefan.



 



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

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

Host entrepreneur's contact point:
Universidade de Aveiro (Aveiro)

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