Success stories

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



New entrepreneur:
Margarita Murillo (Spain)

Company name: (Start-up)
Sector of activity: Education and training services




Host entrepreneur:
Ana Bela Cabral (Portugal)

Company name: Gabinete ABC
Sector of activity: Education and training services



Period of exchange: 04/2011 until 06/2011
Duration of exchange: 3 months



Hosting a new entrepreneur helped my business to expand


Ana Bela Cabral developed a passion for foreign languages at a young age. After graduating in Translation and Interpretation she worked as a freelance conference interpreter and decided to quit the job after two years to launch her own startup in 1996.
  
She solicited most of the business herself and since then Gabinete ABC (the initials of Ana Bela Cabral) has grown and now works with 3 members of staff and 60 freelance translators and interpreters across Europe and around the world.
  
In 2011 Spanish newly-established entrepreneur Margarita Murillo was looking for a business mentor and came across Gabinete ABC. By that time the events service created in 1997 needed to be rethought and Margarita had the  profile for this challenge. Ana Bela took the opportunity and agreed on the business cooperation.


The duo worked together during for months. Gabinete ABC significantly benefited from the competences and expertise in communication offered by Margarita who among others tasks provided training organised workshops and conferences created a new protocol service and managed to expand the business to Spain.   
 
"Working with a competent entrepreneur from a different country was the helping hand my business needed to restructure the events service.” said Ana Bela.
                      


Two years after the exchange both entrepreneurs who became friends in the meantime still work together on different projects and marketing campaigns including the animation of blogs and social media.
 
"The Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs programme brought a new perspective to my business. Not only did my business benefit from the experience but I made a good friend too”.
 
Today Gabinete ABC offers a wide range of service related to the organisation of Scientific Institutional and Protocol Events expansion of the business to Spain via social media.



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

New entrepreneur's contact point:
SOCIEDADE PARA A PROMOCIÓN DE INICIATIVAS EMPRESARIAIS INNOVADORAS, S.L. (Santiago De Compostela)

Host entrepreneur's contact point:
Associação Spinpark - Centro de Incubação de Base Tecnologica (Guimaraes)

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