How does the
exchange process work?
The process comprises the following four phases:
Whether you are a new or experienced entrepreneur, you can participate by applying via the online registration tool. At this stage, you will also need
to contact an intermediary organisation
of your choice. This local contact
point will be responsible for verifying your application, and if all
requirements are met, accepting it.
Once your application has been accepted, you will have access to an on-line
database of new and host entrepreneurs also participating in the programme. To
find a suitable partner for the exchange, you can make up to 5 proposals from
this database. Your local contact point is responsible for facilitating contact
between entrepreneurs and they will help you look for a partner.
3. Commitment and preparation
The parties involved
(i.e. new entrepreneur, host entrepreneur and their responsible local contact
points) draft a "Commitment to Quality” consisting of a description of the
work/learning project, objectives, tasks, responsibilities, deliverables, financial
conditions and legal implications of the exchange. The local contact points
also organise activities such as trainings to prepare the new entrepreneur for
4. Implementation phase
You complete the exchange, in one or more time slots in accordance to your
needs (see below) and will be asked to fill an online feedback questionnaire at the end. The responsible local
contact points will monitor the quality of the exchange on a regular basis and will evaluate the
Length of the cross-border
The stay abroad may vary between one
and six months in total, and must be completed within an overall time span of
twelve months. Within this time span, the stay may be divided into a number of
shorter time slots (minimum one week per slot), which the new entrepreneur will
spend abroad with the host entrepreneur.