Success stories

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

New entrepreneur:
Mario Izquierdo Martínez (Spain)
Age: 25
Company name: Engade Entertainment (Start-up)
Sector of activity: IT, office and communication equipment, services and supplies

Nowadays, web applications accessible on the Internet have a global range of customers, so the exchange was a very good insight into other cultures, allowing me to think big while running a small business.

Host entrepreneur:
Stefan Fountain (Netherlands)
Age: 30
Company name: Soocial (10 years of experience)
Sector of activity: IT, office and communication equipment, services and supplies

The Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs exchange programme was a great way to welcome a hungry-for-knowledge entrepreneur in our team. The experience was great. Mario was instantly part of our team and left us with a good legacy of research we would not have been able to have without him.

Period of exchange: 01/2009 until 01/2009
Duration of exchange:

Mario was looking forward to meeting up with Stefan and gaining invaluable experience regarding internet company development methodologies in a high-tech software firm. Stefan’s company, Soocial, offers sync-in solution, backups and automatic updates of your address book. Stefan taught Mario the product-market model for a small internet business operating on low-budget/maximum effect with the help of Google Adwords and SEO (Search Engine Optimization). Mario made use of his skills and ideas in order to improve his host company in the short term with the help of a well defined project.

On site, Stefan helped Mario research and create technical engine search keywords, writing Google AdWords as well as designing and creating landing pages for SEO and AdWords. Mario equally wrote up reports about the progress of Stefan’s company.

Thanks to the exchange, Stefan and Mario both set up and implemented 6 online campaigns and created 6 good SEO landing pages with high Google quality score. Both entrepreneurs equally implemented AdWords successfully. In the future, both entrepreneurs hope to set up a business relationship.

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

New entrepreneur's contact point:
Fundación Universidade da Coruña (A Coruña)

Host entrepreneur's contact point:
Scholten Consultancy (Breda)

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