Recent testimonies of successful business networking - Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs programme
Period of exchange: 01/2012 until 08/2012
Duration of exchange: 6 months
When entrepreneurs are on the same wave length…
Claudio Di Patria, a 30-year old would-be entrepreneur wanted to set up his own business of "Made in Italy” products in Hungary. He felt confident about the idea thanks to his extensive professional experience in the sector and knowledge of the Hungarian market. However, his competences of managing a business were inadequate; he notably had insufficient understanding of the business mechanisms and needed a real-life managerial experience before taking the final step. Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs seemed the perfect solution for him!
Motivated and self-confident about the competences he could offer, Claudio undertook some researches and rapidly got in touch with Giovanni D'Angelo owner of the "Caffè Gian Mario” bar in Budapest. This 44-year old experienced entrepreneur had started his business four years earlier and needed new ideas from a specialist to develop it further. Claudio's proposal was an opportunity that he could not miss as it exactly corresponded to his company's needs.
The business exchange started on 1 March 2012. Both entrepreneurs rapidly noticed that they were on the same professional wave length. During six months, Claudio and Giovanni worked together on organising and developing the "Caffè Gian Mario”. With his expertise in communication and marketing, Claudio set out a communication plan to achieve Giovanni's goals. From his side, Giovanni devoted his time, flexibility and efforts at the disposal of Claudio, to involve him in the day-to-day operations of the company as well as in the decisions that can determine a business' future.
Not only was the exchange successful for both entrepreneurs, but they are now planning to start a joint business...
The image of the "Caffè Gian Mario” bar has also been refreshed and its visibility has increased. This attracted new clients and boosted sales.
For more information, please contact the local contact points involved in the exchange:
New entrepreneur's contact point:
Tk Formazione Srl (Firenze)
Host entrepreneur's contact point:
Magyarországi Olasz Kereskedelmi Kamara (Budapest)
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