Success stories

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

New entrepreneur:
Nicolai Erbs (Germany)
Age: 31
Company name: Privalino / and (Start-up)
Sector of activity: Research and development equipment & services

There is no better way to start a business than to discuss ideas, create prototypes and test it with users. Erasmus for Entrepreneurs and Worpcloud have given me the change to do all this, while at the same time getting to know another country.

Host entrepreneur:
Bamborde Balde (United Kingdom)
Age: 32
Company name: WORPCLOUD LTD / (6 years of experience)
Sector of activity: IT, office and communication equipment, services and supplies

It's great to host new entrepreneurs with different backgrounds from across Europe. Everyone brings in new ideas to tackle our daily challenges. Its like seeing with a second pair of eyes. Nicolai brought a very valuable expertise to us in respect to AI/Data Science field that really helped our team.

Period of exchange: 05/2016 until 07/2016
Duration of exchange: 3 months

Web developer Nicolai Erbs knows that children, and particularly teens, love chatting on internet with other kids over the world. Yet, he is also well aware that these chat rooms are not without danger for unsupervised kids due to the anonymity of Internet. A criminal pretending to be another kid could be dangerous and could be luring the child into a meeting that can lead to sexual assault.

Protecting children from cyber-crimes is therefore the mission of Nicolai Erbs who, together with two of his friends, founded ‘Privalino’ in Hanover, Germany. The business offers child protection systems against internet crimes.

Nicolai, who is web developer, and his team work is to monitor suspicious conversations held between children and other people to identify any potential predator. If the suspicion is confirmed, the child and his/her parents are informed.

 Yet, though Nicolai is skilled and competent in his field, being in the early stage of his business, he nonetheless wanted a helpful hand from an experienced entrepreneur to learn about the management of a small business.

Thanks to Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs programme he got in touch with Bamborde Balde, owner of WORPCLOUD LTD, in Liverpool, United Kingdom. WORPCLOUD offers technical services including mobile apps and advanced web apps development. The company is also very international and Nicolai wanted to be in a multicultural environment.

During the three-month exchange, Nicolai worked with Bamborde on ‘Torafugu’ project. Together they developed a software and algorithms to use in primary care medicine. Nicolai notably developed the algorithms to predict the health risks based on the patient’s lifestyle.

The exchange turned out to be a great success for both entrepreneurs as it offered the possibility to look into other companies’ business models, as well as confront new ideas from different perspectives.

‘Before taking part in the exchange, I thought that to be a successful entrepreneur, a good idea and a good product were sufficient and that entrepreneurship was a needle in a haystack.’ ‘Now I realise, that there are not ideas in a haystack – there’s just hay’. 'It requires a lot of work to create ideas and to refine them. Even a working prototype is anything but a guarantee for success’ says Nicolai.

Creating ideas, refining them and developing prototypes have now become Nicolai’s second nature! Nicolai is also very excited to apply his new knowledge to his project. To succeed, he can count on his mentor, as they remained in touch and are planning to continue the collaboration together.

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

New entrepreneur's contact point:
inter.research Institut für interdisziplinäre Forschung e.V. (Fulda)

Host entrepreneur's contact point:
The Nottingham Trent University (Nottingham)

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