Connect-exchange of entrepreneurs between Europe and Brazil

14. November, 2014

about“Connect” second wave competition is now open! “Connect” is an entrepreneurship programme coordinated by EBN and targeted at European new entrepreneurs starting up businesses with the potential to grow internationally.

Selected entrepreneurs will embark on a fulfilling exchange scheme in Brazil, where they will have the opportunity to work alongside and learn from an experienced host entrepreneur, during a period of generally 3 months.
The stay will be partly financed by the European Commission.

Benefits for European new entrepreneurs

▪ Receive mentoring and guidance in a successful enterprise / incubator;
▪ Work alongside and learn from an experienced host entrepreneur;
▪ Strengthen sector-specific skills and develop self-confidence;
▪ Find new business partners, access new markets and speed-up the growth of the business internationally;
▪ Benefit from financial assistance to partly cover the costs of the stay;
▪ Accelerate the successful development of the startup or business idea.

“Connect” entrepreneurs benefit from different learning opportunities. They may be hosted either in a successful enterprise, shadowing the work of an experienced entrepreneur, or in a business incubator, connecting with other startups and potential partners – in partnership with Anprotec, the Brazilian Association of Science Parks and Business Incubators.

Programme dates

“Connect’s” first wave is underway. Sign up now for the second wave:
Deadline for submitting applications: 7 December 2014
Selection and matching: December 2014 – January 2015
Travelling period: February – June 2015 (generally 3 months)

What is “Connect”?
CONNECT promotes the exchange of new entrepreneurs between the Federative Republic of Brazil and Europe. It aims to support promising entrepreneurs and SMEs to grow and develop their international outlook and competitiveness, promoting an exchange of experience between Brazil and CIP participating countries and enhancing entrepreneurship overall.

“Connect” will select 50 highly motivated European new entrepreneurs to enroll in a business mobility scheme in Brazil. It will offer them the unique opportunity to collaborate and exchange knowledge with an experienced and successful host entrepreneur in Brazil, for a period of generally 3 months (minimum: 1 month; maximum: 6 months). The stay will be partly financed by the European Commission.

Find out more here