PROJECT STORIESTHE EYE PROJECT
THE EYE PROJECT
The EYE project – Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs – is a project funded within the Erasmus+ Program, in which I participated as a young entrepreneur.
Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs is a cross-border exchange program that offers new entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn from established professionals who manage small or medium-sized enterprises in another participating country. The exchange of experiences takes place during a period of work at the headquarters of the experienced entrepreneur, who helps the new entrepreneur to acquire the skills necessary to manage a small business. On the other hand, the host entrepreneur has the opportunity to consider their business from new points of view, collaborate with foreign partners and find out about new markets.
As I have already pointed out in this article, thanks to the Erasmus Project for Young Entrepreneurs, I was able to spend a total of six months at Cherry Pulp, a web agency based in Brussels. My experience began in August 2018. Specifically, I followed the development of Call Up, which is a platform designed to promote initiatives that start from citizens and create communities for the development of social innovation projects.
Elaboration and drafting part of the business plan, the marketing and digital marketing plan, as well as preparation of dossiers for the application of the Call Up project to national and regional calls in both Belgium and Europe.
August 2018 – January 2019
Overview of the situation
The Cherry Pulp company needed a professional to collaborate in the development of the Call Up social innovation project. This professional needed to have:
- Specific skills in the field of European planning, for the preparation of the project documentation required for Belgian regional and national calls and for the scouting of opportunities and collaborations at European level.
- Ability to work in an international team.
My work started with the preparation of presentation material for a project designed for two Belgian calls (one regional and one national). In addition, I also developed part of the marketing documentation to scout collaboration opportunities at the European level, as well as developing part of the marketing plan and digital marketing.
The specific activities that I was responsible for included:
- Preparation of the documentation and dossier required for applications to the calls for proposals.
- Preparation of material for participation in activities at the European level (i.e. scouting).
- Planning of the marketing and digital marketing activities.
The results of my work were positive: I helped to prepare useful materials for an innovative project in the field of social innovation, which promotes activities for the involvement of citizens on sensitive issues like social inclusion and respect for the environment.
The project started in August 2018 and ended in January 2019. The experience was positive as I was able to work in another country with an intercultural team (with Belgian and French colleagues), while also meeting various active organizations and institutions in the field of social innovation. I was also able to explore important issues for the future such as integration, climate change and the circular economy.