The Single Market Programme (SMP) covers the single market, competitiveness of enterprises, including small and medium-sized enterprises, the area of plants, animals, food and feed, and European statistics. Specifically, the programme brings together aspects in order to streamline, exploit synergies and provide a better flexible, transparent, simplified and agile framework to finance activities aiming at a well-functioning sustainable internal market.
The general objective of the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs programme is to enhance entrepreneurship, develop the international outlook and competitiveness of European SMEs and foster potential start-up entrepreneurs and newly-established micro and small enterprises in the Participating Countries.
The purpose of this call for proposals is to select Intermediary Organisations (IOs) to implement the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs programme at local level. They will, in particular, recruit the entrepreneurs and assist them to benefit from the programme. This call for proposals will therefore support actions of organisations enhancing and facilitating the exchanges of new with host entrepreneurs.
Proposals must aim at achieving all of the following specific objectives:
Under this call, proposals with different scope of targets can be submitted:
Large projects requesting a grant between € 2,000,000 and € 4,000,000 will be considered complying with the call requirements. Small projects requesting a grant up to € 2,000,000 will be considered complying with the call requirements. At least 50% of the estimated total budget must be reserved for financial support to third parties, i.e. new entrepreneurs, for both types of projects.
The call is expected to fund around 10-15 projects: around 7 to 8 large and 5 to 6 small projects.
The costs will be reimbursed at the funding rate fixed in the Grant Agreement (100% for the costs for providing financial support to third parties, i.e. new entrepreneurs, and 75% for all other costs categories).
In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must be legal entities (public or private bodies), established in an EU Member State (including overseas countries and territories) or listed EEA countries and countries associated to the Competitiveness and SMEs part of the Single Market Programme (associated countries) or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature.
Proposals must be submitted by a consortium composed of applicants (beneficiaries; not affiliated entities), which complies with the following conditions: