Curaçao flags EU programme for new business innovation
Fiona Curie, Curaçao’s Innovation Manager, organised on January 12 an information session on ERASMUS for Young Entrepreneurs (EYE).
Budding business people attended the event, organised by the Ministry of Economic Development,
the University of Curaçao, Startup Curaçao and Curaçao Innovation and Technology Institute to find out more about the EU-funded programme that is nurturing business innovation.
EYE provides grants to OCT nationals of €1,100 per month – for up to 6 months – for mentorships with an experienced business entrepreneur in another EU state. Those eligible must either have in place a plan for an innovative business start-up, or have been in business for no longer than 3 years.
The scheme does not permit a young entrepreneur to be paired with a business in his/her own country. Nationals of the Dutch OCTs, for example, cannot be hosted by a business in the Netherlands.
Fiona Curie published a flyer and was interviewed on radio to spread the word about the event. We are really looking forward to hearing about many more EYE applicants from Curaçao and other OCTs. Applications are via a dedicated European Commission website: http://www.erasmus-entrepreneurs.eu