Profile – See if you’re eligible!

CONNECT is looking for early stage entrepreneurs!

You need to fulfil the following criteria to be eligible to participate in CONNECT:

  • You must be firmly planning to start your own business based on a concrete project reflected in a substantiated business plan;
  • Or have your own business in operation for not more than 3 years, preferably.

Please note the following additional aspects:

  • There is no age limit and your business can be operating in any sector;
  • You must have your permanent residence* in a EU Member State or in any of the CIP participating countries**;
  • You can be employed, self-employed or unemployed;
  • During your stay in Brazil, you are expected to be motivated and willing to collaborate with an experienced host entrepreneur, and be prepared to contribute to the development of his/her business, making your skills and competences available;
  • You are also expected to be able to complement the programme funds as needed to cover the costs of your stay abroad;
  • Good language skills (English/Portuguese/Spanish) will be considered an advantage;
  • Entrepreneurs who have participated in the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs programme or any other EU funded programmes are also eligible to participate in CONNECT.

If you still have any doubts, do not hesitate to contact us.
Read more about financial support & contractual aspects.

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* The permanent residence is:
- The place where the company of the applicant is registered, if the applicant has a registered company;
- If a company has several establishments in different EU Member States or other participating countries, the entrepreneur should choose one of the countries as permanent residence;
- The place where the applicant has spent 183 days or more in the course of the last 12 months, if he the applicant does not have a registered company.

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CIP Participating Countries:
- EU Member States;
- EFTA and EEA countries: Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway;
- Acceding/candidate countries: Croatia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Iceland, Montenegro and Turkey;
- Albania, Israel and Serbia (additional participants to the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme).