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SMP COSME – Support to Ukrainian entrepreneurs Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs – 2023

Single Market Programme - Support to Ukrainian entrepreneurs Erasmus forYoung Entrepreneurs aiming at selecting intermediary organisations based on their project proposals for supporting Ukrainian new entrepreneurs.

3 million euro

Appeal framework

Institution European Commission
Sectors Business & Industry Employment Research & Innovation
Beneficiaries Large company (> 250 employees) Professional organisation & network Smes & Start-Ups (< 249 Employees) Training organisation & school
Regions Balkans, Candidate countries, European Economic Area, European Union

Countries eligible to the programme:

  • Ukraine (territories that are under the effective control of the Ukrainian authorities at the submission deadline)

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Priorities and funded actions


  • To select intermediary organisations based on their project proposals for supporting Ukrainian new entrepreneurs
  • To provide on-the-job-training for Ukrainian new entrepreneurs with established host entrepreneurs in small and medium-sized enterprises abroad in the SMP Participating Countries (EU and third countries) in order to facilitate a successful start-up, and development of their business ideas
  • To foster sharing of experience and information between Ukrainian and other European entrepreneurs on the obstacles and challenges of starting up and developing their businesses
  • To enhance market access and identification of potential partners for Ukrainian new entrepreneurs in other SMP Participating Countries
  • To support networking between Ukrainian and other European entrepreneurs from different SMP Participating Countries by building on knowledge and experience
  • To contribute to the EU’s support to Ukrainian entrepreneurs and facilitate the continuation of business in Ukraine and the reconstruction phase of the country after Russia’s military aggression


  • Priority 1: to match Ukrainian new entrepreneurs with host entrepreneurs from other SMP participating countries
  • Priority 2: to propose “sustainable/green” and “digital” business models
  • Priority 3: to consider gender balance of recruited entrepreneurs, both new and hosts

Among financed actions

  • Management, quality control and evaluation
  • Active networking
  • Promotion of the programme
  • Enrolment of entrepreneurs
  • Assessing applications from Ukrainian
  • Management of grant agreements with new entrepreneurs, commitments and financial assistance

Additional information

  • This call for proposals is an open call for proposals
  • Initial duration of the action: 28 months


  • Be a legal entity
  • Be a public entity responsible for or active in the fields of economic affairs, enterprise, business support or related issues
  • Be a chamber of commerce and industry, chamber of (handi)crafts or similar body
  • Be a business support organisation, start-up centre, incubator, technology park
  • Be a business association and business support network
  • Be a public and private entity offering business support services
  • Be an institute of (higher) education
  • Total budget of the call: 3 million euro
  • Co-financing rate: up to 30 % of the total eligible costs

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