EXCITE is a project under the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs (EYE) programme, a programme aiming to stimulate growth and entrepreneurship throughout Europe by financially supporting young entrepreneurs looking for experience and senor knowledge abroad. Within this programme, EXCITE  represents a consortium of 7 partners – of which ECBN is one – with a particular focus on stimulating entrepreneurship in the Creative and Cultural Industries.

Together with our partners we are looking for starting creative entrepreneurs, who wish to kickstart their business by means of an EYE exchange. We will then support them beyond simply facilitating the exchanges, offering some further guidance during the exchange through our business expertise and creative business network.

The seven EXCITE partners are:

·         Košice 2013

·         European Creative Business Network

·         Ale municipality

·         Creative Region Linz and Upper Austria

·         Peopleing Estudio Bilbao

·         City of Gelsenkirchen

·         IT Valley Košice


We can provide bursaries for new creative entrepreneurs with a sound businessplan and who wish go to another European country in order to learn from an experienced entrepreneur based there. During the stay, the starting entrepreneur will start his practice, getting practical experience all the while learning from the experienced hosting entrepreneur.

The project runs from January 2015 through February 2017, and we are confident that this project will bring about plenty of fruitful collaborations, giving the creative industries a boost.

More about the programme: , and apply here:

Interested to participate as a host or starting entrepreneur? Please contact our project manager Adrian Sneeuw, .