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EYE Global

expand your business to new markets

Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs (EYE) Global is a an exchange programme which gives experienced entrepreneurs based in Canada the opportunity to collaborate with new or aspiring entrepreneurs from the European Union and the UK.

It is based on the popular Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs programme, which has been running in Europe since 2009 and has matched almost 20.000 entrepreneurs in 10.000 exchanges.

Participation Criteria


As a host entrepreneur you can participate in the programme if:


  • Your company is registered in British Columbia and you are residing in British Columbia;
  • You are the owner-manager of a small or medium enterprise OR a person directly involved in entrepreneurship at SME board level (not employee);
  • You have more than 3 years of cumulative experience as an entrepreneur (owner-manager of own company, not employee);
  • You are willing to share your knowledge and experience with a new entrepreneur and act as a mentor.

Collaboration between the two entrepreneurs takes place during a 1-3 month stay with the experienced Canadian entrepreneur, which helps the new entrepreneur acquire the skills needed to run a small firm. The Canadian host benefits from fresh perspectives on his/her business, cooperating with foreign partners, and learning about new markets.

How the EYE program works


  1. Register your company on the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs portal.
  2. Search for qualified candidates whose skill sets fit your business needs.
  3. Contact the candidate(s) to schedule an online interview.
  4. Confirm the match and we will guide you through the process of initiating the exchange!

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How does the Covid-19 outbreak impact the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs Global?

Temporary adaptation of EYE programme rules

Following the developments in the Covid-19 outbreak, the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs Global programme has temporarily adapted its rules. Remote exchanges are possible and allowed for a period of 1 to 3 months. Entrepreneurs participating in the remote exchange are NOT eligible to receive a financial allowance. If the NE can travel, the physical exchange can take place for maximum 3 months and the NE is entitled to receiving a financial allowance. The duration of the match (remote + physical) cannot be longer than 3 months and must be achieved within a period of 12 consecutive months. These exceptional rules will apply until the 31st of December 2021 (please note that this end-date is indicative and could be modified in the next months, depending on how the situation will evolve). If you need more information, please consult your Intermediary Organization.


Travel rules

The Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs Global programme does not define any new travel restrictions in addition to those that already exist at national level. Participants need to follow national advice and consult the website of their respective national ministries (Ministry of Health and/or Ministry of Foreign Affairs, etc.) for up-to-date travel restriction. In addition, participants need to make sure they have a valid medical insurance, whatever their destination, in accordance to the programme rules.

How long do EYE exchange programs last?

Exchange programs for Canada range from a minimum of one to a maximum of three months.

Is there a deadline to register?

No, there is no deadline to register for the programme. Interested applicants can apply online anytime at

Is there a fee to take part in the EYE program?

Because the EYE program is financed by the European Union, participation is complimentary for Canadian host companies.

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How do I activate my ICCBC Young Professionals membership?

The ICCBC will schedule an orientation call with new entrepreneurs upon arrival in Canada as well as activate your Young Professionals Membership, to ensure that you are kept in the loop!

Which type of visa should I request?

Entrepreneurs should select the most appropriate visa based on their nationality and duration of exchange. A complete list of visas can be found HERE.

We can help with registration!


Don’t have time to fill up the form? We can help. Please contact Stefano at or call us at 604.682.1410 to get started as soon as possible.

Featured Event

  • EYE Global Project Launch | EU Canada Entrepreneur ExChange Program

    Are you a business operating in BC and looking to expand to Europe? Do you want to get in touch with European entrepreneurs? Or maybe you just want to get fresh ideas for your own business? Join our “EYE Global Project Launch” online seminar on June 30th, 2021, at 12pm PST and learn more about the EYE Global Program!

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As a host entrepreneur participating in this pilot project, you will benefit from the exchange by having the opportunity to:

  • Work with an energetic and motivated new entrepreneur who can contribute to your business with innovative views, new skills and knowledge;
  • Benefit from a “fresh eye” on your business, and specialised knowledge that the new entrepreneur may have and that you do not master;
  • Act as a coach or mentor;
  • Learn about foreign markets, expand your business opportunities and engage in cross-border activities;
  • Network and build strong relationships, which can be useful for mutual consulting, business referrals, and for finding business partners abroad;
  • The large majority of host entrepreneurs in the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs programme enjoyed the experience so much that they decided to host other new entrepreneurs afterwards!


As a participating host entrepreneur in the EYE Global project, you will have the following responsibilities:

  • You must ensure the high quality of the learning experience and overall entrepreneurial collaboration with your new entrepreneur, who must gain insight to help ensure a viable business start-up;
  • You are asked to sign an online “Commitment to Quality” document, which ensures the smooth collaboration with the new entrepreneur. Among others, it sets out the objectives of the stay and a proposed plan of activities during the stay. Note that this commitment is always based on the agreement of the new and host entrepreneur with regards to the exchange;
  • You must inform us in the event of any changes to your profile or to the implementation of the exchange;
  • You must fill in an online feedback questionnaire after the exchange.