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Education and training approach is based on a blend of ‘classroom’ and online modules, led by experienced trainers also supported by an innovative MOOC and sharing e-learning platform. 

In addition, mentoring activities will strengthen the entrepreneurial support by regular, individual, one-to-one meetings with experienced mentors and thematic group sessions.


MODULE 1: Idea Generation 

You will have the opportunity to implement your idea: the module will help developing entrepreneurial thinking skills, such as the ability to identify marketplace opportunities and discover the most appropriate ways and time to capitalize on them.

* 4h classroom session + e-learning follow-up; practical exercise; further reading list

1st Forum meeting – Meet the mentors

* Individual, face-to-face mentor-mentee meeting 

MODULE 2 : Introduction to Business Model


Analyse the fundamentals of your business idea and evaluate its feasibly by creating a small business model. This module provides business plan elements, with a focus on the business model (lean canvas), and useful operational tools that will help develop and evaluate the potential success of their business idea.

* 4h classroom session + e-learning follow-up; practical exercise; further reading list

Individual, face-to-face mentor-mentee meeting 

MODULE 3 : How to promote your Business Project

Interpersonal and communicational skills are relevant competences you need to acquire. Indeed, you must be able to work and interact with people with different cultural backgrounds. The module will work to reinforce intercultural and language skills, and, at the same time, it will give small marketing suggestions to facilitate the promotion both on online and offline.





* 8h classroom session + e-learning follow-up; practical exercise; further reading list

* 2nd Forum meeting – Meet the inspiring entrepreneurs

* 2x Individual, face-to-face mentor-mentee meeting 

MODULE 4: Legal, administrative and fiscal regulation

You will receive all the information related to requirements that need to be followed to open up a business in a foreign country. For these reasons, the module will work on your abilities to deal with bureaucratic processes by addressing the following topics:

  • ·       business registration and how to obtain a licence;
  • ·       labour law;
  • ·       tax regulations and declaration;
  • ·       basis of accounting and finance management tips;
  • ·       basis of funding opportunities.


* 8h classroom session + e-learning follow-up; practical exercise; further reading list

* 2x Individual, face-to-face mentor-mentee meeting 

Pitch sessions and matchmaking

The final training event will be the opportunity for you to present the final version of your project work to have matchmaking sessions with peers and project stakeholders. Mentors will participate as “Key Testimonials” to discuss and evaluate your project works and share their experience and point of view.

* 4h classroom session; practical exercise; further reading list

* 3rd Forum meeting (group mentoring session)

* 2x Individual, face-to-face mentor-mentee meeting

Please note that mentoring activities (individual face-to-face meeting and group meetings).


Mentoring is an integral part of the YMCB support scheme that takes place in parallel to the training of prospective migrant entrepreneurs to start their own businesses in Austria, Belgium, Italy and the Netherlands. Each potential migrant entrepreneur, participating in the YMCB support scheme, will be matched with a mentor, preferably from the same business sector. 

As much as possible you will be matched with a mentee from your own country of residence. In some cases we will ask you to be matched with mentees from the other YMCB implementing countries.

Qualifications: Are you an (retired) entrepreneur who…

Benefits: Why should you become a mentor?

Role: What is expected of a mentor? 

Time requirements:

YMCB mentors are asked to volunteer their time for a six-months period:

The mentoring in the YMCB support scheme is based on a voluntary basis and the mentors will not receive any financial compensation, nevertheless, participating in the mentoring will impact both the mentors and mentees positively, as described above.