The young entrepreneur, José Garrido, tells us his experience with the Erasmus program for Young Entrepreneurs

José Garrido is a young entrepreneur who has done his business exchange thanks to the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs programme in Germany, at the company Tryformation. After finishing his exchange he wanted to tell us about his experience.

BRIEF INTRODUCTION BY JOSE:

My name is Jose Garrido and I am an entrepreneur from Spain. I have a strong interest in how technology can connect people. That is why I choose to create an app for exchange students. My journey started in December 2019 when I discovered the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs. The program allows young entrepreneurs to contact more experienced ones, who can offer hands-on experience. The challenge sounded very interesting and quickly I started looking for a host that could help me create my App.

ACTIVITIES UNDERTAKEN:

I focus on Improving my website, creating a marketing strategy and adapting it to this new normality. Also, I have kept working in the development of the app as well as more general tasks like setting up a team or understanding my business model.

BENEFITS ARCHIVED:

Thanks to Erasmus for young entrepreneurs, both parties have managed to grow and improve at different levels, from marketing skills to human resources management.

José Garrido (NE): After this collaboration I have discovered that despite the current events with a pandemic, I want to pursue a career by myself as an entrepreneur. Concerning marketing and sales, now I can manage a SEO campaign, as well as create good keyword research and KPIs metrics. With social media I’ve learned how to create a proper content calendar and how to write content in a way that will attract people. Also, I want to point out that I’ve gained experience with cold calling & lead generation on the sales side. But the most important thing that Philipp has helped me, is understanding failure. As an entrepreneur you are going to face failure sooner or later, even if my project won't be successful that does not mean I have to stop trying.

Philipp Stelzer (HE):Jose has helped us to sharpen our go-to market approach with his new perspective on how we were doing things. His cultural and educational background gave us a fresh pair of eyes on current topics and valuable input for our current marketing and sales activities. He actively supported our sales and marketing teams for hands-on learning and experience while creating materials such as lead lists, marketing materials as well as proposals for marketing KPIs and so on.

Jose also supported our work on business plans and award as well as grant applications. In the short time that Jose was with us he very quickly integrated with our team and helped to onboard new team members only shortly after. Overall, we covered a substantial amount of topics for the available amount of time due to Corona.

Both sides agree that the benefits accomplished during these months would have never been attained otherwise, leaving aside the fun and interesting experience at a personal level.

QUOTATION REGARDING THE EXPERIENCE:

 

New entrepreneur: “I sincerely have only good words for my Host Entrepreneur, not only did he help me to understand how to create a business from scratch, but he also let me participate in his company. Since the beginning I felt part of the team. I’ve loved the experience and the program.”

 

Host entrepreneur: “Jose is a great and ambitious Young Entrepreneur. He is very willing to learn and open to trying new things. During the stay he made great progress on his skills and knowledge on how to run a business, also because he kept asking for things he would like to try and learn more about. It was also a great experience for our team to have a young entrepreneur with us who connected and worked well with our team".