EYE to the Future

EYE to the FUTURE for UKRAINE project

The continuing Russian invasion of Ukraine is an unprecedented disaster for peace and stability in the European Union and exacerbates a number of existing negative global economic trends, such as rising inflation, poverty, increasing food insecurity, deglobalisation and worsening environmental degradation. This environment has also severely affected Ukraine’s entrepreneurial sector, which is struggling to rebuild relationships and productivity.

Recognising the high potential of entrepreneurs for job creation and sustainable development, the European Commission selected Microfinanza as the lead organisation to implement the EYE TO THE FUTURE FOR UKRAINE project.

The project is part of the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs programme, for which Microfinanza is already the local contact point for the development of activities in Italy.

EYE to the Future aims to provide active support through exchange of experience and networking among European business communities to help aspiring Ukrainian entrepreneurs to start, maintain or restart their business activities. The project will enable young and aspiring entrepreneurs (NEs) from Ukraine to spend between 1 and 6 months with an experienced entrepreneur coming from the NEs’ sector and settled in one of the 27 European countries (included Italy).

The consortium of the project is composed of 5 organisations: Nyuko from Luxembourg, Start up Wise Guys from Estonia, The European Center for Social Finance from Germany, Krok Uversity from Ukraine and Microfinanza from Italy.

Each partner will provide management, financial and non-financial support to the mobility of aspiring entrepreneurs to facilitate the start-up and development of their business ideas, including through mentoring by experienced entrepreneurs.

The project aims to stimulate a green and inclusive Europe, to foster the transition to a sustainable, digital and resilient economy and to support the reconstruction of Ukraine.


  • 114 professional exchanges;
  • At least 205 entrepreneurs participing in the project;
  • 50% Gender equality;
  • Sustainability;
Who can participate?

  • Ukrainian entrepreneurs living in Italy with less than 3 years of business experience.
  • Experienced Ukrainian entrepreneurs (with more than 3 years of entrepreneurial experience)
  • Experienced European entrepreneurs interested in setting up a joint work experience (from 1 to 6 months) for young aspiring Ukrainian entrepreneurs.

The aim of the work experience is to develop new market and networking synergies and to work with innovative talents to promote their business and provide innovative tools and skills for the reconstruction of Ukraine.

The European Commission will provide financial support for the exchange of new Ukrainian entrepreneurs in Europe.

How to Apply

Registration and participation in the EYE to The Future Programme is completely free of charge.
By applying for the programme with Microfinanza, the entrepreneur will receive the following support:

New Ukrainian entrepreneurs: support in the development of their business plan, the application process (including support in the motivation letter and CV submission), support in finding the host entrepreneur/entrepreneur established in one of the 27 European countries, support in the development of the activities of their cooperation plan with the host entrepreneur/entrepreneur, financial contribution to realise the exchange in a European country, networking and mentoring support in non-financial services and microfinance opportunities in Italy.

For host entrepreneurs (Ukrainian and European): support for the visibility of their business on the programme’s digital platform. Currently almost 30,000 European entrepreneurs are registered on the platform. Every registered entrepreneur has access to this database with the possibility of establishing new international contacts.

In addition, host entrepreneurs will receive support in finding an aspiring entrepreneur who meets their entrepreneurial needs and skills to strengthen specific areas of their business.


Visit this link to apply to the EYE TO THE FUTURE programme.

Visit the official website of the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs programme


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