Mobilise SMEs Again

Our successful project MobiliseSME is re-opening and offering again the opportunity to SMEs in Europe to do an employee’s exchange with another company abroad!

The first 5 exchanges arranged by companies from 2 different European countries will be financed by European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME, the biggest Confederation of voluntarily associated small and medium-sized companies in Europe.

The exchanges that will be supported in this re-opening of the MobiliseSME program will be funded by European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME , the former MobiliseSME lead partner, which will provide funds directly to the visiting employees in the form of a grant.


1 – Application: All companies that can arrange autonomously a mobility of an employee (or manager) should inform us between February 1st and March 31st 2019. This is the period in which companies and the employee must present a valid candidature for an exchange of employees, based on a signed ”tripartite agreement”. European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME will decide on the funding. The actual exchanges can happen at a later stage, but should be finished by July 31 st 2019.

2 – Duration: All the exchanges taking place under this re-opening of the MobiliseSME program can last as long as companies want. Anyway, European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME will pay only a maximum of 1 month exchange. In case the exchange lasts longer, the companies should take agreement for the financial coverage of the costs borne to the employee. In case the exchange lasts only 2 weeks, European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME will cover only the expenses for 2 weeks. The exchanges can be divided into 2 time periods of approx. 1 or 2 weeks.

3 – Only the first 5 valid candidatures for exchanges will be granted with the support.

To know more, including how to apply, you can look at our updated Matchmaking section.

We look forward to your applications to continue this unique project bringing a real added-value to SMEs in Europe!

The EU-funded project MobiliseSME, managed by European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME and its members, aimed at exploring and evaluating the interest in and benefits of an exchange program for employees of SMEs in Europe. It did so through a research phase and a pilot exchange scheme that lasted eight months, from November 2016 to June 2017. One of the reasons behind the project was to provide a new mechanism for SMEs to explore opportunities for business abroad, but with the added value of training their staff with new knowledge and skills.

MobiliseSME’s pilot scheme allowed small and medium-sized enterprises in Europe to send one of their employees to work in another company abroad for a period between two weeks and two months or to host the employee of a foreign company for a similar time span. The exchange always included a form of training for either the travelling employee or the staff of the hosting company.

About 400 companies registered on the MobiliseSME Matchmaking Platform that allowed them to find partners for an exchange. This lead to 54 exchanges taking place, spanning across 23 different sectors and 16 countries.

The feedback of participants clearly shows the added value of this scheme: 91% of sending companies and 95% of the hosting companies were happy with the matched needs and competences of employees, 90% of companies stated that their cross-border business will develop thanks to the exchange and 75% said they will be able to introduce new products and services. 81% of the travelling employees felt it contributed to their professional development, and believe that their acquired skills will benefit the company where they work as well as providing them with better career opportunities.

The project just explored an idea, but it is clear from the results that it would be a missed opportunity not to continue with a mobility scheme for SMEs in Europe. Now it is the moment to optimise such a scheme, possibly with another project scaling up the initial work of MobiliseSME and with the goal of setting up a permanent program for companies – an Erasmus for SMEs and their employees which would help them to really take advantage of the potential of the Single Market.

Project website:

Matchmaking platform: - the matchmaking platform is still open and can be used to organise cross-border exchange of employees of SMEs, though financial support is no longer available.

Project Documents

If you want to read more about the impact of the project, you can download the complete Project Evaluation Report here (English only).

You can also find a summary of the report in the MobiliseSME in Practice brochure (English, Italian, German and French).

Finally you can also have a look at the MobiliseSME Fact Sheet (English only)

Picture Gallery and Video from MobiliseSME Final Conference:

Project “Mobilities for professionals and qualified employees of MSMEs” MobiliseSME, co-financed by the EaSI Programme (PROGRESS) of the European Union, 2016-2017.