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Erasmus+ YE:"Rural Entrepreneurship Heroes" Turkey

Updated: Dec 8, 2017

36 Youngsters meet in Turkey to discuss reviving of rural areas

6 members of "High on Life" took part in the Erasmus+ Youth Exchange "Rural Entrepreneurship Heroes".

A project for youth to expand their knowledge about business opportunities in rural areas. As a result, Erasmus+ youth exchange “Rural Entrepreneurship Heroes” was held in Ölüdeniz, Turkey on November 1-9, 2017. The project aimed to raise awareness of participants existing asset, provide them with the skills on how to identify the business opportunities that exist in rural areas & develop the idea. After the exchange, they stand ready to contribute to the local communities. One of the biggest expected impacts from this is that they could also create jobs for other people in rural areas and especially youth with fewer opportunities. Apart from that, they could also help inspire other marginalized youth to think about their own rural businesses.

Workshop and activities

36 participants arrived to beautiful Ölüdeniz and took part in a variety of workshops and activities. They have also visited Fethiye and Kayaköy (ancient Karmylassos), an eerie ghost town of 4000-odd abandoned stone houses and other structures that once made up the Greek town of Levissi. Today this timeless village, set in a lush valley with some vineyards nearby, forms a memorial to Turkish-Greek peace and cooperation. In the evening, when the ruined village’s churches are spotlit, Kayaköy is truly surreal. Visiting Fethiye and Kayaköy helped them to understand Turkish background and history. It was very precious experience in terms of knowing Turkish culture. They have also had an opportunity to engage with interesting guests from “KOSGEB” (Small and Medium Industry Development Organization), this organization financially support rural entrepreneurs and new ‘rural startups’. Finally, the participants took part in how-to sessions, business simulation in rural environment and business idea contest.


Together participants have created many solutions how to prevent unemployment in rural areas and what should be done to improve infrastructure there. All the results will be published later online and in the e-booklet of the project. During the exchange they have learnt a lot about rural entrepreneurship and possibilities of starting their own business. Most importantly, in groups they have developed their ideas for rural business. It is our aspiration that it will inspire them to use the ideas, create start-ups, develop rural areas in their regions and motivate other to do the same.

Video of the project

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