Topic of the practice
Support SMEs that have sufficient resources to carry out innovative activities and to develop their services
Good Practice Information
The main problem, that “Innovoucher” tackled is, that SMEs (in Észak-Alföld Region) didn’t have sufficient resources to carry out innovative activities and to develop their services. The direct purposes of the project was supporting micro and small sized enterprises in innovative initiatives and motivate supply and demand in the field of innovation services. Expected indirect effect: the Region’s catching up.
Innovoucher directly supports micro and small sized enterprises to undertake innovative initiatives and increase supply and demand in the field of innovation services. Calls for proposals focused on innovation were financed from an Innovation Fund. The National Office for Research and Technology (NORT) launched a call for R&D services in the regions in which SMEs could apply. Észak-Alföld Regional Development Agency acted as an intermediary. The SME receives a virtual budget of €100 000. The innovation service provider delivers the service for the SME, and the invoice is sent directly to NORT with a short report on the work done. NORT pays the bill directly to the service provider, until the SME’s budget is exhausted.
Evidence of success
2 350 000 EUR spent in the region. More, than 40 SMEs supported. More, than 60 innovation service providers involved. New SME-University research contracts established,
Contact details to obtain further information on the practice
Észak-Alföld Regional Development Agency Non-profit Limited Company, Debrecen