The ICT Innovation Vouchers scheme aims to boost business innovation and increase competitiveness for micro-enterprises and SMEs, by investing in innovative digital business solutions.

The vouchers have been tested and successfully implemented in various regions and member states across Europe.

Extremadura (Spain)

Name of the scheme: EXTREME@TIC
Application period: 08/08/2014 – 11/09/2014
Budget allocated: € 1 200 000
Applications submitted: More than 600
Vouchers allocated: Between 240-300 (allocation is ongoing)
Type of services:
  • Web browsing and usability, Internet communication, business branding and design;
  • Study of competence and position of a virtual market, customer profiles and search trends, development of an online marketing plan;
  • Web analytics, ROI measure and smart competitive, Web positions (SEO / SEM);
  • Support and management tools, online management, adaptation of software;
  • Consulting implementation web services 2.0;
  • Online payments methods;
  • Joint e-commerce platform.
Value of the voucher: € 5 000
ICT service providers: Accredited list of ICT service providers
Open to ICT service providers outside the region / member state: YES
Other specifications: Network connections and additional support were provided to implement the scheme, through the regional government (ICT Department) and regional public enterprise AVANTE
For more information: Cristina Gallardo, cristina.gallardo@extremaduraavante.es

Marche (Italy)

Name of the scheme:

CROSS-BORDER SYNERGIES USING TERRITORIAL COOPERATION, including:

Application period:

05/03/2014– 30/04/2014 and 31/05/2014

Budget allocated:

€ 114 500

Applications submitted:

  • WIDER: 17 applications received in Marche, all partners: 79
  • INNOVAGE: 7 applications
  • SEE-INNOVA: C1 - 6 applications in Marche, all partners: 14; C2 - 2 received

Vouchers allocated:

16 in all projects

Type of services:

  • Service for design, prototype and marketing of products or services:
  • Related to assistive technology for the elderly;
  • For small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) repositioning on the market towards the eco-smart-housing for the elderly;
  • For SMEs repositioning on the market of eco-independent living for the elderly related SMEs; new market oriented technologies/services; testing of new instruments for the establishment and strengthening of a RDC in the sector.

Value of the voucher:

  • € 50 000: Voucher A - WIDER - 5 vouchers of € 10 000 each
  • € 30 000: Voucher B – INNOVAGE - 4 vouchers of € 7 500 each
  • € 30 000: Voucher C1 - SEEINNOVA - 4 vouchers of € 7 500 each
  • € 4 500: Voucher C2- SEEINNOVA GENIUS - 3 vouchers of € 1 500 each

ICT service providers:

Transnational list available on each project's website.

Open to ICT service providers outside the region / member state:

YES. The scheme is transnational; the choice of a transnational ICT service provider gives extra score to the applicant.

Region of Murcia (Spain)

Name of the scheme:

CHEQUETIC

Application period:

17/10/2013 – 29/11/2013

Budget allocated:

€ 300 000

Applications submitted:

482

Vouchers allocated:

44

Type of services:

  • TIC-1 ICT services to improve internal processes in enterprises:
  • Customer relationship management;
  • Enterprise resource planning;
  • Business process management.
  • TIC-2 ICT services for implementing e-commerce in enterprises:
  • Advanced e-commerce site (including social networks and analytic tools);
  • E-business Apps for tablets and smartphones (link to internal processes).

Value of the voucher:

€ 7 500 (representing max. 75% of the total cost of the service)

ICT service providers:

Pre-defined catalogue of services provided by approved ICT service providers

Open to ICT service providers outside the region / member state:

YES

For more information:

innovacion@info.carm.es

Scotland (United Kingdom)

Name of the scheme:

SCOTTISH DIGITAL VOUCHER SCHEME (pilot)

Period of the scheme:

01/05/2014 – 31/03/2015

Application period:

01/05/2014 – 31/08/2014

Company projects are underway

Full scheme in development

Budget allocated:

£ 230 000

Applications submitted:

67

Vouchers allocated:

49

Type of services:

  • E-Commerce website;
  • ICT and social media development and implementation.

Value of the voucher:

75% of eligible project costs up to £ 5 000

ICT service providers:

ICT service providers selected by the applicants

Open to ICT service providers outside the region / member state:

YES (also open to ICT service providers outside of the EU)

For more information:

Website:

The voucher scheme does not currently have a website. However, please find further information on Digital Scotland