European Commission - Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

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Voucher for the digitization of SMEs

Policy objectives Plus
Budget, source and type of funding
Year2018
National public funds 50,000,000
Regional public funds
EU Structural Funds 50,000,000
Private funds
Other
Form of funding provided
Grants
Policy learning
To what extent the measure can be considered as a success and worthy of policy learning?:
It is too early to judge the success of the measure (e.g results of first call for proposals still not known).
Evidence of outcomes based on evaluation and other evidence:

It is fundamental that in the regional territory there are base infrastructures that let the SMEs to innovate. Moreover, is important that the actors in the entrepreneurial ecosystem cooperate and collaborate. One factor that could affect the achievement of this measure is the lack of resources in order to finance the boost and growth of SMEs. It is important that in order to foster the entrepreneurship there must be also financial resources.

What are the most important “Do’s and Don’ts” that regional stakeholders should be aware of when launching a similar measure?:

Regional Stakeholders should have an overall picture of the economic performance in order to understand what are the main weaknesses. After this, they should understand what are the actual resources (infrastructure, actors, etc.) in the regional territory and what is missing for reaching the goal of the measure. Having an Ex-Ante analysis is important to launch this kind of measure. One thing to avoid is not involving the main actors of the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Besides analysing economic indicators, there must be also interviews with the main stakeholders of the regional territory.

Would you recommend this measure as an example of regional good practice to policy-makers from other regions ?:
Yes
Organisation(s) responsible