The Vanguard Initiative is launching the SME Success Story Call on 3 June. The call is aimed at facilitating the involvement of innovative SMEs in the VI pilot activities.
Financial aid will be provided to SMEs facing obstacles in their innovation processes in one of the thematic and industrial areas of the VI Pilots. The VI Innovation Voucher will consist of a one-time, lump-sum payment of 11.000 to finance interregional collaboration activities between at least two legal entities (of which at least one SME) registered in at least two different VI regions and countries.
The initiative, which has been developed under the leadership of the Steinbeis Europa Zentrum (Baden Württemberg), will allow the creation of success stories through interregional cooperation to showcase the potential VI impact on SMEs, but also strengthen SME- driven interregional value chains and promote faster market uptake of products and services.
The timeline of the Call will be as follows:
03.06.2022 launch of the call
14.07.2022 Call closure and evaluation of the applications by the selection committee
27.07.2022 Applicants informed
30.08.2022 (latest) Signed sub-grant agreements received by the managing authority Steinbeis
30.01.2023 (latest) Submission of the final report for evaluation
15.02.2023 (latest) Voucher payment to beneficiaries
February 2023 (TBD) Presentation of the results at the General Assembly
For more information, please contact [email protected]