The 4helix+ Innovation Voucher Call offers MSMEs/Start-Ups operating in blue growth sectors or blue economy (fishing, aquaculture, coastal and maritime tourism, shipbuilding, blue biotechnologies etc.) the possibility to explore a business opportunity or solve a small-scale innovation related problem by acquiring knowledge and coaching services supplied by a registered Knowledge Provider who will help the company develop such an innovation project.
Knowledge Providers are Research Development and Innovation bodies and skilled enterprises belonging to the Cultural and Creative industries, or Non Institutional New Innovation Agents (such as fab-labs, maker spaces, co-working spaces, creative hubs, living labs, tech shops, contamination labs, etc.). They must be registered in the Project’s transnational database (The 4helix+ Knowledge Providers Gallery) by 31st March 2019 in order to be eligible for selection by the companies applying for Innovation Voucher.
The goal of the Innovation Voucher Call is thus to help MSMEs to design and/or create, through small innovation projects, new products, services, processes or business models. For this purpose, the consortium has a budget of 480.000€ in innovation vouchers, amounting to €10.000 per project, that will be granted upon evaluation to up to 48 MSMEs/Start-Ups located in pilot projects’ regions (6 vouchers available for each target region).
Therefore, blue sector SMEs/Start-Ups applying for 4helix+ Innovation Voucher will therefore select a registered Knowledge Provider in order to acquire knowledge and be assisted in its project proposal elaboration and, if awarded, project implementation.
The Call for 4helix+ Innovation Vouchers has been launched on February 1st and will remain open until April 30th 2019. Apply here.