This year the Topsector Energie is making a subsidy available for the hiring of an ‘innovation broker’ by SMEs. Unlike other years, the compensation for hiring an innovation broker is not 50% but 100% of the costs incurred, up to a maximum of 10,000 euros per SME.
Entrepreneurs of TKI Urban Energy, TKI New Gas, TKI Energy & Industry and TKI Wind op Zee can use this, being part of the Topsector Energie. The increase in the fee percentage can help entrepreneurs especially in these times of COVID-19-crisis.
“Start-ups and SME entrepreneurs are often leaders in innovation. They regularly face many challenges, like hiring external expertise in certain areas because they have limited financial resources”, says Martin Weissmann, of the Financing Desk (FinancieringsLoket), "The extended subsidy scheme is therefore welcome to accommodate innovative companies active in the energy transition."
An innovation broker can assist SME-entrepreneurs in, among other things: developing a business plan, patent advice, attracting investors, deal closing around financing or setting up consortia with other companies and / or knowledge institutions*.
Applications for the subsidy can be submitted to the Topsector Energie from 1 May 2020. The activities of the innovation broker can start from 1 June 2020, after approval of the application by the Topsector Energie. Subsidy awarding takes place via the "first come, first served" principle.
For specific questions please contact Martin Weissmann.
* Excluded of the subsidy is hiring of an innovation broker for the specific purpose of having a subsidy application drawn up. Out of pocket costs, such as patent filing costs, are also excluded.