3 ICT drives 50% of EU growth, QuoteICT drives 50% of EU growth,says Commission's Annual Report on the Digital Economy(March 30, 2007)
4 Mission“To stimulate economic growth across the European Union (and beyond), reinforcing Microsoft’s commitment to regional success by fuelling a competitive and innovative business environment for SMEs & LRGs as well as enhancing public-private partnerships.”
5 SummaryMulti-stakeholder partnership initiated by Microsoft to provideawareness, consulting & supportto help SMEs & LRGs tosuccessfully apply forEU, national, regional & local grants forICT related investments(no matter if Microsoft is involved or not)
6 The EUGA „Engine“ Grants portal – AWARENESS Dedicated & localized (language & content)Free of chargeOverview of all ICT related public fundingsGrants consulting – HANDS-ON SUPPORTProfound, individual consulting by …In-house consultants – first eligibility check, free of chargeLocal grants consulting agencies – application writing, sucess feeMSP: EUGA consortia – ADVOCATINGPPP – together with industry partners, banks, telcos, chambers, municipalities, ministries, business associations…Joint communication effortsBest practice sharing & efficiency discussion with authoritiesAt EU level and in every country
7 EUGA The EUGA „Engine“ SMB & LRG Driving Consortiums Banks IT Players EIB-EIFSMB & LRGEU FundsLocal Agencies in Member Statesspecialized in ICT FundsMemberStateIntermediaryBankseContent, eTen, 6FP, IDA,…Driving ConsortiumsRegionRegionBanksITPlayersTelecomsGrantsSchemasBridge/LendingInstrumentsChambers ofCommerceBusinessAssociationsEUGAEU Grants AdvisorWebsite
8 The EUGA “Pillars” Growth Innovation, R&D Training & Employability EU Grants AdvisorGrowthInnovation, R&DTraining & Employability
9 Benefits for Applicants Grants consulting – competent & individualCASH (and/or)LoansTotal funding up to 100% (!)Faster & bigger projectssolution developmentICT implementation & modernizationtraining & development
10 USP – What Makes It So Special? Focus on ICTEU-wide database for all kind of ICT related public fundingsCovering all levels (EU, national, regional, local)Not just information and basic consulting, but facilitation of the entire application process, including application writingNetwork of consultants all over Europe
11 Geography Today EU-21 (Bulgaria since Oct 1) By end of CY07 EU-27 Romania (Oct 26)Latvia (Nov 9)EstoniaCyprusMaltaLithuania (tbc)CY08 Evaluation of „beyond EU“ pilotsTurkey, Croatia…CY09 „Global concept“
13 Case StudyThe Social Care Institute of Habrovany, partnered with the Masaryk University of Brno, Czech Technical University of Prague, Paracentre Fénix, and the regional government of Southern Moravia, in order to create a training & employment program to help those with disabilities to obtain the European Computer Driving License (ECDL).The project partners approached the local EUGA consultant to help them find an appropriate grant to apply for and to help facilitate its application process.With the help of EUGA, the project partners successfully applied for EUR 190,000 from the Ministry for Social Funds. The grant helped cover the cost of the training workshop and feedback sessions.
14 Happy to discuss any ideas of possible cooperation ! You are invited to…join the national consortia (MoU)spread the news about new grants via EUGA in order to maximize grants absorption in your regiondiscuss your planned ICT investments with the national EUGA consultant of your countryHappy to discuss any ideas of possible cooperation !Questions, issues, concerns:
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