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1 Leveraging Structural Funds for Mobile Services Angelos Manglis President & Managing Director, Atlantis Consulting S.A. MOBIP project Coordinator

2 Mobile services Mobile technologies are changing the world we live in. From e-… to m-…. A wide range of new mobile services is emerging: mobile shopping, health applications, social networking, gaming, etc Huge economic potential for competitiveness, innovation, and growth

3 Mobile services 5,3 billion mobile subscribers worldwide (77% of the world population) In US and Western Europe, 90% of mobile subscribers have an Internet-ready phone In three years over 300,000 mobile apps have been developed and were downloaded 10,9 billion times Global downloads will reach 76.9 billion in 2014 and will be worth US$35 billion

4 MOBIP - Main goal To support the competitiveness of high growth businesses in the mobile services sector To strengthen their opportunities for growth and market access, in Europe and globally

5 Supporting mobile services SMEs to: Improve innovation capacity and investment readiness Improve access to: – Investors – International markets – Large Mobile Corporates Partner with stakeholders of the mobile services value chain

6 Partnership and Investment events – 2010: Valencia, Spain (10-11 June) – 2011: London, U.K. (14-15 November) – 2012: Thessaloniki, Greece

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8 Smart specialisation – the example of Greece Mobile services is one of the most rapidly growing sectors in Greece > 40 companies with high innovation potential in the Athens region, some of which are among the world market leaders Initiatives of MOBIP for o Proposals for grant and voucher schemes o Creation of Hellenic Association of Mobile Application Companies o Creation of Hellenic Mobile Cluster

9 Development and Promotion of Grant and Voucher Schemes (1/2) Proposals of grant and voucher schemes developed by MOBIP and presented to the General Secretariat of Digital Planning (Greece) Grant schemes o Support of Innovative Knowledge-Intensive Enterprises for Investment Plans on the Development of New Mobile Services o Support of Mobile Application Developers o Support of Mobile Application Developers in Pre- incubators

10 Development and Promotion of Grant and Voucher Schemes (2/2) Voucher schemes o Mobile Marketing and Advertising Campaign Voucher – introcudes a new concept in vouchers - not directly addressed to the mobile services companies, but to their customers. o MOBIP Digital Voucher: o Participation in trade fairs and conferences o Access to expertise o Copyrights - Patents

11 Success story: Digi-mobile voucher scheme (1/2) Adopted by the General Secretariat of Digital Planning Call to be published within the next week Aims at promoting the wider use of mobile services by companies from other sectors (Type B voucher) Supported companies funded for the development, acquisition and exploitation of innovative services through smartphones or tablet PCs

12 Success story: Digi-mobile voucher scheme (2/2) Services can be in various sectors such as Health, Entrepreneurship, Environment, Transport, Culture, Entertainment, Tourism, etc. Overall budget (public funds): 15 m Maximum budget allowed for proposals: – for mobile applications – for mobile portals Funding rate: 70%

13 Success story: ICT4Growth grant scheme (1/3) Adopted by the General Secretariat of Digital Planning Call to be published within this month Broader scope than MOBIP's proposal, addressed to all ICT services, and including Mobile Services Aims to support companies for the development of Innovative Added Value Services

14 Success story: ICT4Growth grant scheme (2/3) Supports B2B or B2C services in: Health, Education, Entrepreneurship, Environment, Transport, and Social Networking Eligible costs: equipment, software, licenses, and staff costs of personnel specifically hired for the business plan Especially for SMEs, costs of consulting services and participation in trade fairs / events are eligible

15 Success story: ICT4Growth grant scheme (3/3) Overall budget (public funds): 120 m Funding rate: 15% - 60% (?), according to size and location of company Budget of business plans – 300 K - 3 m for SMEs – 1 m - 5 m for large companies

16 Success factors Timing Address policy makers who have good knowledge of specific sector Innovative aspect of proposals Be in line with the priorities of policy makers Support from an EU project gives credibility to the proposal High potential of sector for competitiveness, innovation and growth at local and global scale

17 Barriers and obstacles Mobile services sector is changing fast Bureucracy Constraints for funding specific regions

18 Hellenic Mobile Services Cluster Formation of Hellenic Association of Mobile Application Companies 32 members 60 additional companies interested in joining

19 Hellenic Mobile Services Cluster Proposal to be sumbitted (17 October) to call of Greek General Secretariat of Research and Technology for support of clusters (Phase 1: Expression of interest) The initial plan for the call (public consultation) did not include mobile services - this was achieved by lobbying of MOBIP and HAMAC

20 Structural funds in the Netherlands PNO has contributed to the establishment of an ICT sector fund in the Netherlands Investment of 500k per year in relevant ICT projects with a social character, incl. (but not exclusively) mobile services

21 Contact information Angelos Manglis President & Managing Director Atlantis Consulting S.A. MOBIP Project Coordinator Tel: ,


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