Subsidies for entrepreneurs

We offer support for training, advice, investments and research & development.

SME e-wallet

A measure giving entrepreneurs financial aid in the purchase of training and advice.

The SME e-wallet is a measure whereby you – as an entrepreneur – receive financial aid when purchasing services that improve the quality of your enterprise. These services contain training courses and advisory services such as e.g. creating a communication plan for your business.

In summary

  • Who is eligible?
    SMEs and those practising liberal professions
  • What is it for?
    training and advice
  • Amount
    €10,000 for small companies or €15,000 for medium-sized companies

More information about SME e-wallet

SME growth subsidy

For SMEs who wish to realise a strategic growth trajectory by purchasing advice or recruiting a strategic employee

The SME growth subsidy is a subsidy tool with which the Flemish government supports SMEs in achieving their own growth trajectory. Are you planning to roll out a new business strategy? Are you going to launch new products or are you going to explore new markets? Then perhaps the SME growth subsidy might be suitable for you. 

Indeed, using the SME growth subsidy, the Flemish government subsidises the strategic knowledge required to be successful in such reorientation.  You can choose for yourself the way in which you wish to acquire such knowledge. You can choose to work together with a strategic consultant or, alternatively, you can recruit somebody. A combination of the two is also an option.

In summary

  • Who is eligible?
    SMEs with a site in Flanders
  • What is it for?
    strategic advice from an external service provider or the gross salary cost for the recruitment of a strategic profile
  • Amount
    max. €50,000 subsidy per year per growth trajectory

More information about SME growth subsidy

Development project

Subsidy for innovations that play a key role in achieving a business case that can strengthen your business.

Innovation as a motor for your business? Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship gives a helping hand to enterprises with a development project. 

Do you have an innovative idea that can lead to successful business in the short term, but are there still some challenges to overcome in developing this innovation? Come to us not only for advice, but perhaps also for some financial aid.

In summary

  • Who is eligible?
    SMEs and large companies
  • What is it for?
    staff and other costs related to a development project
  • Amount
    25 to 50% subsidy of the project budget with a minimum budget equivalent to support of €25,000

Research project

Subsidy for enterprises extending or reinforcing their research and development activities.

Via a research project, Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship provides subsidies to enterprises with which to develop or strengthen their research and development activities.

Specifically, this entails the agency giving subsidies for the implementation of individual projects by one or more companies. In doing so, the project starts with an innovative idea requiring new knowledge and whereby research and possibly development activities must be carried out.

In summary

  • Who is eligible?
    Enterprise active in the Flemish Region
  • What is it for?
    staff and other costs related to the knowledge development phase in an innovation trajectory
  • Amount
    25 to 60% of the project budget, with a minimum budget equivalent to a subsidy of €100,000

Strategic transformation support

Subsidy for investments and training that are essential for the implementation of the transformation project

Support for large investment and training projects targeting a transformation both of the enterprise and the Flemish economy.

In summary

  • Who is eligible?
    SMEs and large companies
  • What is it for?
    Investments and training courses that are essential to implement your transformation project
  • Amount
    Basic support of 8% for investments and 20% for training

More information about Strategic transformation support

Ecological and safe transport

Subsidy for investments in ecological and safe transport of goods by road

Enterprises that invest in aspects related to ecological and safe transport of goods by road may qualify for a subsidy from the Flemish government.

The support amounts to a maximum of 100,000 euros per enterprise for expenditure made in the three calendar years 2017, 2018 or 2019. The support percentage is a maximum of 80% of the eligible expenses.

In summary

  • Who is eligible?
    companies with a minimum of 1 vehicle of + 3.5 tons
  • What is it for?
    investments in ecological and safe transport of goods by road
  • Amount
    max. €100,000

Ecology premium plus

Investment aid for pioneering ecological technologies mentioned on a limitative technology list

An ecology bonus is a financial subsidy for SMEs and large companies realising ecology investments in the Flemish Region. With the ecology bonus, the Flemish government aims to encourage companies to organise their production process in a more environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient manner, and it will therefore pay a proportion of the extra cost involved in such investment. 

The ecology premium plus is a scheme that aims to support standardised technologies mentioned on a limitative technologies list.

In summary

  • Who is eligible?
    companies investing in the Flemish Region
  • What is it for?
    investment in effective ecological technologies (limitative list)
  • Amount
    15 to 55% of the extra cost of the investment, depending on the scope of the enterprise and technology

More information about Ecology premium plus

Strategic ecology support

Investment aid for companies realising a strategic ecology project

An ecology bonus is a financial subsidy for SMEs and large companies realising ecology investments in the Flemish Region. With the ecology bonus, the Flemish government aims to encourage companies to organise their production process in a more environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient manner, and it will therefore pay a proportion of the extra cost involved in such investment.  

The strategic ecology support is a scheme that aims to support technologies that cannot be standardized due to their unique business-specific nature and that therefore do not appear on the limitative technologies list of the ecology premium plus.

In summary

  • Who is eligible?
    small, medium and large companies
  • What is it for?
    non-standardisable, ecological investments
  • Amount
    20 to 40% of the extra cost of the ecological investment, depending on the scope of the enterprise and technology

More information about Strategic ecology support

Compensation for indirect emission costs

Compensation for high CO2 costs in electricity-intensive sectors

Companies in electricity-intensive sectors can have a high electricity bill as an indirect result of the European Union Emissions Trading System (EU-ETS). The Flemish government aims to resolve this competitive disadvantage by compensating a limited number of sectors for these CO2 costs.

In summary

  • Who is eligible?
    enterprises in electricity-intensive sectors
  • What is it for?
    compensation of higher electricity bill due to the transfer of indirect emissions costs
  • Amount
    variable, based on electricity consumption or production volume

Hindrance premium

A financial subsidy for small enterprises who face serious hindrance from roadworks

Hindrance from roadworks in the neighborhood of your premises? No need to take action. You will receive a letter from us should you qualify for a hindrance premium.

This premium offers some financial relief to small enterprises in order for them to be inventive when roadworks are carried out in the neighborhood of their premises. This allows them to inform their customers and to continue serving them during this period.

In summary

  • Who is eligible?
    small enterprise
  • What is it for?
    serious hindrance due to roadworks in the neighbourhood of the premises
  • Amount
    €2,000

Innovation mandates

Subsidy for strategic basic research by postgraduate researchers together with knowledge centres or companies

An innovation mandate is specifically intended to allow postgraduate researchers to carry out a project in close collaboration with the business world, whether this be with an existing company, or with a view to setting up a new company. 

The main part of the research project is the economic valorisation of the research and the continued development of basic research, in order to make the results applicable to companies, in other words, projects whose level of risk is still too high to be conducted as an R&D project.

In summary

  • Who is eligible?
    consortium between Flemish enterprise, Flemish knowledge institution and postgraduate researcher. The latter submits the request.
  • What is it for?
    strategic basic research project whose results lead to added value for the enterprise or inception of a spin-off
  • Amount
    50 to 100% of the staff and operating costs of the postgraduate researcher

More information about Innovation mandates

Baekeland mandates

Mandate for PhD research in close collaboration with an enterprise

With Baekeland mandates, we aim to give individual researchers the opportunity to carry out a PhD in close collaboration with business activity. On the one hand, with the Baekeland mandate, a Flemish company is involved; this determines the strategic orientation of the project and ensures co-funding. On the other hand, a Flemish university is responsible for supporting and awarding a PhD in accordance with the usual quality standards. The enterprise acts as the chief applicant at Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Once approved, the enterprise is offered project-based support. We co-fund the staff and operating costs of the PhD.

Baekeland mandates target researchers wishing to carry out a PhD project in close collaboration with business activity. Within this programme, we aim to encourage the PhD student’s mobility, not only between the academic and industrial world, but also internationally. The Baekeland-programme is open to mandataries from all scientific areas, of all nationalities and all ages. Researchers who have recently graduated may submit a request, but also those who have been working in an enterprise for many years get the chance to do a PhD within the Baekeland programme, whilst also being able to continue working in the business.

In summary

  • Who is eligible?
    consortium consisting of (at minimum) a Flemish enterprise, a Flemish university and a PhD student
  • What is it for?
    conducting a PhD project with added value for the enterprise
  • Amount
    50 to 80% of the staff and operating costs of the PhD student

More information about Baekeland mandates

Screen Flanders

Economic support for audiovisual works such as feature-length fiction, documentary or animation films, or fiction, documentary or animation series

By spending a portion of their budget in the Flanders Region, audiovisual productions can receive up to €400,000 in funding. In return, they agree to return a percentage of earnings to Screen Flanders. Applications can only be made in response to a specific call and must be submitted within a given period of time.

In summary

  • Who is eligible?
    audiovisual production companies that satisfy a number of conditions relating to both the applicant and the project
  • What is it for?
    the project must be a feature-length fiction, documentary or animation film, or a fiction, documentary or animation series
  • Amount
    up to €400,000

More information on screenflanders.be

Business terrains

Subsidy for the (re)development or (re)design of business terrains

Business activity is essential: companies generate added value, income and prosperity. However, such business activity requires space: workshops, storage units, offices, research infrastructure, starter centres, incubator buildings, building plots, etc. Business terrains and buildings are crucial for sustainable economic growth. Even so, such accommodation is not always easy to find. With the subsidy for the (re)development, (re)design or management of business terrains, we aim to do something about this.

In summary

  • Who is eligible?
    public and private developers of business terrains
  • What is it for?
    preparatory phase, (re)design of a business terrain or its operation
  • Amount
    subsidy of 50% to 85%

Incubators

Subsidy to set up shared business units providing accommodation for innovative starters

A subsidy is given to shared business units, providing accommodation for research-intensive starters, for use in furnishing the building.
The subsidy rule applies until 30 August 2019.

In summary

  • Who is eligible?
    shared business units for innovative starters
  • What is it for?
    furnishing and managing the incubator
  • Amount
    max. €1,000,000 for investments

Brownfield covenant

Not strictly a subsidy, but various benefits in administrative-judicial and financial terms for project developers

The Flemish Government promotes the redevelopment of abandoned business premises by agreeing covenants with project developers. Agreeing a brownfield covenant offers a number of advantages in administrative-judicial and financial terms.

The entire community benefits from the redevelopment of such brownfield sites into socially-responsible or economically-profitable sites. The redevelopment of these brownfield sites allows extra jobs to be created, gives a new lease of life to what otherwise was a socially-neglected neighbourhood, increases social cohesion and creates additional local income.

In summary

  • Who is eligible?
    project developers
  • What is it for?
    redevelopment of abandoned business premises
  • Amount
    various benefits in administrative-judicial and financial terms

Subsidies for innovation and R&D in an international consortium

Subsidies for international cooperation related to innovation and R&D.

In order to promote cooperation and coordination between the various research and innovation programmes of the EU member states and associated countries, the European Commission has a number of networks within H2020 that contribute to the realisation of the European Research Area (ERA). Thanks to the participation of Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship in these international networks, Flemish project partners can also gain direct subsidies from Flanders for their international collaboration related to innovation and R&D. The agency engages its existing support programmes to realise funding of Flemish partners within these networks.

In summary

  • Who is eligible?
    companies and/or knowledge institutions
  • What is it for?
    international collaboration related to innovation and R&D
  • Amount
    Specific per network or programme

Summary of international networks in which Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship participates

Development project on a pilot scale

Subsidy for development projects in the later stages of the innovation trajectory

Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship launches an appeal for development projects on a pilot scale. The aim is to build experience concerning the practical implementation of support in the later phase of business innovation trajectories.

The focus of this appeal lies on projects targeting pilot-scale/demo activities that are conducted on an individual enterprise level, as well as those within a partnership between two or more companies. This means that there is sufficient maturity at the start of the project (e.g. proof of concept on a smaller scale), but that commercial roll-out is not yet possible.

In summary

  • Who is eligible?
    companies with economic activity in the Flemish Region
  • What is it for?
    staff and other costs related to a development project
  • Amount
    25 to 50% subsidy of the project budget with a minimum budget equivalent to support of €100,000