ICT & Business Support Programme - Call III - EXTENDED

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CzechInvest - Operational Programme Enterprise and Innovation offers businesses CZK 1.5 billion for development of information technologies and business support services …

CzechInvest - Operational Programme Enterprise and Innovation offers businesses CZK 1.5 billion for development of information technologies and business support services

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  • 1. ICT and Business Support Services Programme Call III – extendedThe ICT and Business Support Services programme is focused on the development of theinformation and knowledge society through support for the supply of new ICT products andservices.The programme’s objectives are to promote the development and competitiveness of strategic sectorsin the Czech Republic, increase their competitiveness on the international market and support theincreased availability of ICT solutions, new software products and services, shared-services centres,high-tech repair centres and high-tech data centres.Planned schedule  Acceptance of Registration Applications: 1 October 2011 – 15 January 20121  Acceptance of Full Applications: 1 November 2011 – 21 March 2012  End of Call III – extended: 21 March 2015Supported activities  Creation and development of IS/ICT solutions and applications.  Establishment and development of shared-services and data centres2 with a substantial international focus.  Establishment and development of high-tech repair centres for products and technologies.Applicant  Newly established or expanding entities: o Legal entity (specific supported forms are defined in the Call) with its registered office in the Czech Republic and operating in accordance with Act No. 513/1991 Coll., the Commercial Code, or o Natural person with his/her place of business in the Czech Republic entered in the Commercial Register in accordance with Act No. 513/1991 Coll., the Commercial Code.  The applicant must be authorised to conduct the business activity corresponding to the submitted project (i.e. the chosen supported activity).1 The Governing Body reserves the right to prematurely terminate the acceptance of Registration Applications in the event that the financialvolume of submitted Registration Applications significantly exceeds the amount of the planned allocation for this Call.2 A data centre is understood as a centre which has optimised electricity consumption and uses economical hardware and virtualisation thereof. A data centre provides leasing and operation of applications, including leasing of computer capacity in a highly secure environment. 1
  • 2. Basic provisions of the Call  Minimum amount of investment in long-term assets amounts to CZK 0.5 million or CZK 1 million or CZK 3 million (depending on the size of the enterprise – small/medium-sized/large).  Creation of new jobs (positions directly related to the project; the number of positions depends on the type of activity and the size of the enterprise, see the table below). Minimum number of newly created jobs Supported activities Small Medium- Large enterprise sized enterprise enterprise Creation and development of IS/ICT 3 5 10 solutions and applications High-tech repair centres for products 5 15 25 and technologies Shared-services centres, 10 20 40 data centres  Beneficiary must retain supported jobs and assets for a period of at least five years (three years in case of SMEs3).  The project must be implemented in the Czech Republic outside the territory of the city of Prague.  Only one project is allowed in a certain region (NUTS III4) per call.  The financial health of the applicant expressed by the rating evaluation conducted by the mediating entity (CzechInvest) cannot be lower than C+. o If an applicant is a newly created entity, the rating evaluation is processed for the entity (entities) having a controlling interest in the applicant.  If the parent company is not registered in the Czech Republic, the applicant is obliged to provide the following documents on the date of submission of the Registration Application: 1. Rating of the parent company determined based on the evaluation scale according to Moody’s or Standard & Poor’s, 2. Auditor’s report for the last two closed accounting periods (including balance sheets and income and expense statements).Activities for which support shall not be granted:  Establishment and development of shared-services centres without a substantial international focus  Establishment and development of IS/ICT design and implementation centres  Establishment and development of customer support centres  Creation of websites (web design)  Server rental  Telecommunication services3 SMEs = Small and medium-sized enterprises4 NUTS = Common classification of territorial units for statistics 2
  • 3.  Development of specific software (firmware) – this activity is supported within the Potential ProgrammeEligible costs  Must be expended in accordance with the goals of the programme and must directly relate to the implementation of the project.  Must be expended no sooner than on the date of eligibility of the project5. OPTION I OPTION II Wages, insurance Long-term tangible assets and – gross wages of employees in technical appreciation newly created positions – purchase of buildings (max. 50% of – mandatory social-security and total eligible investment costs) health insurance contributions – purchase of land (max. 10%) paid by the employer – hardware, networks and other ICT components Long-term intangible assets – software, licences, know-how (max. 50% for large enterprises) Selected operating costs (beyond options I and II) – real estate rental – services of experts and consultants, expert studies (eligible cost max. CZK 3 mil., maximum aid intensity 50%, for small and medium-sized enterprises only), – access to information and databases – de minimis aid, for small and medium- sized enterprises only.Form and amount of support  A subsidy for all eligible costs is provided in the maximum amount according to the Regional Map of State Aid Intensity for the period 1 January 2011 – 31 December 2013 (see map on page 4).  Support is provided in the form of a subsidy in the amount of CZK 1.5 – CZK 100 million. Projects implemented in regions with concentrated state aid can receive a subsidy of up to CZK 150 million.  A subsidy is provided to the beneficiary retroactively following the completion of the project or completion of a phase thereof provided that all conditions set forth in the Decision to Grant a Subsidy have been fulfilled.5 The date on which the provider of the subsidy or the mediating entity confirms to the applicant, in writing, that the project essentially fulfils theprogramme’s conditions of eligibility. 3
  • 4. Maximum permissible state aid intensity(valid for the period 1 January 2007 – 31 December 2013) Medium- Small Large NUTS II Region sized enterprise enterprise enterpriseNorthwest, Central Bohemia, Northeast, 60% 50% 40%Southeast, Central Moravia, Moravia-SilesiaSouthwest 50% 40% 30%Prague 0% 4