To be eligible for the InterTradeIreland Challenge Programme your company should be:
An ambitious SME ideally with between 10 and 250 employees
Currently exporting or considering exporting
Serious about growth through innovation
Briefing events are open to all but for workshops and intensive mentoring preference will be given to ambitious companies with normally not less than 10 employees in the manufacturing or tradable service sectors.
State Aid implications
for SMEs (defined as < 250 employees, turnover < €50M, balance sheet < €43M ) participation in the intensive stage of Challenge equates to £6,500 of aid received under Commission Regulation (EU) 651/2014 GBER specifically Article 28 (2) (c) and Article 28 (4). Companies will be required to provide InterTradeIreland with an assurance that the total amount of aid for innovation and advisory support services does not exceed €200,000 within any three year period.
for large companies (defined as > 250 employees, turnover > €50M, balance sheet > €43M ) participation in the intensive stage of Challenge equates to £6500 of aid received under de minimis Commission Regulation (EU) 1407/2003. Companies will be required to provide InterTradeIreland with a declaration of all de minimis aid in the current and last 2 financial years (maximum €200 000).
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