ESPA: Digital Step

ESPA: Digital Step

Applications for the program are expected to start on 11th June aiming at the digital transformation of very small, small, and medium-sized enterprises.

Application Dates:

Start: June 11, 2018

End:  November 15, 2018 (3rd deadline extention)


Existing very small, small, and medium-sized enterprises, which prior to the date of submission of the application they meet the following requirements:

  • They are in operation for at least two (2) full consecutive fiscal years.
  • They have at least one (1) eligible activity code number not included in ANNEX IV NON-ELIGIBLE ACTIVITIES

Investment and Subsidy:

Total investments of 5.000 € to 50.000€

 50% of the eligible costs can be subsidized


The candidates should:

  • Have positive EBITDA for at least one of the last 3 years
  • Prove that at the time of the application they have cash at the bank or any other proof that they are able to cover 60% of the total costs of the investment themselves.
  • To operate legally having the appropriate license, in accordance with the applicable law
  • Not Submit costs that have been funded and are part of another program funded by Greek or EU funds
  • To make one investment proposal per tax identification number exclusively in a single region
  • Submit an investment project that concerns an eligible activity code number

Subsidized Costs:

  1. Supply, transportation, installation and operation of new machinery and other equipment necessary for the operation of the business and the provision of services
  2. Software customization
  3. Online shop:
  • In at least 2 languages
  • Mobile responsive
  • Ordering, storage, and electronic payments software
  1. Services related to:
  • Hosting (hosting, collocation)
  • Internet connection
  • Digital advertising (google ads, facebook ads)
  • Development of digital advertising material
  • Development and/or certification of digital security policy
  • Data transfer or software customization
  • Wage cost of employees (new staff)

Digital Business Ranking:

Each business before submitting the investment plan should complete a questionnaire and capture its existing digital status.

Based on its digital classification, it is automatically ranked in one of the four (4) digital tiers that define the levels of digital maturity according to the action guide.

The investment plan should aim to upgrade the business by at least one (1) digital step.

  • From digital classification (D) to (C) 
  • From (C) to (B)

This requirement excludes companies already ranked in Tier A (A)

Digital Maturity Questionnaire:

1 Internet Connection- VDSL (0,5), LL(1), Optical fiber (1)
2 LAN Networking (0,5), WAN/VPN (1)
3 Cloud Computing
4 Computer (s) (0,5), Server (s) (1)
5 Office equipment (printers, scanners, projectors)
6 Other technological equipment related to the business activities (eg Bar code readers, Interactive boards, 3d printers, tablets, set top boxes)
7 Web page
8 Connect with e- market places
9 Digital marketing (google ads, facebook ads)
10 Presence in Social media
11 E- shop/ booking system
12 Secure Payments
13 ​​​​​​​Software for e-invoicing
14 ​​​​​​​Office applications, Antivirus
15 ​​​​​​​Specialized programs that help improve production and business processes (ERP, SCMS, WMS, PMS)
16 ​​​​​​​Customized customer or company management programs (CRM, HRMS)
17 Specialized software relating to the business activity
18 ​​​​​​​Digital security policy

To see all the available subsidized programs click here

Contact us for further details:


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