Self-employed and micro-SMEs will be able to request the Digital Kit from this Thursday
The last stretch of digital-kitaimed at companies with less than three employees, will open this Thursday the deadline to request this aid of 2,000 euros for the acquisition of digital services for one year. The call has a budget of 500 million euros and comes after the sections of between 10 and 49 employees and 3 to 9 employees, where 77,500 and more than 53,000 applications have been receivedrespectively.
In the section of between 10 and 49 employees, all the requests that have not required rectification have been resolved, while in the section of 3 and 9 employees, the first 5,600 grants have already begun to be granted. Total, companies have been awarded more than 400 million euros, according to data from Red.es to which Europa Press has had access. The new call is aimed at the largest group of companies, with 2.8 million companies in this section, according to Yotramito’s calculations.
The Secretary of State for Digitization and Artificial Intelligence, Carmen Artigas, has highlighted, during his speech this week by the Budget Committee, that it is about the program having a “historic success”, in the face of criticism from Citizens and PP. The Secretary of State has stressed that the rest of the countries of the European Union have contacted her department to inquire about the model proposed by the Government, which puts digitizing agents and SMEs in contact for the delivery of services. Likewise, she has highlighted the importance of public-private collaboration so that aid reaches SMEs and these are encouraged to request them.
The program allows companies to contract web page creation services, cybersecurity, process management, electronic invoicing, ‘marketplace’ and advanced positioning on the Internet, among others with the more than 9,300 accredited digitizing agents. Likewise, since the last call, the possibility of finance ‘hardware’ for those projects that require, for example, the installation of sensors, as could be the case of an agricultural SME.
The Digital Kit has a endowment of 3,067 million euros from Next Generation funds. The government set itself the goal digitize one million SMEs. In recent months, the Executive has opened the door to a second call to extend the Digital Kit or the launch of new programs for medium-sized companies with between 50 and 250 employees or for the contracting of more advanced services such as artificial intelligence.
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