Programme developed by the Burgos Chamber of Commerce partially funded with ERDF to promote innovation among the companies placed in rural areas of Burgos.
PROBLEM AND CONTEXT:
Innovation issues are not considered relevant among companies established in rural areas. A change in this business culture is necessary in order to improve competitiveness and create new economic activity to maintain population in these territories.
“InnoCámaras” Programme is an initiative developed by the Chamber of Commerce of Burgos with the economic support of the Society for the Development of the Province of Burgos (SODEBUR).
The ongoing edition (2018) is the fifth one (developed thanks to a bilateral agreement between both entities); the previous programmes were implemented in the years 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2017.
Two different phases:
1. Individual advice to prepare Innovation Diagnosis to know the competitiveness’ level of the business, the economic environment and the market. Activity 100% funded by the Programme (SODEBUR) - Local public cofinancing.
Selection process: all companies established in rural areas (less than 20.000 inhabitants) are accepted.
2. Funds for implementing any of the activity detected in phase 1 (establishment of quality, environment, food managment systems, ERPs, investment in new equipments...).
BUDGET: 7.000 € for every business (50% of ERDF and 50% of private funds – participant).
MAIN STAKEHOLDERS AND BENEFICIARIES:
Public entities co financing part of the activities and private companies (established in rural areas – municipalities with less than 20.000 inhabitants) as beneficiaries.
Collaborative agreement between a Chamber of Commerce managing ERDF funds and a local public entity co financing the activities. External providers to implement innovative solutions in phase 2.
PHASE 1: 50% ERDF + 50% SODEBUR. Around 2.000 € per participant.
PHASE 2: 50% ERDF + 50% participant.
Evidence of success
Four finished editions (2012, 2013, 2014 and 2017).
- 52 companies participating.
- 515.000 € used for Programme’s implementation.
Difficulties: lack of culture in innovation among rural companies (there are certain sectors more “open minded”);.
Lessons learned: successful initiative during four editions. The last edition included specific lines about ICTs and internationalization.
Potential for learning or transfer
Tool considered as good practice because of the good results obtained.
1. Tool for not only maintain economic activity but also create new jobs.
Fight against rural depopulation.
2. In situ advice/support for rural companies.
3. Co-financing 80% of implementation activities (innovation diagnosis for free).
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