MID vouchers: NRW support programme for small and medium-sized enterprises
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that digitize products, processes and services can now benefit from a special funding programme of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy of the State of NRW (MWIDE). Since June 2020, Mittelstand Innovativ & Digital (MID) has been offering vouchers. With these MID vouchers, SMEs from North Rhine-Westphalia have the opportunity to take advantage of support and consulting services and to be reimbursed for up to 80 percent of their expenses. This corresponds to a funding amount of up to € 40,000.
Examples of projects are:
- Networking of production processes and machines
- Generation of new product ideas and services through targeted customer studies
- Use of machine learning in production to increase quality
- Construction of prototypes
"With the digitalization voucher, SMEs from North Rhine-Westphalia have the opportunity to take advantage of consulting services from colleges, universities and institutes and to be reimbursed for up to 80 percent of the expenses".
Max Ellerich, Chief Engineer at the WZL
For years, the WZL has been accompanying, advising and supporting companies in digitisation measures and the introduction of innovative technologies into company procedures and production processes.
The vouchers are available for three subject areas: Digitalization, analysis and innovation. In the field of digitalization, for example, the focus can be on data acquisition, processing and autonomous decision-making to reduce waste, while in the analysis field studies on user acceptance of sustainable materials are conceivable. The establishment of pilot lines or the testing and validation of new or improved products in a representative environment are examples of potential projects in the field of innovation.
Regardless of the sector or field of activity, the WZL is an experienced and reliable partner for the implementation of the funded measures, combining and successfully dealing with the topics of innovation, digitalization and networking in the production environment and artificial intelligence in a way that meets the requirements of SMEs in a practical way.
"The WZL employees advise the companies individually which topic is suitable for them within the scope of the funding and develop a project plan together. From the application, kick-off and as-is analysis to implementation and with continuous, intensive exchange we help the companies to achieve their goal step by step".
Marie Lindemann, branch manager of Digital in NRW and employee at the WZL
Companies interested in consulting services from the WZL are welcome to contact Max Ellerich or Marie Lindemann.