Assistant - 1

Contact person 
Monika Usevičiūtė
Institution 
PE "Sunrise Valley"
E-mail 
monika.useviciute@sunrisevalley.lt
Country 
Lithuania
Do you want to share an instrument/policy or a knowledge Transfer practice? 
Innovation instrument(policy)
What are the following keywords/priorities which better fit the instrument/policy?  
Support to innovation management and advisory services
Indicate the country from which the instrument (or policy) is 
Lithuania
What is the title/name of the instrument/policy? 
Assistant - 1
Indicate the target group/beneficiaries of the instrument/policy 
Business organisations (Chambers of Commerce…)
Consultancies and other private service providers (non-profit)
SMEs only
What is the aim/objective? 
The measure contributes to the objective of the improvement of the vitality of the existing enterprises and support of entrepreneurship. The measure aims to support public business support service providers in improvement of the services and information quality and ensuring its relevance to business, and improve business conditions for SME’s and natural persons willing to start business. The activities supported by the measure are: the development of the entrepreneurship in the society, and especially among youth, support to the start-up creation and development; increase of the demand for public business support services (non economic activity), i.e. the development and dissemination of public information material or organisation and coordination of this activity; the development of public information portals, databases and content development and maintenance; participation in the activities of international organisations, engaged in the support to entrepreneurship; the provision of the information, consulting and other indirect support to the beneficiaries (starting the business; planning the business; search of financing sources; accounting; support for innovations; cooperation, technology development, technology transfer, business incubators services). The overall budget of the measure is €2.89m. The measure is administered by the Lithuanian Business Support Agency (LVPA). Eligible applicants (business associations, chambers of commerce and other entities meeting the eligibility criteria) can apply for a grant. Calls for proposals with a fixed deadline are launched. Proposals are evaluated according to the set of predefined criteria. By January 2012, about one third of total budget available for the period of 2007-2013 was reserved for the selected projects. Less than 1% of total funds was allocated to implement the projects (data of www.esparama.lt).
Give an overview of the instrument 
In Lithuania the level of entrepreneurship is very low (at the beginning of 2005, 16 active SMEs (excluding self-employed) per 1,000 population). Lack of knowledge and fear of starting a business are among the factors affecting entrepreneurship. Furthermore, it is noted that the growth of existing enterprises can be dampened both by increased competitive pressures and by such market deficiencies as limited financing opportunities and inability to conduct integrated research and innovation activities, participate in networks and supply chains. In most EU documents on SME policies, increasing of public awareness, development of business consulting and similar services as well as improving quality of and access to such services is recognised as reasonable and proper instruments for increasing entrepreneurship. Development of high-quality public services to business focussed on the elimination of market deficiencies is a precondition for ensuring a speedier growth of SME sector and competitiveness in Lithuania. As the infrastructure of public services for business is young, Lithuania should assume best foreign practices in the area of public services for business as well as instruments that have proved to be useful in order to promote entrepreneurship and reduce the aforesaid market deficiencies. The main problems of the Lithuanian business environment and the businesses’ activities, in particular innovation activities, are related to the: ■lack of working capital and insufficient access to finance (in particular venture capital financing) by businesses, in particular SMEs; ■underdevelopment of public services and related infrastructure necessary for the establishment of enterprises and business development; ■insufficient scope of attraction of FDI; ■insufficient promotion of joint activity forms (clusters, partnerships etc.). Therefore the set of measures supporting entrepreneurship was designed for the progamming period of 2007-2013, including improvement of business support services (namely, Assistant 1, Assistant 2, and Assistant 3).
What is the date of creation of this instrument? 
Thursday, January 1, 2009
Is the instrument/policy still active? 
Active
Identify the main outputs/results (quantitative and qualitative) of the implementation of this instrument 
Ex-ante indicators selected for the measure (at the end of the period 2015) at the result and product level: Result level indicators: ■The number of SME´s, that used public business support services - 1,000; ■The increase of the demand for public business support services in three years period after the project implementation - 5%; ■The share of natural persons (of total support recipients) that started the business in three years period after the project implementation - 10%; ■The share of SME´s (of total support recipients) that used the results of public business consultations in two years period after the project implementation - 50%. Product level indicators: ■Number of business environment improvement projects implemented - 120; ■The number of public information portals and data bases created - 5.
What is the co-financing/maximum rate allowed by the instrument/policy (if appl.)? 
N/A
Is this instrument/policy linked to a KT practice? 
No