Startuok

What are the benefits?

When INVEGA grants loans “Startuok” financed by the European Regional Development Fund, it aims to grant the resources needed by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) operating for the period not exceeding three years and SMEs engaged in social impact projects and operating for the period not exceeding five years to finance their projects when new activities are started or when the existent activities are to be strengthened or expanded.

Who is eligible?

SMEs that comply with the SME status defined in the SME Law, and:

  • that have been operating for the period not exceeding three years from the day of registration of an enterprise or self-employment;
    or
  • that are implementing the projects of social impact and that have been operating for the period not exceeding five years from the day of registration of an enterprise or self-employment.

Submitted documents and information Self-employed businessman operating less than 3 years Enterprises operating less than 3 years Enterprises engaged in the projects of social impact and operating less than 5 years
Application
Declaration of SME status signed by a manager
Declaration of a single company*
Letter of the private sponsor intending to take part in the project (not applicable when all the funds covering the share of the private investor are those of the borrower. In such a case, such information has to be substantiated in the business plan)
Documents describing a business operator: registration documents, regulations, copy of the manager’s personal identity document, information about shareholders (owners, beneficiaries). Relevant structure of borrower’s shareholders and a document in a free form stating relations between the business operator and associated enterprises.
Registration documents on self-employment of the businessman, copy of the personal identity document, and a document in a free form stating relations between the businessman and associated enterprises
Business plan (in free form)
Clear and measurable key indexes of positive impact of social business have to be provided in the business plan of the company engaged in a project of social impact
Interim financial report of current financial year or equivalent documents if businessmen or enterprises have been operating for less than a year
Financial state and forecasts of business operator (Annex No. 1 to the Description)
Decision of the business operator’s management body to receive a loan, to mortgage property, and to assign the persons authorised to enter into the contract with INVEGA

* Declaration of a single company shall be submitted by a medium-sized, small or microenterprise operating less than five years.

The financed project has to be recognised as economically substantiated and paying dividends by INVEGA in the course of evaluation of the respective application.

Terms

The loan contract has to be signed before 30 June 2023 and paid out not later than on 31 December 2023.

Requirements for applicants

You may apply for the loan if:

  • You represent a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) operating for the period not exceeding three years or a SME engaged in social impact projects and operating for the period not exceeding five years.
  • You are operating in the Republic of Lithuania or another EU Member State.
  • In case of loans up to 25 000 euro, you are not a micro-, small enterprise or a businessman who satisfies the requirements of SME status and you have not been operating for less than 1 (one) year. If you are a micro- or small enterprise, you have been operating for less than 1 year, and you are applying for financing up to 25 000 euro, you should apply for a preferential loan granted under the tool “Entrepreneurship Promotion Fund 2014-2020 financed by the European Social Fund”.
  • You satisfy the minimal criteria of reliable taxpayers.
  • You are not an enterprise going bankrupt, in the course of restructuring or liquidation.
  • You have not received an illegitimate aid that would be recognised by the European Commission as illegal or incompatible with the internal market, or you have repaid its total amount, including interest, in accordance with the legal acts.
  • At the time of application, you are not a business in difficulty and you have submitted the set of financial reports of the last financial year to the Centre of Registers (not applicable for SME that has been operating for less than 1 year).
  • You have submitted all the required documents.

A borrower is not considered to be a business in difficulty if it is a micro- or small enterprise, if no collective insolvency procedure is applied for it, and if it has not received any rehabilitation or restructuring aid. Besides, the borrowers cannot be the entities going bankrupt, in the course of restructuring, and they have to satisfy other requirements.

Business operators engaged in projects of social impact Micro- or small enterprise operating less than 5 years* Medium-sized enterprise operating less than 5 years
The loan is granted According to the General Block Exemption Regulation According to the Regulation de minimis
Applied provisions of the Regulation
  • The borrower and the group of companies (if the borrower belongs to a group of companies) are not a business in difficulty at the time of application.
  • The State aid of certain amount may be granted to the borrower according to the provisions of the General Block Exemption Regulation.
  • No collective insolvency procedure is imposed on the applicant at the time of application.
  • De minimis aid of certain amount may be granted to the borrower according to the Regulation de minimis.

* In compliance with the requirements of Paragraph 2 of Article 22 of the General Block Exemption Regulation.

How much?

  Business operator of less than 3 years Business operator engaged in projects of social impact
Age of enterprise or self-employment Up to 3 years Up to 5 years
State aid Not applied Applied
Interest rate of the loan According to the confirmed pricing Discount of 30 percent from the price confirmed in the pricing
In case of investment financing Loans up to 3 000 000 euro. Loan’s term is 120 months.
In case of supplementation of circulating assets Loans up to 200 000 euro. Loan’s term is 36 months.

The loan’s interest is partially fixed. The share of partially fixed interest is determined according to the publicly available interest calculation methodology applied for loans granted by INVEGA. It depends on the borrower, hazardousness of the project under implementation, amount of loan’s securities, and term of the loan.

Preliminary calculator of interest rate

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At least 20 percent of the project’s expenses have to be covered by private sponsors, where at least 10 percent of the project’s expenses have to be covered from the borrower’s funds. The private sponsors may take part in the project by granting a loan to the borrower for the project’s implementation. Own funds of the borrower are also considered to be private financing.

The number of loans granted to one borrower shall not be limited.