You can now secure 16,500 euros in funding for your digital transformation - and we are an authorized go-digital agency ! We guide you through the jungle of funding applications and support you in driving the digital transformation in your company.
The go-digital funding program supports small and medium-sized companies that want to optimize their business processes with digital solutions in order to remain competitive in the long term. With us you can implement your projects in all important areas such as consulting, design, development and online marketing and accelerate your digital transformation.
close2 is a go-digital agency in Germany.
go-digital is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and is supported by the service provider EURONORM GmbH. Our goal is to support you as a small or medium-sized company (SME) and to advance your digitization. With the funding you will receive a grant of up to 16,500 euros, which you do not have to pay back.
Sounds good? Then we are the right partner for your support.
With close2, you have an agency at your side that takes care of the paperwork for you - and ensures a smooth application process right through to reporting. We live digitization and have been supporting small and medium-sized companies on their way to digital transformation for years.
The funding program is aimed at you as a small, medium-sized company. Our goal is to work with you to advance digitization. There are five subject areas for which you can apply for funding:
- Digitization strategy
- Data competence – go-data
- IT security
- Digitized business processes
- Digital market development
Please note that you have to schedule two person days for IT security for the go-digital funding. In concrete terms, this means that you invest 2,200 euros from your budget in this module. Of these 2,200 euros, however, 1,100 euros will be provided to you by the federal government.
We at close2 are authorized for the modules "digitalization strategy" and "data competence - go-data" mentioned in the guideline . For the "IT security" module, we will take care of finding the right contact person for you. You notice - the subject areas are very broad and there are many opportunities for funding.
Requirements to be met
To check whether your company is eligible, you can find the requirements here:
- You are a small or medium-sized company.
- Your company has a permanent establishment or a branch in Germany.
- Your company employs fewer than 100 people.
- Your annual turnover or your annual balance sheet total for the previous year is a maximum of 20 million euros.
- You're not a club or anything like that
- Within the last three tax years you have not received any aid of more than 200,000 euros (eligibility according to the de minimis regulation is given).
Your advantages with a go-digital agency
Why is close2 the right go-digital agency for you?
We are an authorized go-digital agency in Germany.
With us as a go-digital authorized agency, you save up to 16,500 euros in the digital transformation of your company.
Authorized: With close2 you have an experienced contact person - as an officially authorized go-digital agency and a large number of successful funded projects, you benefit from our expertise.
All in one: We are authorized for two modules "Digitalization Strategy" and "Data Competence - go-data". We will put you in touch with the right agency for the "IT security" module.
Concentrated experience: You benefit from 15 years of development experience in individual web software.
SEO power: We optimize your website for search engines (using GDPR-compliant traffic analyses) and evaluate the data and recommend measures to constantly improve your ranking.
On the safe side: We advise you on data protection and legal compliance.
Best practice solutions: We help you with industry-specific solutions on the subject of consent management (cookie and third-party management), hosting in Germany and secure e-mail marketing including an order data processing contract (AVV) and show you the fastest way to your goal.
Your advantages with a go-digital agency
As a consulting company, we take care of the application for funding for you – free of charge. This saves you an average of two days of work – that’s how long it takes to fill out the application.
Experience: You work together with an agency with decades of project experience.
Non-binding: We start with a non-binding and free consultation.
Solution finding: Together we look for the optimal solution for the implementation of your project.
To save time: You save two days of work because we fill out the application for you.
Save money: You get a grant of 50% that you don't have to pay back.
Cooperation: You take care of your customers - we take care of the implementation of your digitization projects.
How do we specifically help you as a go-digital agency?
All you have to do is provide us with a few documents that we need for the application - we will do the rest for you.
Why do you choose us?
Advice: Together we will look at your digitization project and see how we can best implement the project.
Application: Tiresome paperwork not your thing? No problem, we will fill out the application for you and check that everything is there.
Implementation: The plan is in place and now we are looking for the right experts from our team to implement your project.
You have already taken the most important step and contacted us. Now we will deal with your request or your implementation idea and advise you in detail on the possible approaches. Together we will put together an individual offer that meets your requirements . As an authorized consulting company, we not only take care of applying for funding, but also of billing and checking proof of use. According to the specifications for the realization of a go-digital project.
After the application has been sent, we have to wait 6-8 weeks before a grant is approved. As soon as this is done, we start with the implementation.
The go-digital funding program includes five modules for which you can apply for funding in the form of a grant: "Digitization Strategy", "Data Competence - go-data", "IT Security", "Digital Business Processes" and "Digital Market Development".
In general , up to 50% of 30 consulting days at a maximum of 1,100 euros are eligible for funding in six months. Depending on the project, up to 33,000 euros are funded, which means a grant of up to 16,500 euros. You can submit a new application one year after the end of the project.
Special feature: The topic of IT security, keyword data protection, is of great importance for the BMWi in times of increasing cyber crime. For this reason, two IT consultant days must always be scheduled for this.
The following requirements should be met for eligibility: As an SME, you have fewer than 100 employees, had an annual turnover/annual balance sheet total of no more than 20 million euros in the previous year, have your permanent establishment/branch in Germany and meet the de minimis regulation .
How does the go-digital funding work?
You show us where your challenges lie and we look for a solution together. We will then create a project and consulting plan for you, including time and money.
We take care of the application. You don't have to worry about anything - we only ask for the information that we really need. We will keep you up to date on the current application status.
After the application has been submitted, we have to wait 6-8 weeks before a grant is approved. As soon as this is done, we start with the implementation. As soon as the funding decision is available, we get started and the project can begin!
After the project has been completed, we will work with you to create a project report , which we will submit to the BMWi. The funding is paid directly to our consulting company and you only have to pay your own contribution and the VAT of the total volume.
Frequently asked questions about go-digital funding
Not sure if your business is eligible? Are you unsure how to approach your digital transformation? Are you looking for a reliable contact person to support you? If you are concerned with such questions, we are the right supporters. Together we will check whether you are eligible, work out a plan with you on how we can best master your challenge and implement this plan together with you. We are at your side as consultants and implementers.
Your contact details
Company details (official register entry, legal representative, number of employees at the time of application, previous year's turnover and balance sheet total)
Contact details of your contact person
A confirmation that your project is not otherwise funded
A short characterization of your company
The "Digitization Strategy" module ensures you the development or digitization of old or new business models or processes. The aim is to examine the digitization project with a needs analysis, a feasibility analysis and a risk assessment.
In the "Data Competence" module, you ensure that you actively participate in the developing data economy and the generation of new business areas. This is achieved by collecting and generating data, using data, using artificial intelligence when processing data and taking legal and security aspects into account when handling data.
The "IT Security" module is mandatory and must be covered in at least two person days. This module is about minimizing the threats of cybercrime. This is done by optimizing operational IT security management systems, measures to optimize the digital infrastructure and protection against viruses, malware and data theft.
The "Digital Business Processes" module ensures that you can outsource your processes digitally and make them more efficient. Digital workflows can be established in the form of e-business software solutions in accounting, warehousing or payment processes.
The "digital market development" module includes all measures that achieve an effective online presence for your company. This includes, for example, the development of an online marketing strategy or the mobile optimization of your website.
Your go-digital consultation consists of checking whether you are eligible for funding and advice on the implementation of your project within the three modules, the actual implementation and the application.
close2 is currently authorized for the modules "Digitization Strategy" and "Data Competence - go-data". The other modules "IT Security", "Digital Business Processes" and "Digital Market Development" are currently not released for authorization. As soon as this is the case, we will also be authorized here.
- Hardware/software: Supporting information technology such as hardware or software.
- Websites/shops: Pure development of websites or online shop systems.
- Sale of products: Consultations exclusively in connection with the sale of
Products or services by the consultant to the SME.
- Physical security: Technical and organizational services to increase physical security such as access control systems.
- Affiliates: All services provided to “partners or “affiliates
Company” are provided
Within the framework of go-digital, start-ups can be advised if they already have a clear business operation with sufficient sales.
The beneficiary company's own contribution (consisting of the funding amount plus VAT) must not exceed 20% of the previous year's turnover in order not to burden the company too much and to ensure an appropriate relationship between business operations and the scope of consulting. If the deductible exceeds 10%, additional explanations must be provided. The consulting firm is responsible for preparing these explanations.
A company benefiting from the "go-digital" funding program can apply for renewed funding under these guidelines two years after the end of the funding (date is the date of issue of the de minimis certificate).
The payment of the grant takes place after positive verification of the proof of use to the account of the consulting company.
At the same time, the beneficiary receives a de minimis certificate .