The EU DigiTOUR is a project co-funded by the COSME Programme of the European Union, with the scope to support the digital transformation of the European tourism SMEs lagging behind in the adoption and full exploitation of the digital technologies in the tourism industry.
The project scheme was designed to help shape the next generation EU tourism SMEs to untap the potentials of the digital realm, enhancing cooperation in the tourism ecosystem for the development of new, innovative, and smart tourism solutions, products, services, skills, and new business models by the use of AI, IoT, VR and AR, and big data.
Any tourism innovative SMEs that complies with all the following requirements is allowed to submit their application for funding under this call. It is important to bear in mind that only one application per tourism innovative SMEs is accepted. In case that more than one application is submitted by the same company, the most recent application will be considered. The 3 compulsory requirements that have to be met to participate are:
A) To be a Small or Medium Enterprise (SME) as in EU recommendation 2003/361
B) To be a legally established tourism innovative SMEs and its main economic activity is in the Tourism sector as reflected in their NACE codes (I55* and N79):
C) Be registered in:
An application is eligible, if all the following criteria are met:
Rules for selection will be based on the following five key criteria, PLUS (6) the scrutiny and validation process by the Consortium related to the compliance by the candidate to rules under 1.4.1., D., E., F., G., H., I of the call text.:
At the call closure, the submitted applications will go under a first screen with respect to the basic eligibility requirements. The applications in line with the requirements, will be then handed over to 2 members from the Consortium partners who will be evaluating the applications with the support of the External Experts in 2 weeks time (by February 24, 2023). the Experts will be assigned randomly (post an accurate conflict of interest check) a sustainable number of applications. In case of ex-equo score, a Consensus meeting will be celebrated to decide on the final applicant/s to be selected.
Once the evaluation process is completed, all applicants will be informed via e-mail about the evaluation results even in case of acceptance or rejection together with an Evaluation Summary Report (ESR).
The following cases may only be possible:
A Letter of Acceptance shall be signed by the selected applicant within 7 days after receiving the notification, otherwise the applicant’s interest in participating in the Programme will be considered withdrawn and its spot will be offered to the next ranked applicant from the reserve list.
According to the final ranking, the shortlisted applicants who confirmed their participation in due time will be informed and called out to start the EU DigiTOUR Transformation programme: a 3 months (hybrid) incubation, acceleration and scaling-up paths each running in parallel (2 cohorts; innovative SMEs will be assigned to the right path according to their maturity stage).
Max 2 members of the staff from the tourism innovative SMEs will be accepted to the programme.
At the end of the cohorts (June 2023), an Advisory Board will be called out for selecting the best innovative SMEs from the cohorts during a DEMO Day (July 2023) organised for the purpose and gathering together all the tourism innovative SMEs attending the progamme from the different participating countries (Italy, Germany, Croatia, Slovenia).
Based on the pitch presented so far during the DEMO Day, and the evaluation from the Advisory Board, a list of winners (up to 30 tourism innovative SMEs) will be consolidated, and winners announced over the social media and by the dissemination of press releases.
Winners will be granted to a voucher up to EUR 10,000.00.
The ultimate objective shall be to support the digital transformation of traditional tourism SMEs by the knowledge sharing, and the use of the disruptive solutions from the tourism innovative SMEs selected, focusing on AI, AR/VR, IoT, big data and cooperating together during the Hackathons. The final purpose is to improve the tourism SMEs competitiveness, mastering digital technologies to improving the quality of their services. With this purpose, the tourism innovative SMEs could use the voucher to improve their products/services/process according to the following activities:
It has to be remarked that the purchase of physical infrastructure, goods, are not eligible for the present call.