Start-Up Nation


Non-reimbursable Financial Allocation – maximum 200,000 lei / beneficiary, an amount that can represent 100% of the value of eligible expenses (including VAT for non-paying companies) related to the project.

Eligible expenses: workspaces, vans, equipment, machinery, computers, furniture, website, software licenses, courses, consulting, etc.


Eligible beneficiaries

Companies (micro, small and medium-sized enterprises) that cumulatively meet, on the date of completion of the business plan, the following eligibility criteria may benefit from the provisions of the Program:

a) The beneficiary enterprises are the enterprises established by natural persons based on the provisions of the Companies Law no. 31/1990, republished, with subsequent amendments and completions, of the Government Emergency Ordinance no. 6/2011 for stimulating the establishment and development of micro-enterprises by start-up entrepreneurs in business, approved with amendments by Law no. 301/2011, with subsequent amendments and completions, or of Law no. 1/2005 on the organization and operation of the cooperation, republished, with subsequent amendments, no later than 3 years before the date of completion and online submission of the business plan and which meet, at the date of submission of the funding application, the eligibility criteria imposed by the field of de minimis aid and the eligibility conditions provided in the de minimis aid scheme which will be approved according to art. 5.

b) The beneficiary enterprises are the enterprises established after the date provided in par. (1) by natural persons who do not have or have not held the status of shareholder or associate in another small or medium-sized enterprise which carries out or has carried out the same authorized activity for which it applies under the program in the year preceding or in the year registration until the opening of the registration session.

c) are SMEs, according to the provisions of art. 2 and of art. 4 para. (1) lit. a), b) or c) of Law no. 346/2004 on stimulating the establishment and development of small and medium enterprises, with subsequent amendments and completions, which transposes into national legislation EC Recommendation no. 361 of 6 May 2003, published in the Official Journal of the EU no. L124 of May 20, 2003 (they have up to 249 employees and have a net annual turnover of up to 50 million euros or have total assets of up to 43 million euros, equivalent in lei).

d) are considered autonomous, related enterprises, partners or sole proprietorships;

e) have fully private share capital;

f) associates or shareholders holding several companies may apply under this program to only one company;

g) are registered at the Trade Register Office, have their registered office / office and carry out their activity on the Romanian territory;

h) the CANE code for which it requests financing is eligible within the Program and authorized until the moment of payment of the last request for reimbursement / payment, according to art. 15 of Law 359/2004 on simplifying the formalities for the registration in the Trade Register of natural persons, family associations and legal entities, their fiscal registration, as well as for the authorization of the operation of legal entities, with subsequent amendments and completions. The application for funding is made on a single CANE code;

i) they have no debts to the general consolidated budget and to the local budgets, both for the registered office and for all the working points, at the date of signing the financing contract, hereinafter referred to as the financing agreement; Applicants with staggered debts are not eligible to access the Program.

j) did not exceed the de minimis ceiling of EUR 200,000.00 during three consecutive financial years for a single enterprise, as defined by EU Regulation no. Commission Regulation (EC) No 1407/2013 of 18 December 2013 on the application of Articles 107 and 108 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union to de minimis aid and EUR 100,000 for three financial years for beneficiaries carrying out freight transport activities for third parties or for a fee. The ceilings apply regardless of the form of the de minimis aid or the objective pursued and regardless of whether the aid is granted from funds from the state budget or from Community funds.

k) is not in a state of dissolution, judicial reorganization, liquidation, forced execution, operational closure, insolvency, bankruptcy or temporary suspension of the activity;

l) have not been the subject of a decision issued by the European Commission / AIMMAIPE / other State aid provider / Competition Council to recover State aid / de minimis aid or, if they have been the subject of such a decision, this has already been executed and the debt fully recovered, with related penalties;

m) to create at least one full-time job for an indefinite period after the entry into force of the financing agreement and to keep the job occupied, in the project implementation location at least 2 years after the completion of the project implementation; If the job (s) created under the scheme are vacated for various reasons, or are suspended, after their creation under the scheme, the beneficiary has a maximum period of 30 days to fill the vacancy (s), keeping the number and the type for which he received a score in the business plan. The type of jobs allows changes in the reporting period between the unemployed, a graduate after 2012 or a disadvantaged person defined according to the legislation.

Types of financial aid

The Program finances the implementation of Business Plans, in descending order of the scores obtained, under the following conditions:

– Non-reimbursable Financial Allocation – maximum 200,000 lei / beneficiary, an amount that can represent 100% of the value of eligible expenses (including VAT for non-paying companies) related to the project.

The object of funding must fall into one or more of the following eligible categories:

a) Technological equipment, including PC-type IT technical equipment, consisting of: central unit, server, monitor, printer / copier / multifunction, including portable systems, business licenses, audio-video systems, except mechanical gambling , electrical, electronic, pool tables, vending machines.
Technological equipment, according to the scoring grid, means all the goods described in groups 2.1, 2.2. and 2.3.6. from H.G. 2139/2004 for the approval of the Catalog regarding the classification and the normal operation durations of the fixed assets, or inventory objects assimilated to the mentioned groups. In the category of equipment for which additional points are obtained, the following are assimilated: fixed assets and inventory items for playgrounds and gyms, fitness, x-body and strength, drones, artificial sports fields.

b) Acquisition of workspaces, production spaces and spaces for services and trade. The value of the asset to be acquired under the program will be based on an evaluation by an expert evaluator ANEVAR, except for mobile workspaces / production / services / trade. Assets in this category must not be for residential use at the time of acquisition. The category of spaces includes tents for organizing events and pressostatic balloons. ANEVAR report is not required for these expenses.


  1. Means of transport: cars, buses, minibuses, bicycles, mopeds, motorcycles, go-karts, UTVs, ATVs, caravans with or without motor, elevators, loaders, trailers and semi-trailers, platforms, isotherms and refrigerators, floating dock , seagoing passenger craft, pleasure craft, aircraft, vans and special purpose vehicles, except all G-symbol vehicles, in accordance with MLPTL Order 211/2003 as subsequently amended and supplemented. Road haulage vehicles are not financed at the expense of third parties or for a fee requested by undertakings carrying out road haulage.
  2. For the activities of rent a car, driving and piloting schools and taxi transport, the maximum value and the number of purchased cars is not limited.
  3. For other activities than those provided in paragraph (2), the cars are eligible for all activities within the program with the justification of the need to purchase them in the business plan, in an eligible amount of maximum 36000 lei and maximum 1 car / beneficiary.
  4. If the undertaking receiving the de minimis aid, in addition to the eligible activity for which it is requesting aid under the de minimis scheme, also carries out freight transport activities on behalf of third parties or for a fee, may not use the de minimis aid for the purchase of freight transport, unless it is ensured, by separation of activities or a clear distinction between costs, that the activity excluded from the scope of the scheme does not benefit from de minimis aid;

d) Acquisition of furniture, office equipment and systems for the protection of human and material values, according to group no. 3 of GD 2139/2004;

e) Acquisition of equipment, respectively specific systems in order to obtain an energy saving, as well as systems that use renewable energy sources to streamline the activities for which it has requested financing;

f) Acquisition of heating or air conditioning equipment, respectively systems related to the space for the activity of trade, production or services;

g) Salaries, utilities (electricity, water consumption, gas, sanitation, telephone and internet subscription), accounting services and expenses related to rents for work spaces, production spaces or spaces for services and trade;

h) Creation of a web page for the presentation and promotion of the applicant’s activity and of the products or services, online promotion of the site and domain registration expenses without hosting, for the economic operators that do not own another site and that must be functional at the date of submitting the application. issuance of the de minimis aid for the entire monitoring period, in an eligible amount of maximum 4000 lei; for the CAEN code 6201, the expense of creating web pages is not eligible.

i) Intangible assets related to patents, franchises1, eco-labeling;

j) Entrepreneurial skills development courses carried out in Romania or in another member country of the European Union – for the associate / shareholder / administrator / employees of the applicant company, in an eligible amount of maximum 1000 lei;

k) Non-deductible value added tax (VAT) for applicants who do not pay VAT according to the Fiscal Code;

l) Consultancy for the preparation of the documentation in order to obtain the financing within the present program and / or for the implementation of the project, in an eligible amount of maximum 8000 lei, settable in the last request for reimbursement / payment; This activity can be done before signing the financing agreement. Eligible consultancy service providers under the Program may be only consultancy providers that have the legal right to carry out this type of activity, respectively have the activity of consultancy in the statute or are enterprises that have as authorized activity to carry out one of the activities included. in CAEN code class 70. Companies, associates / shareholders of companies providing consulting services under the Start Up Nation program may not be suppliers for other eligible expenses under the program.

m) Software programs necessary for carrying out the activity for which financing is requested, including licenses, in an eligible amount of maximum 60,000 lei. Software for online commerce is eligible regardless of the CAEN code for which it is applying for funding, except for CAEN code 6201. The maximum eligible value for online commerce software is 20,000 lei out of the total expenses for software programs. For CAEN code 6201, the expenses with software programs necessary for carrying out the activity (custom software programs) for which funding is requested are not eligible.

n) Financial expenses related to the credits / guarantees obtained for the credits contracted by the beneficiaries in order to realize the business plans accepted within the program, for the applicants who use credit for the implementation of the project. These expenses are settled only on the basis of a request for reimbursement for the amount of financial expenses after the signing of the financing agreement, for the implementation period.

o) two obligatory information plates worth a maximum of 500 lei which will be placed as follows:

  • one inside the space from the project implementation location (indoor), in the place with the best visibility for visitors (reception, secretariat, waiting place, etc.)
  • one outside the space from the project implementation location (outdoor), in the place with the best visibility for customers, in addition to the space where the activity takes place (street facade, entrance to the building, etc.


  1. Mining / storage systems for cryptocurrencies, tablets and mobile phones are not funded.
  2. Expenditure on astrology and spiritualism activities, including online, personal services such as escort services, dating services, dating agency services, online video chat for marriage and psychological counseling, is not funded.
  3. In order to obtain the score, both the registered office and the location of the implementation must be in the type of locality for which it has opted. Also, throughout the implementation and monitoring period (3 years starting with the year following the granting of AFN) the registered office and the location of the implementation must be maintained in the type of locality for which it obtained a score.
  4. Under the program, an advance of up to 30% of the total eligible expenditure may be granted at the request of the beneficiary.
  5. During the contractual period of implementation and monitoring, the beneficiaries may not alienate the shares of the company in a percentage higher than 49%.
  6. The alienation of the shares is allowed only to individuals – individual investors – business angels, defined according to Law no. 120/2015 on the stimulation of individual investors – business angels, or who have not previously had any other company.
  7. Within the Program, a lump sum may be granted, at the request of the beneficiary, from the second tranche, which does not require the submission of supporting documents, for expenses related to salaries, rents, utilities and accounting services. The lump sum will be granted provided that a minimum of 2 jobs are created, for an indefinite period of time and full time, under the conditions established by the de minimis aid scheme provided in art. 5.
  8. In addition to the obligations laid down in the regulations in force applicable to any economic operator, the undertaking receiving de minimis aid under the terms of the Program also has the obligation to prove, at the latest at the time of submission of the last application for payment or reimbursement, contract of indefinite duration and full-time, of at least one job for which it benefits from financing, as well as the obligation to maintain it for at least 2 years after the completion of the project implementation.


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