50K subsidy for external expertise or a strategic employee


SME Growth subsidy

Are you going to start a growth trajectory (internationalisation, transformation and/or innovation) with your company to ensure its future? VLAIO awards grants up to €25,000 for hiring an external consultant with the necessary expertise or recruiting a strategic employee on your own payroll.

The companies have the choice to call in external experts or to hire a strategic employee. The focus of the growth trajectory must be on innovation, transformation or internationalisation. The SME growth subsidy application must contain a well-founded approach, that indicates the SME will successfully develop the growth trajectory.

The expertise of the external consultants or the strategic employee is of great importance here. The subsidy amount is 50% of the total costs with a maximum subsidy of €25,000.

This applies both to external reinforcement (via consultant, knowledge institution or knowledge agency) and, internal reinforcement (the recruitment of a new employee).

Option 1: SME growth subsidy via external reinforcement

You hire a consultant (external) who helps your company to manifest your growth trajectory (internationalisation, transformation and / or innovation). The CV of the consultant is important to show that he / she has knowledge that is not available within your company. You will be reimbursed 50% of the total cost with a maximum of €25,000 subsidy.

Option 2: Recruitment of an (internal) strategic employee

To guide the growth trajectory in your company, you can also hire a new strategic employee. Here, too, it is important to demonstrate his / her knowledge on the basis of a CV and references. This employee must focus on the growth trajectory and must not take on a purely operational role. He / she assists the management to roll out the growth trajectory. You receive 50% of the gross wage costs with a maximum subsidy of €25,000.


50.000 euro

Maximum subsidy amount for SME Growth projects


2 types

Two types of grants, both for internal and external expertise.


60 days

It will take about two months until you know if you won the grant.


10 years

Venture Campus has 10 years of experience obtaining these types of grants.


What our clients say

"We weren't all too sure if we were eligible for grants from the government for our newest project. Venture Campus did the research and got us successfully funded!"

Gil Dejonghe
CEO at Smile Safari

"Venture Campus transformed our concept into a successful subsidy application. In addition, the collaboration was completely no cure, no pay. A genuine no-brainer for us."

Boris Bogaert
CEO at Pitchdrive

Focus on what matters, we'll take care of the hassle

Personal support for your projects
Free assessment of unlimited projects
+10 years experience in SME funding
No cure - no pay
Over 120 funded cases
85% succes ratio
/ Frequently Asked questions

Venture Campus makes the difference you need

What's the cost of hiring Venture Campus for funding my project?

We work with the no-cure, no-pay principle for most subsidy applications. This means that you only have to pay if the subsidy is awarded.

Does Venture Campus also work with start-ups?

Definitely! Startups are part of our regular customer base. We often provide leverage through subsidies on capital increases by investors.

What's the succes ratio of Venture Campus' funding services?

Just because we work via the no-cure, no-pay principle, where we are only paid for success, our success ratio is high. If we believe in your project, we do so based on our expertise with hundreds of other clients.

How can I check is my project is eligible for funding?

We analyze for free whether your project qualifies for subsidies. This can be done by telephone, via a video call or even via our subsidy robot.

I want to hire Venture Campus for my project, what's the first step?

We are happy to discuss the possibilities for subsidy in person. After signing the agreement, our work will start with the aim of submitting within 60-90 days. Contact us today to start your grant application!