Flemish measures for life sciences companies

1. VLAIO grants: continuation of activities & relaxation of deadlines

What is the impact of COVID-19 on the deadlines for the evaluation of current files within VLAIO?

The activities of VLAIO will continue during this period. The VLAIO employees remain available via email and Skype.

Will VLAIO take into account the mid-term evaluation of files with delays within companies as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic?

  • Organisations that, as a result of the crisis, will find it difficult to meet the deadlines for grants awarded, can extend these deadlines. Deadlines can be extended by 3 months by sending an email request to your VLAIO contact.

  • A postponement can be given if certain milestones are not reached. This can be arranged by email with your VLAIO contact person.

Are there plans within VLAIO for specific project financing of COVID-19 specific projects?

At this time there is no specific project funding related to COVID-19 but as far as possible we will prioritize projects related to COVID-19.

We advise companies that are obliged to reduce their normal activities under COVID-19 to focus on writing and submitting innovative project proposals to VLAIO. After all, our life sciences sector is perfectly placed to provide solutions to this health crisis!


2. PMV's financial arsenal supports companies against the impact of the coronavirus

Following the outbreak of the coronavirus and the resulting security measures, many Flemish SMEs are experiencing financial difficulties. Even after the corona crisis, we expect it will be difficult for many companies to recover.

In order to guide Flemish companies through these exceptional times, the Flemish government decided to expand the financial strength of the Flemish investment company PMV to the maximum, by:

  • Expand the guarantee capacity for credit amounts to EUR 1.5 million by EUR 100 million to EUR 400 million

  • Double the guarantee capacity for credit amounts above 1.5 million euros to 3 billion euros

  • Provide an additional budget of EUR 250 million for subordinated loans

2.1. Guarantees

  • Corona Crisis Guarantee
    The "generic" guarantee scheme (for guarantees up to 1.5 million euros), which is marketed via PMV, will be expanded to 400 million euros in guarantee capacity, which is available based on a risk distribution of 75% Flemish region - 25% financial institutions.

  • Guarantee capacity of 3 billion via Gigarant
    Gigarant's guarantee capacity will be increased from the current 1.5 billion euros to 3 billion euros.
    For this crisis guarantee, the premium to be paid in cash will be reduced compared to the current Gigarant premium.

2.2. Subordinated loans

In addition to the federally provided bridging loans of up to 12 months (which alleviate liquidity needs in the very short term), there is a great need for financial instruments that create a medium-term financial buffer. The provision of subordinated loans over a 3-year period seems to be the most appropriate method for this.

The measure is only open to SMEs. The focus is on start-up companies and scale-ups that are important for the future of our economy and in need of strengthening their equity.

The measure is only intended for healthy companies. Only companies that in the short term bring their effective employment to a minimum of 80% of their workforce or keep their workforce that is at work are eligible.

PMV will detect companies that are eligible for the measure, together with the various private investment funds and partners with whom they already collaborate today.

2.3. Suspension of repayment of 860 SMEs

2.4. Financial assistance to companies
Read more at: https://www.pmv.eu/nl/financieel-arsenaal-van-pmv-ondersteunt-bedrijven-tegen-de-impact-van-het-coronavirus

3. Postponement of payment of property tax

In order to help avoid liquidity problems, property tax assessments for companies will only be issued in the autumn (from September on).


4. Compensation schemes for entrepreneurs

This new compensation scheme is aimed at companies and their suppliers who are allowed to continue to work but who, due to the restrictive measures, have a large loss of turnover that can be demonstrated: a loss of turnover of -60% in the period between March 15, 2020 and April 30, 2020 in comparison with the same period last year.

For starters, a decrease in turnover of -60% compared to the deposited financial plan is used.

The aid includes a one-off compensation of € 3,000.
There are a maximum of 5 financial compensations per company.

The application can be made through an online application on the VLAIO website. More information is currently not available.
To be notified when there is more news about this compensation scheme, you can subscribe to the VLAIO Corona news flash.

This information can be found at: https://www.vlaio.be/nl/begeleiding-advies/moeilijkhedencoronavirus/specifieke-maatregelen-mbt-het-coronavirus/coronavirus