There are various schemes offered by different institutions in Mauritius. Some schemes are for business start-ups, whereas others are for those who want to grow or expand their business and having the intention to export. The Government of Mauritius implemented additional schemes to support SMEs in order to face the Covid-19 pandemic
SME Mauritius Ltd
Internal Capability Development Scheme
Support SMEs to improve in terms of efficiency of their value chain; responsiveness to customer requirements and market dynamics and overall competitiveness through professional or technical input.
- Grant value of 80% of total costs up to a maximum of Rs 150,000.
Technology and Innovation Scheme
Enable SMEs to continuously invest in Technology and automated production capabilities and create technology based integrated and sustainable SMEs.
- Grant value of 80% of total costs up to a maximum of Rs 150,000
- For registered young and women entrepreneurs (29 years), a full grant up to Rs 50,000 is applicable for any productive equipment, excluding ICT
SME Marketing Support Scheme
Support SMEs to improve their market accessibility and competitiveness in both local and export markets and respond to more stringent requirements of diverse customer bases.
- Administrative costs: grant value of 80% per transaction, capped to a maximum of Rs 15,000
- Others: grant value of 80% of total costs up to a maximum of Rs 150,000
- As at 4th Sept 2020, 5 applications have been approved for an amount of Rs 139,400.
Inclusiveness and Integration Scheme
Encourage SMEs to work together, favour inclusiveness, interlinkages and networking and collaborate and synergise for mutual benefit
- Grant value of 15% of the total value of the subcontracted service costs up to a maximum of Rs 100,000
SME Utility Connection Assistance Scheme (UCA)
Connecting SME operation sites to mains of utility suppliers (CEB and CWA)
- Grant value of 80% of costs up to a maximum of Rs 150,000.
SME Employment Scheme for Graduates and Diploma Holders
Aims at developing and at instilling entrepreneurial skills and aptitude among graduates as well as boosts the employability of young graduates. As from Sept 2020, the duration of placements is for a maximum of 10 months only and registered SMEs will either benefit from one graduate or one diploma, but not both.
SME Start-Up Programme
Aims to help aspiring entrepreneurs measure the potential of their business ventures before embarking on entrepreneurship. The training will take place once a week for one year and at the end of this support program, participants can launch their products or services as they will receive support from the institution. They will also be able to market their products or services in the buildings of SME Mauritius.
‘Vinn ou prop Boss’ Programme
It encourages those interested in starting their own business by providing them necessary information and tools in the Citizens Advice Bureau. The modules of this programme are ‘Idea generation business, Talent business, Legal issues, BRN registration and the holding of the SME Certificate’.
Made in Moris Scheme
A one-off grant up to a maximum of Rs 50,000 is available to SMEs towards certification under “Made in Moris” label.