Support to Entrepreneurship Development Programme

 

   1. Programme Objective 

Basic objective of this Programme is support to development of entrepreneurship. 

The specific objectives are as follows:

  • creation of new jobs by encouraging entrepreneurship and start-up businesses;
  • animating the target groups - young people, women, students, disabled persons, etc. to take the fate "into their own hands" and devote themselves to the business;
  • stimulating innovation and creativity of young people;
  • encouraging further growth of the existing SMEs. 

Investment and Development Fund of Montenegro JSC, in cooperation with the Ministry of economy, Directorate for investments, development of Small and Medium Enterprises and management of EU funds and the Employment Agency of Montenegro, announces non-financial and financial support for improving conditions for development of entrepreneurship in Montenegro. 

Objective of this credit line is to support interested parties planning to register their own business. In this way, they will be given the chance to finance a small business and to make it available to the market.

2.      Loan Purpose 

The loan is intended for different target groups: young people (the existing and future male and female entrepreneurs) who wish to develop their entrepreneurial ideas, women who want to ensure their existence and independence by establishing their own businesses, students who are able to start their own business even before they finish education, persons with university degree and persons with secondary school education, who are registered as unemployed with the Employment Agency, persons with disabilities and similar. 

Loans are intended for investments in fixed assets and working capital without limitations. 

IDF may finance up to 75,00 % of the total investment value. 

The applicants for the loan can provide their own share in the amount of 25,00 % of the total investment value within one year since the day of signing the loan agreement. 

Financial support shall not be approved for the following purposes:

  • Parts of investments intended for meeting personal needs;
  • Catering facilities exclusively serving drinks;
  • Newspaper and other occasional edition publishing activities, activity of producing and airing radio and television programs, activities of newspaper agencies and services of marketing and public relations agencies;
  • Acquisition of shares in other companies, stocks and other securities;
  • Gas and petrol stations;
  • Construction of residential and business units for sale;
  • Production and sale of military equipment or services;
  • Motor vehicle sale points;
  • Completed investments intended for loan obligations refinancing;
  • Banking and insurance;
  • Foreign exchange and securities trading;
  • Participation in projects violating internationally recognized employee rights, including safety at work, rules and procedures in Montenegro;
  • Any of the activities perceived as illicit or environmental and/or human health threat: gambling, tobacco, alcoholic beverages (except wine and fruit brandies);
  • Immoral and illegal activities.

3.      Loan Beneficiaries 

Loan beneficiaries may be business entities and entrepreneurs and all forms of organizing established by the Law on Business Entities, as well as subjects engaged in business activities governed by the rules of their corresponding area of activity (artisans, agricultural producers, PHI etc.) that operate less than 12 months from the date of submission of the loan application for credit. 

If the applicant does not have a registered activity, in case of approval of the loan by the IDF MN JSC, he/she must register his/her activity in some form of organization established by the Law on Business Entities, or as defined by the rules of their corresponding area of activity (artisans, agricultural producers, PHI and the like). 

End beneficiaries of these loan arrangements may only be applicants who have successfully completed training at the Directorate for investments, development of Small and Medium Enterprises and management of EU funds, the Employment Agency of Montenegro, as well as at ministries or municipalities. 

If the applicant is a legal entity (economic society), the legal entity itself and founders of legal entities may not hold more than 20,00% of the share in another legal entity, while in the case of entrepreneurs, the same must not hold share in another business entity of more than 20,00%.

Loan beneficiaries may not be legal entities with the share of legal entities in the ownership structure of more than 20,00%.

If the applicant does not have a registered activity, he/she may not have more than 20,00% of ownership in another legal entity.

Loan application can be considered before the applicant registers its legal entity, so that the decision on the loan is conditional, i.e, determine the time limit within which the applicant must register a legal entity. 

Right to a loan is not a guaranteed right and IDF MN JSC shall enact a decision on each Loan Application.

4.      Lending Method 

IDF MN JSC implements this Programme through direct lending to the loan beneficiaries. 

The Investment and Development Fund of Montenegro JSC implements this programme in cooperation with the Directorate for investments, development of Small and Medium Enterprises and management of EU funds and with the Employment Agency of Montenegro, as well as in cooperation with ministries and municipalities in the following manner. 

Directorate for Development of Small and Medium Enterprises and/or the Employment Agency of Montenegro will:

·         Prepare and implement specific cycles of entrepreneurship education for each target group;

·         Announce a public call for candidates to attend training cycles and make a selection based on the predefined criteria;

·         Prepare during the cycle of entrepreneurship education the business plan and other necessary documents on the basis of which one can will apply to IDF MN JSC for loans;

·         Follow implementation of business plans that are supported by the loan; 

Investment and Development Fund of Montenegro JSC shall:

·         Provide loan funds;

·         Give final decisions on the loan. 

Potential loan beneficiaries will collect the necessary documents with the support of the Directorate for investments, development of Small and Medium Enterprises and management of EU funds and/or the Employment Agency of Montenegro. 

After announcing a call for the Support Programme, the Directorate for investments, development of Small and Medium Enterprises and management of EU funds and/or the Employment Agency of Montenegro, will ensure to inform in detail all interested parties about the possibilities and steps of obtaining non-financial and financial support. 

Loan Applications that are not supported with mandatory defined documents shall not be taken into consideration.

5.      Loan Conditions 

Loans approved under this credit line shall be provided from the Company’s own credit potential.

 Direct lending:

·         Maximum amount up to €50.000,00;

·         Interest rate of 2,50% annually with the proportional interest calculation method;

·         Maximum term of 12 years (including grace period);

·         Grace period up to 4 years; 

Special lending conditions: 

·         For subjects implementing projects in northern municipalities of Montenegro and in municipalities below the average value of the development index in Montenegro, the interest rate amounts to 2,00 % on an annual level with proportional interest calculation method. 

In case of a direct loan arrangement that is fully supported by a bank guarantee, cash collateral or State (municipality) guarantee, such loan arrangement or its proportional part shall not be considered as exposure of the end beneficiary.

6.      Fees 

Fee amount 

·   0,30 % on the approved amount for subjects implementing projects in northern municipalities of Montenegro and in municipalities municipalities below the average value of the development index in Montenegro;

  • 0,50 % on the amount approved for projects implemented in other municipalities.

7.      Utilization of Loan 

Loan utilization period is up to 12 months.

Final utilization period shall be established on the case-by-case basis for each individual loan arrangement dependent on the real needs and the dynamics of investing.

Loan beneficiaries shall be obliged to a dedicated usage of loan funds in accordance with this programme and agreement signed between IDF MN JSC and loan beneficiary.

IDF MN JSC shall perform control of the dedicated usage of loan funds.

IDF MN JSC shall execute approved direct loans whose purpose is investing in fixed assets (and inventory) and working capital, by transferring funds to:

·         The supplier’s account or service/works provider or

·         Loan beneficiary account in tranches - in phases. 

Transfer of funds directly to the Loan Beneficiary’s account in tranches – in phases, means that, as a general rule, the subsequent transfer of funds will not take place until the Beneficiary justifies dedicated usage of prior realized funds under the approved loan.

Exceptionally, in case of refunds of the paid investments, the transfer of funds to the loan beneficiary's account may be performed as a single payment, in accordance with the present rulebook of IDF MN JSC.

 

8.      Means of Security 

As means of security, IDF MN JSC shall accept bills of exchange, mortgage over immovable property (the estimated value of the immovable property must be at least equal to the amount of the request loan), bank guarantees, local self-governments’ guarantees, guarantees of the Government of Montenegro, guarantees of credit rating legal entities, stocks of receivables , administrative bans on income, at least one solvent guarantor (depending on the amount of the loan and the guarantor's income),and other generally accepted instruments of security in the banking sector, in accordance with the Acts of IDF MNE JSC and decisions passed by competent bodies of IDF MN JSC. 

As an alternative security IDF MN JSC will accept the administrative ban on salaries for a minimum one, prudential guarantor (depending on the loan amount and salary of the guarantor). 

All costs with regard to providing instruments of security as well as of the execution of insurance-related tasks, deletion and retrieval of realized instruments shall be carried by the loan beneficiary.

9.      Required Documents 

Documentation required for applicants with registered activity: 

  • Loan Application;
  • A certificate of successful completion of training at the Directorate for investments, development of Small and Medium Enterprises and management of EU funds and/or the Employment Agency of Montenegro;
  • Investment programme in accordance with the methodology of IDF MN JSC, or an investment programme of an acceptable content;

·         Excerpt from the Central Registry of Business Entities - not older than 30 days;

  • Certificate on VAT registration, if the end user is subject to the VAT;
  • Valid Statute of the Company;

·         Authorization for retrieving data from the Regulatory Loan Registry of the Central Bank (RKR), including founders and related parties;

  • Valid form of certified signatures of persons authorised for representation (OP) and valid specimen signature card;

·         Tax Administration certificate on settled taxes and contributions – not older than 30 days;

  • A set of annual financial statements (Balance Sheet, Income Statement, annual account balance (Trial balance), analytical breakdown of buyers and suppliers), as well as the interim aforementioned reports for the current year, exception being the clients that are not subject to mandatory compilation of financial statements;

·         Official form for reporting on settlement of monthly taxes and social contributions for employees, verified by the Tax Directorate as evidence of the number of employees;

  • Proposal of the collateral;
  • Pro-forma invoices (photocopy or original) on procurement of equipment, inventory and working capital, preliminary invoices for construction works, preliminary agreements on purchase of real estate (IDF MN JSC shall not accept offers/preliminary agreements issued by natural persons, exception being purchase of real estate, offers/preliminary agreements issued by related parties or internal invoices). The documents in subject may not be dated more than three months from the date of the submission of the Loan Application. 

For the construction / upgrade / reconstruction of a business facility:

        Property list of the real estate where the investment in question is not older than 30 days;

        Building permit (equivalent to the law) which refers to the applicant;

        Proposed, pre-budget and bid for the execution of works. 

For the purchase of office space:

        Real estate list where the real estate that is the subject of the sale is not older than 30 days;

        Pre-contract / contract for the sale of real estate (certified by a notary); 

All documents, as a general rule, shall be submitted in Montenegrin language. 

Documentation required for applicants who do not have registered activity. 

For making a preliminary decision:

  • Loan Application;
  • Investment programme in line with IDF MN JSC methodology;
  • A certificate of successful completion of training at the Directorate for investments, development of Small and Medium Enterprises and/or the Employment Agency of Montenegro;
  • Confirmation of the Employment Agency of Montenegro that the applicant is registered as unemployed in the registry of the Agency;
  • Authorization for retrieving data from the Regulatory Loan Registry of the Central Bank (RKR);
  • A copy of the identity card of applicant;
  • Proposal of the collateral;
  • Pro-forma invoices (photocopy or original) on procurement of equipment and inventory and working capital, preliminary invoices for construction works, preliminary agreements on purchase of real estate (IDF MN JSC shall not accept offers/preliminary agreements issued by natural persons, exception being purchase or lease of real estate, offers/preliminary agreements issued by related parties or internal invoices). The documents in subject may not be dated more than three months from the date of the submission of the Loan Application.
  • Statement on household members; 

For the construction / upgrade / reconstruction of a business facility:

  • Property list of the real estate where the investment in question is not older than 30 days;
  • Building permit (equivalent to the law) which refers to applicant;
  • Priced bill of quantities and offers for execution of works. 

For the purchase of office space:

  • Real estate list where the real estate that is the subject of the sale is not older than 30 days;
  • Pre-contract / contract for the sale of real estate (certified by a notary);. 

For making the final decision:

·         Decision on the end-user registration in the Central Registry of Business Entities, or in the other registry of the competent authority or Excerpt from the Central Registry of Business Entities - not older than 30 days;

  • Certificate on VAT registration, if the end user is subject to the VAT;
  • Valid Statute of the Company;
  • Authorization for retrieving data from the Regulatory Loan Registry of the Central Bank (RKR);
  • Valid form of certified signatures of persons authorised for representation (OP) and valid specimen signature card;
  • Statement on affiliated persons [1] newly established legal entity;
  • Pro-forma invoices refer to a newly established legal entity. 

All documents, as a general rule, shall be submitted in Montenegrin language. 

Executive office of the IDF MN JSC retains the right to request additional documents.

10.  Other Provisions 

Additional rules applicable to this Loan Programme, which are not mentioned in this document, are defined in special acts passed by competent bodies of IDF MN JSC.

 

11.  Credit Line Validity 

This Credit Line shall be valid until 31 December 2019 or until it’s altered or terminated. 

President of the Board of Directors of IDF MN JSC 

 PhD Zoran Vukčević 




[1] Article 3 item 8 of the Law on Banks (“Official Gazette of Montenegro”, 17/08 of 11 March 2008, 44/10 of 30 July 2010, 40/11 of 8 August 2011) 

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