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T-box x SHOPLINE digital marketing workshop series: “Exploring Cross Border eCommerce”

With the popularity of mobile phones and the impact of COVID-19, global trade has transformed and cross-border e-commerce has developed rapidly. SMEs could take this advantage to expand overseas markets and increase turnover. Representative from SHOPLINE will share tips for cross-border e-commerce, how to select overseas target markets and create successful cross-border marketing strategies. In addition, speaker will share worldwide payment and logistics integration service, as well as successful cases to help SMEs in exploring overseas business opportunities. Speaker:Mr. Plato WaiGeneral Manager, Hong Kong, SHOPLINE A veteran in the startup scene in Hong Kong, Plato has started his entrepreneurship journey since 2010. He has founded a few startups, including Wynd Co-working Space in Central, and this is also where he first met the SHOPLINE founders. Eventually he joined SHOPLINE in 2016 with an ambition to help it growing to the next level. Plato is also a columnist for online media Startupbeat and Stand News in Hong Kong. He is a Carnegie Mellon Graduate and has spent 5 years in investment banking. Event Conducted Language: Cantonese (No simultaneous interpretation service provided)

STEP Info Session: "STEP into HKSTP startup community"

A new cohort of STEP will be opened on next Monday.We are looking for Entrepreneurs-to-be with innovative tech-ideas and seeking a chance to realise their ideas. A sharing session will be held for interested teams to learn more, you may find the details below. Topic: STEP into HKSTP startup community Date: 20 May 2021Time: 1:00 – 2:00pmLanguage: Cantonese

Young Founders’ Camp

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Inno-dictionary: “Angel Investors”

“Angel Investors”   Definition: “Angel Investors” are people who provide angel investments to potential startups. Angel investors provide not only funding but also business networks and operational experiences and advices to startups.   Etymology: Why would the term “angel” be used for “angel investors”? The jargon “angel” originally comes from the Broadway theatre, which was used to describe investors for theatrical productions. In 1978, Professor William Wetzel in the U.S. began using the word “angel investors” to describe individuals who provide funding support for startups.   More information: Investment Matching Gatherings (IMGs) are held frequently by Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks and Cyberport to connect angel investors and entrepreneurs. For more information on angel investors, please visit Startmeup.hk.     Source: Innovation and Technology Bureau HK Facebook Page   Published by the Innovation and Technology Bureau HK Facebook Page, the “Inno-dictionary” series aims to facilitate startup newbies to understand the jargons related to entrepreneurship as well as innovation and technology.

2021 GOVirtual Business Expo & Conference

Responding to the China and HKSAR governments’ strategic vision and development blueprint for the Greater Bay Area (GBA),GOVirtual Business Expo is a professional exhibition and conference event aiming to be the platform for tech companies and business enterprises in the area to exchange ideas, collaborate and foster partnerships; for tech professionals and solution providers to interact with existing and potential clients and partners; and for helping corporate executives in the GBA unlock and capture the boundaryless potential of virtual business, which becomes ever so critical in the post pandemic economy. The GOVirtual Business Expo targets to become the perfect physical platform for:- encouraging advancement and realization of digital transformation of businesses in all sectors;- inspiring creative ideas and innovation that will bring disruptive changes to businesses;- promoting utilization of 5G technologies by various trade and business sectors to transform from offline traditional practices to innovative online operations.GOVirtual Business Expo consists of 8 impactful exhibit categories:- Disruptive Business Innovations- eCommerce- Marketing Technology- Digital Sales Management- Payment & FinTech- Supply Chain & Logistics- Technologies for Virtual Meeting, Events & Exhibitions- Live Streaming & Online Entertainment

International ICT Expo 2021

Hong Kong International ICT Expo provides an ideal platform for ICT solution providers to meet with over 34,000 visitors from 137 countries and regions looking for the latest solutions to help their business grow. A record number of 610 exhibitors from 14 countries and regions were featured at the 2019 event, including group representations from Canada, France, India, Korea and the Mainland China. The Expo will showcase cutting-edge solutions including Smart Mobility, Smart Living, Smart Environment, Smart People, Smart Government and Smart Economy. Providing a great platform for exchanging innovative concepts and current technologies as well as connecting Governments and related organisations with IT companies, Startups, Research Centres and Universities.

OPEN CALL FOR TECH VENTURES - Global Matching 2021

Global Matching 2021 is the third biannual business and investment matching event, co-hosted by Global Acceleration Academy (GAA) and HKSTP Investment Platform under Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP). It positions as the launchpad for corporate buyers and regional investors to match potential startups and technology ventures worldwide for sourcing the best fit market-proven solutions and valuable portfolios.     Scouting for innovative and established solutions from international startups and technology ventures in tackling the challenges of corporate buyers and forging connection with regional investors via our Hybrid one-on-one matching sessions.Act now to elevate your business!  

“Start-up Express 2021” opens for applications

If you have started a business in the innovation and technology field with a desire to enter the Mainland or Asian markets, it is your chance to step up by enrolling the “Start-up Express 2021” launched by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council.   Your startup is eligible to apply “Start-up Express 2021” if it: has been established for less than five years; has raised less than US$10 million in funding; and has core or substantial operations in Hong Kong with a focus on eight types of innovation and technology listed below:   40 start-ups shortlisted will be able to join a series of capacity building workshops to grasp latest market intelligence and essential business skillsets. Finalists will be invited to present their entrepreneurship idea at the final pitching and Q&A contest. 10 winning start-ups will have the opportunity to participate in exploratory mission to start-up hubs, local and overseas trade promotions etc. Winning start-ups will also benefit from power meet‐ups with business leaders and extensive media coverage. One-on-one business matching meetings will also be provided to explore business opportunities with potential investors and partners.   The application of “Start-up Express 2021” will be closed on May 12. For eligibility and application method, please visit the official website.  

[We Venture] How to apply a startup funding of up to HK$600,000

Wish to start your own business?  The Youth Development Commission has rolled out the “Funding Scheme for Youth Entrepreneurship in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA)” under the “Youth Development Fund”, which aims at providing a capital subsidy of up to HK$600,000, as well as entrepreneurial support and incubation services that befit the needs of young people who are about to start their businesses in Hong Kong and Mainland GBA cities. Read the following easy guide to learn more details of the scheme.   Eligibility criteria#: Youth aged between 18 and 40 Hong Kong permanent resident Start-ups that have not been in operation or have been in operation for not more than 3 years Business registration in Hong Kong Having a planned/established business in Hong Kong and/or Mainland GBA cities (start-ups may set up their business in Mainland GBA cities and/or in Hong Kong)#Individual NGOs may prescribe additional application conditions. Please refer to the project details of the relevant NGOs.     Funding Amount: Each start-up may receive a capital subsidy of up to HK$600,000     Entrepreneurial support and incubation services*: Assistance for settling entrepreneurial bases in Hong Kong and Mainland GBA cities Entrepreneurial guidance and business know-how Professional consultation services Business networking Market and supply chain development services Concessionary and facilitative measures for youth start-ups in various cities*Each youth entrepreneurship project lasts for a maximum of 3 years     Application Method: A total of 16 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are funded under the scheme to implement youth entrepreneurship projects. Individual funded NGOs may further prescribe additional requirements for applicants (such as business nature, affiliation with the institutions, etc.). Interested applicants may refer to the We Venture website.   You may also watch the following video for more information of the Scheme:

Start-up Express 2021

Who can apply? • Start-ups with less than 5 years of establishment;• Star-ups raising less than US$10 million in funding;• Start-ups with core or substantial operations in Hong Kong;• Tech start-ups focusing on one of these aspects: AI & Robotics; AR & VR; Big data; Fintech; Green tech; Health tech; Retail tech; SmartCity tech What to expect? Capacity building workshopsGrasp latest market intelligence and essential business skillsets. Power meet‐ups with business leadersMeeting with renowned business leaders to gain insight and tips. Exploratory mission to start-up hubsVisiting high potential start-up hubs to explore market potentials. Local and overseas trade, technology and start-up eventsParticipate in local or overseas trade promotion and start-up events. Extensive media coverageMedia coverage for winners to enhance brand awareness. Business matchingOne-on-one business matching meetings with potential investors and business partners. Becoming alumni of HK Startup SocietyBenefit from resourceful platform for the elite start-ups.

Cyberport Academy: Free Resources for Entrepreneurs

It’s easy to start your own business with Cyberport! The Cyberport Academy has launched a new online platform which connects the world's top technology learning resources and offers a wide range of enrichment courses, training programmes and internship opportunities for students, teachers, youth, entrepreneurs and practitioners from all walks of industries. Check out the four useful resources below from the platform! Free Online Learning Tools Provided in Partnership with World Class Platforms The Academy  partners  with global technology  giants  AWS,  IBM  and  Microsoft to offer a  free  online  learning  portal "AIM for Students". Secondary  school  students  and  university  students  can  keep  themselves  updated  with latest technology trends and knowledge, while teachers can embrace EdTech by utilising the platform to create an interactive learning environment. Free Online Entrepreneurship Learning Platform The online portal is connected to the Startup School of Y Combinator, a leading start-up accelerator in the United States. Start-ups can get chances to connect with internationally renowned  start-ups  such  as  Airbnb,  Stripe  and  Coin base,  and  get  access  to  free entrepreneurial  advice  and  consultations. Certificate courses and workshops Provide recognised training programmes and courses including accredited programmes, special short courses, seminars, workshops, delegations, etc. The programmes cover areas in innovation and technology including FinTech and Smart Living with the aim to provide students with credible qualifications and level hierarchy recognition. Talent cultivation programmes Cyberport Academy provides internships and career opportunities, including collaborating with faculties in various tertiary institutions and encourages university students to participate in multi-disciplinary credit-bearing externship programmes to gain hands-on experience in managing start-ups. There are also internships and entrepreneurial activities such as Cyberport Digital Tech Internship Programme and Cyberport University Partnership Programme. The Academy also holds annual Career Fair to further connect the I&T industry with job seekers and cultivate tech talents. Please stay tuned for the latest updates on the official website of Cyberport.

Cyberport Angel Investor Pitch Programme

Who should joinStart-up companies would like to learn the key topics/ factors that an entrepreneur needs to build a successful start-up, learn to deliver an effective investor presentation, plan to fine tune, commercialize and seek for investor funding for their MVPs to the markets. Lecturers: MS GIGI WANGIndustry Fellow, UC Berkeley Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology / Managing Partner, MG TEAM LLC / Board Member, MIT/Stanford Venture Lab / Start-up Expert & Mentor MR BILL REICHERTManaging Director, Garage Technology Venture / Serial Entrepreneur MR KAL DEUTSCHCEO & Founding Advisor-Investor, The Batchery Incubator / Angel Investor / Serial Entrepreneur MR KEN SINGERManaging Director, UC Berkeley Sutradja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology / Founder, AppCentral MR ROBERT UPHAMSenior Director of Digital Products, VISA International PROFESSOR VIRGINIA CHAAngel Investor, Mentor, and Educator in Technology / Entrepreneurship, Singapore Language: English By the end of this course, you will learn:1. Entrepreneurial mindset and culture2. Getting an investor’s attention3. Leadership and building a team4. South East Asia go-to-market strategy5. Tips for giving effective presentations6. Investment process: from investors and entrepreneur perspectives7. One-on-one consultation Date & Time: [Online Seminars]- 3, 4, 5 & 6 May 2021 | 10am – 12:30pm [One-one Mentoring] - 10 -20 May 2021 | Schedule will be released soon [Final Pitch Session] - 27 May 2021 | 10am – 12:30pm

StartmeupHK Festival 2021

The StartmeupHK Festival 2021 is back on the 24-28 May! As one of the world’s largest tech conferences, the StartmeupHK Festival is a powerful platform for international startups, investors, industry leaders, academia and governments to exchange ideas, make connections and define the future. We will inspire you, connect you, and introduce you to investors and business partners from Hong Kong and around the region. Mark your calendars for this not-to-be-missed StartmeupHK Festival 2021 now! Keynote speeches/fireside chats/panel discussions/startup pitches/workshops/curated networking opportunities/business matchingand more…

International Sourcing Show 2021

ONLINE + PHYSICAL FORMATSIntegrating seven HKTDC trade fairs originally scheduled for spring 2021, the HKTDC International Sourcing Show will run from March to July 2021 in both online and physical formats, offering a flexible arrangement for businesses to explore and identify opportunities across various industries. 17/3 – 29/7/2021 ONLINE26/7 – 29/7/2021 HKCEC (PHYSICAL FAIR) MARCH ONThe HKTDC International Sourcing Show | ONLINE is a showcase of products, ideas and information that can readily be transformed into ‘Your Source of Inspirations’ - the central theme of the show. Through the integrated online experience, buyers and suppliers can explore, share and connect in effective ways to ensure sustainable business growth.  

Startup Howtos: How to protect your business with Intellectual Property? (I)

Do you know how to protect your startup ideas from copycats with intellectual property (IP)? We will share with you information on IP and trademark in this article, and more on registered designs, patents, copyright and trade secrets in the next article.   Q: What is IP and how do I protect it? A: 'IP' or 'intellectual property' is (a term that describes) a range of rights in different aspects of your business and your products. The most common IP rights are trade secrets (undisclosed commercial information), copyright, registered designs, patents and trademarks.   Q: What is a trademark? A: A trademark is a sign that distinguishes the goods and services of one trader from those of others. Typically a trademark can be words (including personal names), indications, designs, letters, characters, numerals, figurative elements, colours, sounds, smells, the shape of the goods or their packaging or any combination of these. A sign must be capable of being represented graphically in order for it to be registered as a trademark.   Q: Do you Know the Differences among Company Registration, Business Registration and Trademark Registration? A: A company name registration at the Companies Registry or a business name registered with the Business Registration Office is not the same as a trademark registration at the Trade Marks Registry. A business or company name registration is not an indication of trademark rights. Having registered a company name with the Companies Registry or a business name with the Business Registration Office, you are still required to apply for registration of your trademarks with the Trade Marks Registry. Only the registered trademark owner has an exclusive right to use the trademark in relation to the goods and services in the Hong Kong SAR for which the mark is registered.   Watch the video below to learn more about the effective use of registered trademarks in maximising brand values. (Available in Chinese only)   Source: Intellectual Property Department “Startup How-tos” is an introductory guidebook written for entrepreneurship newbies, providing startup tips and related public services information.

Startup Howtos: How to protect your business with Intellectual Property? (II)

The article “Startup Howtos: Do entrepreneurs need to pay attention to IP? (I)” has gathered information on IP and trademark for protecting your own business and products. Go ahead to check out more information on registered designs, patents, copyright, trade secrets and unleash your brand value!    Q: What is a registered design? A: The individual designs of a wide range of products, for example computers, telephones, textiles, jewellery and watches, can be protected by registration of their designs. A registered design owner has the right to prevent others from manufacturing, importing, selling or hiring the registered design product. Registered design protection is renewable for a maximum of 25 years.   Q: What are patents? A: Patents protect inventions, that is products, substances, or processes which are new and inventive. Patent owners have the right to prevent others from manufacturing, using, selling, or importing the invention. There are two types of patents in the Hong Kong SAR. Protection under standard patents is renewable for a maximum of 20 years. Protection under short-term patents is renewable for a maximum term of eight years.   Q: What is copyright? A: In general, copyright is the right given to the owner of an original work. This right can subsist in literary works, musical works, dramatic works, artistic works, sound recordings, films, broadcasts, cable programmes and the typographical arrangement of published editions of literary, dramatic or musical works, as well as performers' performances. Copyright works made available on the Internet environment are also protected. It is not necessary to register a copyright in the Hong Kong SAR, in order to get protection under the law of the Hong Kong SAR.    Q: What is Trade Secrets and undisclosed Commercial Information? A: Trade secrets and undisclosed commercial information are confidential information in a commercial setting, such as formulaes, methods, technologies, designs, product specifications, business plans and client lists, that have commercial value.   Watch the two videos below to learn more about how to explore business opportunities through licensing and patent commercialisation. (Videos are available in Chinese only)     Source: Intellectual Property Department “Startup How-tos” is an introductory guidebook written for entrepreneurship newbies, providing startup tips and related public services information.

Social Entrepreneur Series – Fostering inclusion by audio description [Community Participation]

Social Entrepreneur – Dawning Leung   “The true meaning of equality and inclusion is not to arrange a dedicated session for the visually impaired, but to make it possible for them to take part in the same activity with their sighted counterparts.” Dr Dawning Leung, the founder of Audio Description Association (Hong Kong) (AuDeAHK), believes that persons with visual impairment should enjoy the equal rights to “watch” movies, to “view” exhibitions as well as to join various cultural and outdoor activities. To study audio description, Dawning left for the United Kingdom to acquire a relevant Doctorate degree. In 2015, she founded AuDeAHK to promote audio description and to train audio describers in the Chinese societies. What is audio description? According to Dawning, it is a school of professional translation technique of transferring visual elements into verbal descriptions. In film audio description, for instance, audio describers will depict the scene settings and the characters’ moves, facial expressions, outfits etc. in between dialogues and sound effects. The visually impaired may hence comprehend the plot by hearing rather than by watching. Audio description benefits not only persons with visual difficulties. Everyone can obtain supplementing information from the translated visual contents. For example, children with special educational needs may understand the emotions of characters through audio description. “I recalled a lady wearing a pair of reading glasses who followed our audio described tour in a museum. Towards the end of the tour, she took off the glasses and said, ‘I’d rather listen to your narratives!’”   Innovative Venture – Film Audio Description Services, Audio Description Services for Outdoor Activities, Audio Description Services for Museums The innovative venture mentioned above is funded by the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Fund and assisted and supported by the Fund’s intermediaries in project implementation.  The details of the innovative venture are as follows:   Name of Organisation: Audio Description Association (Hong Kong) Limited Service nature: Community Participation Beneficiary group: Persons with disabilities Project type:  Prototype Intermediary Programme: Impact Incubator , Good Seed   What is Social Entrepreneur Series? Stories of how other social entrepreneurs aspired to start their own business might facilitate your social innovation and entrepreneurship exploration. A series of social entrepreneur stories will be featured and categorised into six sub-series: Education and Learning, Job Training and Opportunities, Community Participation, Healthcare, Food and Transport.  What you are going to read are stories of social entrepreneurs taking forward the startup projects that help themselves and others.

Startup Howtos: How to develop a business plan?

You may be experienced in writing essays and homework reports, yet how about writing business plans for your own company? You may make reference to the writing tips and templates below for developing a detailed business plan to assist the entire planning process of starting a new business as well as to pitch and apply relevant startup funds.   Content Outline Objectives and Goals Industry Overview Competitors/Market Positioning Description of Products and Services Marketing Strategies, Pricing and Promotion Strategies Financial Planning Contingency Planning Company Structure and Background of the Management Team   Writing Tips Make your business plan user-friendly, easy to read and understand. Use figures, percentage and quantifiable information along with descriptions and interpretations. Tailor your business plan for specific reader. For instance, you should focus on cash flow adequacy for banks and potential return with payback period for investors. Follow a complete structure to present your business in an organised way. Include a general market overview / market analysis to show your understanding of the industry and your business position. Emphasise your business uniqueness, strengths and competitive advantages. Develop realistic but aggressive projections, explain use of fund and expected payback period. Complete all the sections of a business plan first, then put all the highlights in the Executive Summary concisely. Review and edit before presenting it.   Business Plan Template Illustrative Business Plan   Source: SUCCESS   “Startup How-tos” is an introductory guidebook written for entrepreneurship newbies, providing startup tips and related public services information.

Hong Kong University Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition Calls for Application

Looking for a greater stage to showcase your innovative ideas? The 7th Hong Kong University Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition is open for application. You may form teams with post-secondary students and graduates from other institution and winners will have the chance to participate in national innovation and entrepreneurship competitions. Organised by Hong Kong New Generation Cultural Association, and co-organised by Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation with the support from Innovation and Technology Commission, the Competition has set up two individual streams, namely Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Participants are required to submit research thesis, invention or PowerPoint and proposals to present their project ideas on a wide spectrum of topics ranging from science and information technology to education and culture. Current students of Hong Kong’s full-time post-secondary programmes are eligible for the Competition; projects from graduates who graduated in the past 5 years or Cooperative Projects from teachers and students are also eligible for the Entrepreneurship stream. Registration is open from today till 31 March 2021. For further details on the Challenge and registration method, please visit the official website.

Social Entrepreneur Series – A Barrier-Free School that Fosters Employment [Education and Learning]

Social Entrepreneur – Kristen Li Persons with disabilities (PWDs) are facing barriers to learning in general. Learning aids do exist but with the prevalent “one size fits all” philosophy they often cannot cope with specific needs of individuals. Ask the right question; devise the valid solution; solicit the proper support for implementation. This is how Kristen Li and her team put social innovation into practice and won the championship of a social enterprise competition. Kristen saw the market need for custom-designed training and tapped the opportunity. Together with her colleagues, she set up the Barrier-Free School. They used what they had learnt in school and established an IT platform which provides PWDs with three-in-one "training - job matching - career support" service. Through tailor-designed training softwares, PWDs acquire the skills fit for employment with remunerations on par with able persons. The Barrier-Free School is contributing to social inclusion of the disabled in the long run. Innovative Venture – Barrier-Free School The innovative venture mentioned above is funded by the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Fund and assisted and supported by the Fund’s intermediaries in project implementation.  The details of the innovative venture are as follows: Name of Organisation: Barrier-free Technology and Culture Limited Service nature: Education and learning Beneficiary group: Persons with disabilities Project type: Prototype Intermediary Programme: Good Seed What is Social Entrepreneur Series? Stories of how other social entrepreneurs aspired to start their own business might facilitate your social innovation and entrepreneurship exploration. A series of social entrepreneur stories will be featured and categorised into six sub-series: Education and Learning, Job Training and Opportunities, Community Participation, Healthcare, Diet and Transport.  What you are going to read are stories of social entrepreneurs taking forward the startup projects that help themselves and others.

Collection of Startup and Business Webinars (Updated Constantly)

The COVID-19 epidemic has devastated the global economy. Yet, opportunities always follow risks. No matter you are planning to start your own online business or turn your startup business digital, the key to success is always seizing the business opportunities. The webinars listed below cover the knowledge and techniques for entrepreneurship and business running.  Enrol now and be prepared for opportunities ahead!   Mega Outreach Day 2021 - SME ReachOut Goes Along with You to Level-Up Date: 12/05/2021 Time: 16:00-17:00 Organiser: Hong Kong Productivity Council Fee: Free of Charge >>Details       Build a Secure Cyberspace 2021 "Be a Smart eCitizen Beware of Cyber Pitfalls" Webinar Date: 14/05/2021 Time: 14:30-17:30 Organiser: The Hong Kong Computer Emergency Response Team Coordination Centre (HKCERT), Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) , Hong Kong Police Force (HKPF) Fee: Free of Charge >>Details   Build a Secure Cyberspace 2021 "Be a Smart eCitizen Beware of Cyber Pitfalls" Webinar Date: 18/05/2021 Time: 14:30-15:30 Organiser: Hong Kong Productivity Council Fee: Free of Charge >>Details     Education Technology Conference Date: 20/05/2021 Time: 10:00-17:20 Organiser: Hong Kong Educational Equipment Industry Association Fee: Free of Charge >>Details       STEP Info Session: "STEP into HKSTP startup community" Date: 20/05/2021 Time: 13:00-14:00 Organiser: Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation Fee: Free of Charge >>Details     T-box x SHOPLINE digital marketing workshop series: “Exploring Cross Border eCommerce” Date: 25/05/2021 Time: 15:00-16:00 Organiser: Hong Kong Trade Development Council Brief: Representative from SHOPLINE will share tips for cross-border e-commerce, how to select overseas target markets and create successful cross-border marketing strategies. In addition, speaker will share worldwide payment and logistics integration service, as well as successful cases to help SMEs in exploring overseas business opportunities. Fee: Free of Charge >>Details       Smart Anti-counterfeit Traceability Technology and Its Application (Medicine and Health Food Industry) Seminar Date: 18/06/2021 Time: 14:00-17:15 Organiser: Hong Kong Productivity Council Fee: Free of Charge >>Details   #The above webinars will be updated continuously *Only Chinese version is available for the particular webinar

“FinTech Anti-epidemic Scheme for Talent Development” Now Open for Application

What is the FinTech Anti-epidemic Scheme for Talent Development (FAST)? FAST is one of the job creation schemes established under the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government’s Anti-epidemic Fund to support local industries affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. FAST is administered by Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited (HKCMCL), which is wholly owned by the HKSAR Government. The programme provides financial assistance to local companies engaged in the FinTech sector to create new jobs. The Scheme has a quota of 1,000 new roles with a total subsidy of up to HK$120 million. FAST aims to create new job opportunities in the FinTech sector and enrich Hong Kong’s FinTech talent pool in order to enhance the city’s competitive edge and reinforce its position as a leading international financial centre.   How does FAST support FinTech companies? Each successful FinTech applicant company will be provided a subsidy of HK$10,000 per month to create a job position related to the major business of the company. The subsidised period could be up to 12 months between 2 July 2020 and 2 July 2022. Successful applicant companies will be disbursed a payment equivalent to the subsidy for the first three months upon the approval of the application and the submission of the employment contract. Subsequent subsidy payments will be made in advance every three months thereafter.

Win HK$5,000 by joining an entrepreneurship training course!

The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups (HKFYG) Social Innovation and Youth Business Unit is going to organise the “Youth Entrepreneurship Training Course”. Not only half of the tuition fee will be refunded to participants with an attendance of 80% or above, but a post-course Business Plan Competition will also be held with prizes up to HK$5,000! The course contents will cover finance, lease management and tax, online marketing strategies and brand building, customer relationship management etc. Entrepreneurs will also be invited to share their startup experiences. At the end of the course, participants may join the Business Plan Competition for a grand prize of HK$5,000.   The second term of the Course will be held from March to April 2021. The deadline of registration is March 10, 2021. The total course fee is HK$1,000. Participants with an attendance of 80% or above may receive HK$500 refund in a month after the completion of the Course along with a course certificate. Please visit the official website for further details on course content and registration method.   Date: March to April 2021 Lessons: A total of 8 Lessons (An extra lesson: Business Plan Competition) Time: 7pm to 10pm Venue: Room B-E, 11/F, Genesis, 33-35 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Hong Kong Target: Aged 18-35, youth interested in entrepreneurship Language: Cantonese