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Youth Start-up Internship Programme 2023

The Home & Youth Affairs Bureau partners with the Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited (Cyberport) and Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) to launch the Youth Start-up Internship Programme 2023, with a view to providing young people with internship opportunities at local start-ups and fostering their interest in pursuing a career in innovation and technology. In addition, the Programme also aims to help start-ups nurture talents and drive the development of the local innovation and technology related industries. Key Features The Programme offers 200 internship positions in total with internship period of three to six months across various disciplines, such as data analysis, software engineering, marketing, design and business development. Participating companies may engage interns in full-time, part-time or mixed mode. Each internship position will be entitled to a salary subsidy up to HK$10,500 per month provided by the Government. Participating students will be able to: .Apply acquired knowledge to gain work experience.Develop and sharpen their specialised and transferable skills through participating in a series of training    and entrepreneurship activities provided by Cyberport.Gain a career head start in the innovation and technology related industries.Build network with professionals and leaders in the start-up community Eligibility .Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card holder aged between 18 and 30.Full-time student from a local post-secondary or tertiary institution (including students of sub-degree,    undergraduate and postgraduate programmes).Currently not a beneficiary under any publicly funded internship programme Application method Interested young people should submit applications to companies online. Upon receipt of the applications, participating companies will conduct assessment and selection for implementing the internship arrangements. For more information, please visit the webpages of Cyberport and HKSTP.

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"Youth Start-up Internship Programme 2023" Open for application

Youth Start-up Internship Programme offers 200 internship positions in total across various disciplines, such as data analysis, software engineering, marketing, design and business development. Participating companies may engage interns in full-time, part-time or mixed mode. Each internship position will be entitled to a salary subsidy up to HK$10,500 per month provided by the Government. Participating students will be able to: .apply acquired knowledge to gain work experience; .develop and sharpen their specialised and transferable skills through participating in a series of training and entrepreneurship activities provided by Cyberport; .gain a career head start in the innovation and technology related industries; .build network with professionals and leaders in the start-up community. Eligibility .Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card holder aged between 18 and 30; .Full-time student from a local post-secondary or tertiary institution (including students of sub-degree, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes); .Currently not a beneficiary under any publicly funded internship programme Internship Period .3 to 6 months

The 9th Hong Kong University Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition

A. Innovation Format: Research Thesis / Invention Category: Life Sciences, Energy, Environmental and Chemical Engineering, Information Technology, Mathematics and Physics / Mechanics and Control Systems Eligibility : Full time diploma, higher diploma, associate’s, bachelor’s, MPhil-PhD articulated programmers, master’s or doctoral degree students.(On-job postgraduates exclusive) For Entrepreneurship enrollment with registered company, welcome the Projects from Graduated ≤ 5 years or Cooperative Projects of teachers and students No. of Participants : Individual / Team Project (no restriction on the number of people). Members could be from different institutes, but the institution of the team leader will represent the whole team when taking part in the Regional /National Competition B. Entrepreneurship Format : PPT + *Proposal(*could be submitted after initial judging) Group : Entrepreneurship Proposal, Startup, Social Enterprise/ Cultural & Creative Services Category : Advanced Manufacturing, Information Technology, Modern Agriculture Eligibility : Full time diploma, higher diploma, associate’s, bachelor’s, MPhil-PhD articulated programmers, master’s or doctoral degree students. (On-job postgraduates exclusive) For Entrepreneurship enrollment with registered company, welcome the Projects from Graduated ≤ 5 years or Cooperative Projects of teachers and students No. of Participants : Individual / Team Project (no restriction on the number of people). Members could be from different institutes, but the institution of the team leader will represent the whole team when taking part in the Regional /National Competition

Visit cyberhub.hk for free training to avoid being the victim of cyber risks!

Visit cyberhub.hk for free training to avoid being the victim of cyber risks!Want to avoid being the next victim of cyber risks? Train up your staff to mitigate potential risks from the source.The changes in the digital era, such as digital transformation, work-from-home and e-commerce, bring not only convenience but also potential cyber risks. According to data from Hong Kong Police Force Cyber Security and Technology Crime Bureau (CSTCB), corporate email scams have caused losses of more than HKD 1.5 billion in 2021.Lack of cybersecurity training will lead to employees relying on their own experience to work without any awareness of cyber risks and hence exposing the company to cybersecurity risks!Cybersec Training Hub Cybersec Training Hub is a complimentary self-learning platform initiated by Hong Kong Internet Registration Corporation Limited (HKIRC), which aims to lower the threshold for organisations to provide cybersecurity training to employees, particularly for SMEs with limited resources. The vision of HKIRC is to join hands with the community to build Hong Kong into a healthier and safer cyber-smart city by enhancing cybersecurity awareness among different industries and employees as well as reducing cybersecurity risks from the source.How to Start- Bookmark the website of Cybersec Training Hub (cyberhub.hk)- Schedule the training for your employees flexibly. Induction training for new joiners is highly recommended.- Employees will receive an e-certificate after completing the 20-minute online self-training- Send the e-certificate to HR/managers as a training record Benefits of the Programme- Professional training content provided by well-known Big-4 cybersecurity consultancy firms- User-friendly, interactive, and ready-to-use- Available in Traditional Chinese and English- Introduce cyber risks in a real-life working scenario- Training targeting different job positions (e.g. HR, Finance, etc.)- Complimentary and easy to use for all SMEsVisit cyberhub.hk to start your free training NOW!For enquiry, please email to HKIRC Cybersecurity Team: cybersec@hkirc.hk

Metaverse Series: All You Need to Know About NFT (Non-fungible token)

NFT (Non fungible token) came around few years ago and has since disrupted the ecosystem of the creative industry. NFT is a virtual asset that puts specific information on the blockchain using encryption and allows users to trade on platforms. It’s vastly adapted to music, virtual collection, photo, video and etc. NFT not only protects artists but also brings in many more investment opportunities. The course welcomes anyone who’s interested in creative works, music, gaming, intellectual property rights, investment, digital asset and fintech.

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HKSTP InnoCell provides a smart co-creation community for likeminded people

InnoCell is a smart living and co-creation space designed for I&T talents to spark collaboration within Hong Kong Science Park. All of the spaces are designed with a well-considered balance between aesthetics and functionality. InnoCell’s vision is to develop an I&T co-creation community where its values and structures align with its residents’ needs. At InnoCell, a new way of living has been created with a focus on a genuine sense of community, where the use of shared spaces and smart living technologies helps to build greater personal interaction and collaboration — resulting in a network of likeminded talents who inspire one another and have a positive impact. Eligibility Criteria The 17-storey InnoCell provides over 500 beds. Apart from the Science Park's company founders, Mainland or overseas employees, it is also open to visiting academics, scientists and technology talents. InnoCell’s monthly rent is set up to around 60% of the market price of a similar property in the neighbourhood. The maximum lease period is one year. Experience Innovative Smart Living with Four Types of Unit There are four types of units: THE SOLO, THE TWIN, THE SUITE and THE POWERHUB. THE POWERHUB, with eight individual studios plus a private working area, is an ideal space for a project team to assemble and brainstorm.   THE POWERHUB   THE SOLO   It is not all work and no play at InnoCell. There is an approximately 30,000 sq ft common area that includes meeting rooms, a library area, and a gym, etc., offering tailored communal facilities for the residents.   For admission and more information about InnoCell, please visit the website of HKSTP and InnoCell.

Fintech Proof-of-Concept Subsidy Scheme 2022

The Financial Services and the Treasury Bureau (FSTB) launches the Fintech Proof-of-Concept Subsidy Scheme 2022 (the “PoC Scheme”) aiming to encourage traditional financial institutions (the “FIs”) to partner up with Fintech companies to conduct Proof-of-Concept project (the “PoC project”) on innovative financial service products. ​ The PoC Scheme is administered by the Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited (HKCMCL), which is wholly owned by the HKSAR Government. It provides early-stage funding support for the pre-commercialisation of leading-edge financial technologies that help the financial services industry. ​

SME Link provides comprehensive information and support services to SMEs

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are the bedrock of Hong Kong’s economy, accounting for more than 98% of enterprises and employing about 45% of the private sector workforce in the city. With a view to strengthening support for SMEs to attain prosperity and success, the Trade and Industry Department consolidated the services of the existing four SMEs centres to provide one-stop "Four-in-One" integrated services for SMEs to obtain information and services at any of the Centres and launched a web portal called "SME Link" for SMEs to access comprehensive information and support services from a single online platform. Access comprehensive information from a single online platformSME Link features links to latest information on the SME support services provided by the four SME Centres and various Government bureaux and departments. Support and Consultation Centre for Small and Medium Enterprises (SUCCESS) SUCCESS under the Trade and Industry Department in collaboration with various industrial and trade organisations, professional bodies, private enterprises and other Government departments to provide SMEs with business information and consultation services free of charge. "Meet-the-Advisors" Business Advisory Services (BAS) provided by SUCCESS that makes arrangements for SME encountering problems relating to the starting and running of a business to consult experts for their professional advice on 25 advisory areas, including setting up business, marketing, legal and accounting matters. SME Centre SME Centre under the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) offers a comprehensive business library, meeting areas, function rooms and business support services. In association with various partner organisations, including industry organisations, chambers of commerce and Consulates in Hong Kong, the HKTDC provides a free business advisory service for SMEs to capitalise on trade-related business opportunities.The HKTDC Transformation Sandbox (T-box) is a SME support programme that helps SMEs enhance business competitiveness and achieve transformation goals in the areas of branding, e-commerce, manufacturing and supply chain solutions and new markets. Dedicated T-box staff will work with SMEs to identify goals and provide support over a three-month period, with group and individualised services, including advisory services, workshops, government-funding information, market knowledge and networking opportunities. The programme is offered free of charge and is open to all companies registered in Hong Kong. SME One SME One under the Hong Kong Productivity Council strives to facilitate local SMEs and startups to sustain their businesses’ competitiveness by providing to startups and inventors various supports, timely assistance and comprehensive information on market insights, technology transformation and government funding schemes, through its Inno Space and InnoPreneur Network. Assistance provided includes Meet with New Faces, eClinics, Seminars/Workshops/Study Missions and O2O Platform to showcase Tech and Business Solutions. TecONE TecONE under the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) provides detailed information on various funding schemes and indepth advisory services (in particular technology-related programmes under the funding schemes of HKSTP or the HKSAR Government), including professional guidance on the application of the funding schemes. Other topical contentInformation and services under the cluster "Support for SMEs" of the SME Link are categorised by subjects under a customer-oriented approach, comprising "Government Funding Schemes", "Non-financial Assistance", "Startups", "Mainland Market" and "Overseas Markets", facilitating SMEs to search for useful information and services in a more systematic way.

“Maker in China” SME Innovation and Entrepreneurship Global Contest 2022 – Hong Kong Chapter is now open for application

“Maker in China” SME Innovation and Entrepreneurship Global Contest 2022 – Hong Kong Chapter will be held in Hong Kong on August 19. This annual state level innovation and entrepreneurship contest is organized by China Centre for Promotion of SME Development, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China, Office of the Government Chief Information Officer, the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) of the People’s Republic of China, Department of Youth Affairs, Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the HKSAR, China International Cooperation Association of SMEs and co-organized by Cyberport, Angel Investment Foundation and Chamber of Commerce of Guangzhou Industrial Parks. The event is also one of the celebration events of the 25th Anniversary of the establishment of the HKSAR, which is highly valued by the Central Government and Hong Kong Government. The aim of the contest is to promote the connections between innovative technology and enterprises, the innovation and technology projects and industrial parks, market-oriented operations and government policies, and to assist industries in collaborative innovation and industrial upgrading. Through the participation in the contest, one could be exposed to investors and enterprises in Hong Kong and the Mainland, explore unlimited business opportunities in the Greater Bay Area and integrate into the overall national development. The contest call for projects in 10 fields of science and technology, including: Fintech Artificial Intelligence & Big Data Internet of Things Digital Entertainment & eSports Software Smart Living, Mobility & Healthcare Biomedicine & Biotechnology New Generation Information Technology New Energy, Energy Saving & Environmental Protection Industrial Internet & Advanced Manufacturing New Materials   Application is open from 1 June to 8 July 2022. For further details on the contest and application method, please visit the official website.   Result of “Maker in China” Contest 2021 Hong Kong Chapter Champion : An Energy-free and Low-cost Daytime Passive Radiative Cooling Paint for Energy Saving in Buildings and Decarbonization   1st Runner up: MAD Gaze Smart Glasses   2nd Runner up: Functional Hyaluronic Acid and Innovative Microneedle with wide applications in medicine and cosmetics

“Start-up Express” - a Journey to Success for Hong Kong Start-ups

Start-up Express is Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC)'s highly curated start-up development programme that targets start-ups offering innovative and tech products or solutions, as well as with strong desire to enter the international market. Through a series of capability building, mentoring sessions, marketing activities, extensive publicity, and pitching opportunities, the programme aims to assist local start-ups in building connection, exploring markets, seeking business and funding partners, and enhancing brand awareness.  Target Participants  Start-ups with less than 5 years of establishment; Start-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:o FinTecho GreenTecho HealthTecho PropTecho RetailTecho SmartCity   Registration is open from today till 4 May 2022. For further details on the programme and registration method, please visit the official website. Click here to view the results of the previous edition.

Inno-dictionary: “Supply Chain”

“Incubators" & "Accelerators”   Definition: Supply chain refers to various units involved in the production and sales procedures, including raw material suppliers, producers, distributors, retailers and end consumers.   More information: With funding from the Innovation and Technology Fund, the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region founded the Logistics and Supply Chain MultiTech R&D Centre (LSCM) in 2006. Since its inception, LSCM’s mission has been to foster the development of core competencies in logistics and supply chain related technologies in Hong Kong, and to facilitate the adoption of these technologies by industries in Hong Kong as well as Mainland China. Please visit https://www.lscm.hk/ for further information.   Source: Talent.gov.hk, LSCM The “Inno-dictionary” series aims to facilitate startup newbies to understand the jargons related to entrepreneurship as well as innovation and technology.

Inno-dictionary: “Incubators" & "Accelerators”

“Incubators" & "Accelerators”   Definition: Incubators are organisations which help startups to overcome business challenges and achieve stable development by providing various assistance including mentoring and co-working spaces.   Accelerators refer to programmes that aim at assisting startups to achieve rapid business growth. They would usually provide assistance such as funding support and workshops to help startups to connect with large enterprises and attract investments.   More information: According to InvestHK’s 2021 Startup Survey, the total number of locations of co-working spaces, incubators and accelerators has doubled from 62 in 2017 to 124 in 2021 despite the challenges brought by the epidemic. For more information on incubation and acceleration programmes, please visit Startmeup.hk.   Source: Talent.gov.hk, Startmeup.hk The “Inno-dictionary” series aims to facilitate startup newbies to understand the jargons related to entrepreneurship as well as innovation and technology.

Five key survey findings on the development of startups

According to the 2021 Startup Survey released by Invest Hong Kong, Hong Kong's startup ecosystem remains vibrant despite the ongoing economic challenges of the global pandemic. Let’s go through the survey results. 1. Record high in the total number of startups The overall number of startups in the city reached a record high of 3,755, up 68% over 2017. 2. Number of employees recruited by startups bounced back The number of staff hired by startups in 2021 surged 29% to 13,804 persons, despite a year-on-year drop of 14% was recorded in 2020. 3. Continuous growth in locations of co-working spaces/incubators/accelerators Since 2017, the number of co-working spaces/incubators/accelerators has doubled, up from 62 to 124 in 2021. 4. Increase in non-local talents In 2021, the percentage of non-local startup founders has increased 2% to 28%. 20.5% of them were from Mainland China. 5. Most startups are engaged in the financial technology sector The financial technology sector ranks the top in terms of number of startups in 2021 with 472 such companies. The continued rise of digital behaviour has also fuelled specific startup growth in sectors such as the e-commerce and supply chain & logistics technology sector, in which the number of startups companies in the sector has increased from 385 in 2020 to 432 in 2021. Interested in starting your own business in one of the fast-growing industries? Here below are some useful resources: Startup How-Tos: How to prepare for my entrepreneurship? Startup How-Tos: Three pillars of e-commerce   Reference: Invest Hong Kong’s 2021 Startup Survey