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[HKPC Live] Up to HK$10 Million Government Funding Excel Your Industry Achievement by Innovation & Technology

Government funding schemes on Research & Development are available for SMEs to upgrade businesses and capitalise the intellectual works. SME ReachOut will gather leaders from Hong Kong Innovative Technology Development Association, government officials and industry experts to share the market trends on innovation and technology, funding details and application tactics of "Enterprise Support Scheme (ESS)", “Research & Development Cash Rebate Scheme (CRS)", "Patent Application Grant (PAG)" and "Research Talent Hub (RTH)".  

STARS Programme Cohort 5: PropTech + ESG Upskilling Workshop - "Government Funding Schemes, Intellectual Property & Q-Mark Schemes"

Workshop Highlights:          Overview of Government Funding Schemes for Startups          Introduction of Intellectual Property, including the Information of Trademark, Patent and Design Registration          Introduction of Q-Mark Certification Schemes, the Way to Raise the Bar on Product and Service Quality          Experience Sharing from Q-Mark Licensee

How can PEO benefit SMEs

Starting from May, HKPC will bring you the InnoPreneur Lunch & Learn webinar series.  Our Corporate Doctors from vClinics will meet you online once a month during lunch time to shed light on the latest industry trends, market insights and business knowhow.  In HKPC first Lunch & Learn webinar, we are delighted to have one of our Corporate Doctors from vClinics Tricor Hong Kong, to share with SMEs and startups on human resources (HR) compliance requirements, usage of professional employer organisation (PEO) and recruitment tips.  

Exploring the Metaverse: Industry Aggregation and Crossover Opportunities

With the dawn of the metaverse set to blur the business boundaries as never before, this webinar will consider how Hong Kong companies can aggregate their offline and online businesses in order to thrive in this bold new digital future. Speaker:    Mr. Simeon Woo, Economist (Global Research), HKTDC ResearchResponsible for North and Latin American market development research, Simeon also provides key insights into a broad range of product and service sectors, including textiles, fur, leather goods, jewellery, gifts/premiums, toys, design and film/entertainment.Mr. Ivan Mok, Deputy CEO, Asia Pacific, MOVE NetworkThe Managing Partner of Allotrope Capital and Founder of IKF Financial Architect, Ivan is a serial entrepreneur and a financial architect, with extensive fintech experience in Southeast Asia.Moderator : Mr. Louis Chan, Principal Economist (Global Research), HKTDC Research

BEHub Briefing Session

"BEHub" is designed and implemented by The Society of Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention, Hong Kong (SRACP) with the aim of inspiring and nurturing the disadvantaged population and members of the public to become social innovators to address the challenges relating to poverty and social exclusion.   "BEHub" will organize idea generation activities and support innovative projects at prototype and start-up stages to improve the well-being of local disadvantaged population. Briefing sessions and workshops will be held to bridge the information gap on issues of disadvantaged population.

“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.

Start-up Express

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.

Youth Start-up Internship Programme

The Youth Start-up Internship Programme launched in collaboration between Cyberport and the Home Affairs Bureau (HAB) last September was received enthusiastically by students. With the aim of providing young talents with an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the Innovation and Technology (I&T) industry, Cyberport announces an additional 70 internship positions will be offered in collaboration with the HAB under the Youth Start-up Internship Programme, with the Smart Living cluster accounting for over half of the openings. Employers under the Programme may engage interns in full-time, part-time or mixed modes of employment, where the Government will provide a subsidy of up to HK$10,500 each month for each intern. Post-secondary institution full-time students aged between 18 and 30 may apply for the internships on Cyberport’s I&T recruitment platform, iTalent, starting today. Interns will be required to complete at least 100 work hours during the three-month internship period. During the internship, students will be invited to participate in training activities organised by the Cyberport Academy, such as business sharing sessions, business site visits, workshops and so on.   Eligibility: Aged between 18 and 30 Full-time student from a local post-secondary or tertiary instuituion Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card Holder Currently not a beneficiary under any publicly funded internship programme

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 will dive deep into NFT, from the basics to business applications. With the rapid change of NFT, the instructor would incorporate the most updated information and use cases into the curriculum from time to time, ensuring participants are keeping abreast of the latest development. To understand NFT, participants will first learn about blockchain. After learning about the mechanism of blockchain and NFT, participants will then create his/her own crypto wallet and list/trade NFT*. Moreover, participants will learn about how NFT works through role-play and group discussion. Another highlight of this course is that guest speaker from the local/overseas company will share valuable insights of how NFT is applied HK and worldwide. Participants will be able to gain a concrete idea of NFT from the practitioners’ sharing.

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