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“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.

Webinar: "Easy Guide to Debt Collection"

Have you ever encountered difficulties in collecting overdue payments and debts? What kind of strategies are effective in recovering the outstanding debts? In this webinar co-organised by SUCCESS and Hong Kong Credit and Collection Management Association, expert speaker will offer a comprehensive guide to payment and debt collection, illustrated with real-life examples, covering areas from useful communication tactics in debt collection negotiations to ways of identifying and handling uncooperative clients.”. Speaker:Mr. Bobby Rozario, Chairman of Hong Kong Credit and Collection Management Association Topic: Easy Guide to Debt Collection-Useful communication tactics in debt collection-Tips for debt collection negotiations-Ways of identifying and handling uncooperative clients Language: Cantonese

“Techstyle For Social Good” International Online Competition 2020 is now open for applications!

Do you have a techstyle (technology + lifestyle) innovation that can create positive societal impact? Does it incorporate apparel/textiles or food tech? If the answer is yes, enter the “Techstyle for Social Good” competition now! The Mills Fabrica and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University are proud to present the second “Techstyle for Social Good” competition, calling out to students innovating for social good globally. We are on the lookout for techstyle (technology + lifestyle) innovations with a special focus on apparel/textiles or food tech that are making a positive impact on society + creating solutions for the greater good. APPAREL / TEXTILES-New materials & supply chain innovations-Wearables, products merging technology and design, lifestyle brands-New retail experiences and platforms FOOD TECH (including but not limited to)-Supply chain incl. agritech, transparency, logistics, distribution and packaging-Alternative foods/new food brands-New food retail incl. food apps, innovative kitchen and retail solutions  

Free admission for the virtual StartmeupHK Festival 2020

The annual extravaganza StartmeupHK Festival 2020 held by Invest Hong Kong will be postponed to July 6 to 10 in light of the COVID-19 pandemic situation. Nevertheless, it might be a good news for the participants since the five-day festival is making the unprecedented move of transforming the event to a fully virtual experience, and six of its core events will be open to attendees across the globe for free. Join now to connect with entrepreneurs around the globe and explore new business opportunities. This year the Festival will showcase the latest developments in smart cities, retail tech, artificial intelligence, fintech, lifestyle tech, and global start-up trends and insights. The six core events listed below will be open for free admission:  1. Connected Cities ConferenceAn event to be hosted by KPMG on Day 1 (July 6) which showcases innovations for the next generation of urban living. (details) 2. Connected Retail ExperiencesHosted by Bailey Communications on Day 2 (July 7) which encompasses the technology and innovation that goes into creating seamless branded retail experiences across all channels as well as the future of retailing. (details) 3. Startup Impact Summit Hosted by WHub throughout Day 2 and Day 3 (July 7 to 8).  The event will feature multiple tracks with stages dedicated to venture capital, innovation, social impacts, and the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and overseas markets. It will also include start-up pitches, a job fair, a start-up village, workshops, investor matching and a masterclass, as well as an Asia-wide hackathon.  (details) 4. Lifestyle Tech Conference An event to be held on Day 4 (July 9) by Jumpstart Media aiming to provide key insights into the global start-up ecosystem. (details)5. Ecosystem SummitA summit to be held on Day 4 (July 9) by the Mills Fabrica which focuses on ways to foster and grow the start-up ecosystem in Hong Kong and internationally. Speakers include Associate Director-General of Investment Mr Charles Ng and Head of Startmeup HK Ms Jayne Chan from Invest Hong Kong. (details) 6. Hong Kong Financial Institutions Awards 2020 ForumHosted by Sina Finance on Day 5 (July 10), the forum and awards ceremony celebrates the success of innovators in Hong Kong's financial sector and recognise awardees' contributions to the city's financial markets. (details) Additional paid premium sessions are provided at the Festival. For details, please visit the event website.

Webinar: "Must-Knows on Mitigating Risks for Exports"

Traders and exporters need to face and manage different type of risks along their supply chain, such as credit risks and working capital uncertainty. How can we get prepared ahead of these unforeseen circumstances? In this webinar, experts will share some tips on how to evaluate buyers and suppliers, mitigating risks in supply chain with business information, and better managing cash flow with trade finance solutions. A representative from the Hong Kong Export Credit Insurance Corporation (HKECIC) will also introduce their latest enhanced measures and the “100% Credit Limit Top-Up Scheme”. Speakers: Ms Mandy Ng, Sales Manager, CRIF Hong Kong LimitedMr Henry Mok, Co-Founder and Executive Director, FundPark LimitedMr Kenneth Leung, Assistant General Manager, Marketing Division, Hong Kong Export Credit Insurance Corporation Language: Cantonese

EdVentures Global Business Acceleration (GBA) Fellowship:expenses-paid 5 days programme to the Greater Bay Area

COVID-19 has accelerated the adoption of e-learning like never before, from remote teaching to corporate training. Seize this opportunity to take your venture global!   The Fellowship is designed for growth-stage education ventures that have demonstrated success in their home markets and are considering international expansion. The 12 selected fellows will benefit from:Advice and support of an international panel of judges, Facilitated access to investors, local partners, education and corporate clients, Professional market development advice,International marketing exposure, Cyberport’s valuable entrepreneurship support platform

StartmeupHK Festival 2020: Startup Impact Summit

Coined as the most international conference of the StartmeupHK Festival in 2019, Startup Impact Summit (SIS) ensures tangible impact and outcomes for all participants. The summit focuses on economic and social impact, created by regional and international startups, driven by successful cases of co-innovation projects between startups and corporates and by leveraging the strength of connecting ecosystems. In 2020, the proven successful tracks are all back along with additional tracks, such as Venture Stage, the Grand Finale of the Global Startup Competition, the Greater Bay Area Stage as well as SDG & Innovation workshops. SIS brings also speakers from all over the world, inspiring with their expertise, experience and use cases in leading industries.

HKIE Hong Kong Electronics Symposium 2020

The HKIE Electronics Symposium is to inspire our members and enhance the professionalism and collaboration with the market players and the academia to appreciate the emerging technologies in the region and worldwide.

Local Start-ups Gain Business Opportunities from“Start-up Express”

There are quite a few outstanding start-ups in Hong Kong which are waiting for a chance to shine. The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) has launched the third edition of its entrepreneurship development programme “Start-up Express”. The pitching contest under the programme successfully concluded today as a judging panel selected exceptional start-ups to participate in local and international activities to build connections, explore markets, seek partners and enhance brand awareness. 3-min Pitch on Enterpreneuship Plan The business focus of this year’s semi-finalists varies from AI, big data, biotechnology to IoT and robotics. They were invited to present their entrepreneurship idea at the final 3-min pitching and 3-min Q&A contest. Eleven exceptional start-ups and the AMTD SpiderNet Award was selected by the judge panel, while “My Favourite Start-up Award” was voted by online live poll. Click here to view the remarkable pitching performances of the awardees. Start-up Express 2020 List of Winners Arical (Artificial intelligence, Big Data,Design) Arovia Hong Kong Limited (Advanced Materials) Bug Bros Biotech (Bio-tech, Eco-Tech, Internet of Things(IOT)) Gense Technologies (Artificial intelligence, Internet of Things (IOT), Medical Technology, Microelectronics) ImBee (Big Data,CRM) Inovo Robotics (Advanced Materials, Robotics) Open Ocean Engineering Limited (Artificial intelligence, Eco-Tech,Robotics) Return Helper Limited (eCommerce) Shopkyo (Fintech)  SPES Tech Limited (Chemical/ Bio-tech) Wineworld Xplorer (Big Data & Fintech)    AMTD SpiderNet Award: imBee Limited (Big Data,CRM) “My Favourite Start-up Award” voted by online live poll: MICology Limited (Artificial intelligence, Big Data, Simulation) (Click here for the profiles of the wining start-ups)   Expand Business to Overseas The start-ups will be invited to exploratory sessions, power meet-up sessions with successful business leaders, business-matching sessions and local events organised by HKTDC, including Startup Zones at the Asian Financial Forum, spring and autumn editions of the HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair and HKTDC Hong Kong International Medical and Healthcare Fair. The HKTDC will also bring the start-ups to the international stage by organising overseas missions and setting up Hong Kong Pavilions at international technology exhibitions – including CES in Las Vegas and MWC Barcelona. Visit the official website for more details. 

T-box New Marketing Trends Workshop on “Developing WeChat Mini-program & Tencent Cloud”

Speaker: Mr. Martin Chow Senior Manager, Technical Service Section, Tencent International Business Group Language: Cantonese (No simultaneous interpretation service provided)

T-box Entrepreneurship Workshop on “Enhancement Measures for Technology Voucher Programme (TVP)”

Speaker: Mr. LEE Chi Pong, Colin, Senior Manager (Innovation and Technology Fund), Innovation and Technology Commission Language: Cantonese (No simultaneous interpretation service provided)

Entrepreneur Day

Key Events: *Start-up Runway: A two-day start-up forum comprising a plenary session, thematic talks, sharing sessions and pitching*PITCHATHON: A series of pitching events happens in the anchor entrepreneurial event. With the presence of high-quality start-ups and top investors, this would definitely be the event you do not want to miss!*Start-up Clinic: Customised consultation services exclusive to start-ups and entrepreneurs*Fund & Mentor Business Matching Session: One-on-one matching for start-ups to meet with potential investors and mentors to gain entrepreneurial advice and funding Thematic Zones: *Start-up ArenaInnovation technology start-ups (e.g. healthtech, biotech, fintech, greentech, AR/VR, IoT, AI and robotics etc.) and start-ups from non-tech industries *The Boosters-Private Equity, Angel Fund-Funding schemes-Support service providers such as Marketing, Accounting, Legal & Logistics-Insurance-Entrepreneurship Training, Start-up Consultancy & Business Management-Web Designing & Hosting and IT Support-Co-working Spaces & Business Centres-NGO, Trade Associations and Governmental Departments *Business Opportunities Zone-Franchisors-Franchising and Brand Agents-Business Brokerage-Online Business

Design X Technology Start-up Challenge Explores Possibilities

Have you think about exploring business opportunities by joining hands with fellow local designers and technology companies? Sponsored by CreateHK, the Hong Kong Designers Association collaborates with Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation to organise the DXT Start-up Challenge from July to December. Tailor-made for Design x Technology (DXT) startups, the competition aims to team up local designers and technology companies for business development through Entrepreneurship Programme, Pitching Contest and Overseas and Mainland Mission Tours, and help realizing vivid imagination into a profitable business! Entrepreneurship Training Provided by Experts from Silicon Valley The DXT Start-up Challenge is divided into four phases. In the first phase 30 teams will be selected for a 3-month Entrepreneur Mentorship Programme led by experts from Silicon Valley. 15 out of the 30 teams selected and further invited to make a pitch of their DXT products on stage for 7 minutes to a team of expert judges. Explore Business Opportunities Through Outbound Tours 12 best teams will enter the third round to join the Mission Tours to US and the Mainland to showcase their prototypes around the world and get feedback from investors. The top 6 pitches will be announced at the awards presentation ceremony during the DXT Conference.   For details, please visit the official website of The DXT Start-up Challenge . 

Evolving E-tailing Innovations for Operating Seamless eBusiness (Webinar)

Technological innovation is a key driver of economic growth, especially for the ongoing evolution of e-commerce industry. This session will explore how SMEs could leverage on the latest innovation to generate more business opportunities in the e-commerce scene.   Under the development of e-commerce, SMEs face problems like dealing with effective social media or digital marketing campaigns, understanding A.I. machine learning and Big Data analytics, or delivering various mobile payment methods with comprehensive cybersecurity. There is also a lack of manpower or know-how to solve various technical issues.   In this session, you would learn from experienced industry players on insights of the challenges and opportunities brought on by new technology, as well as tailor-made solutions for SMEs. Speakers: Mr Aldric ChauHead of Retail, e-Commerce and Travel PartnershipsAsia Miles Limited Mr Bruce LamManaging Director of Consumer MobileCSL Mobile Limited Mr Francis Ngai Yi CheongGeneral ManagerIBM China/Hong Kong Limited Language:Cantonese (No simultaneous interpretation)

AI+U 2020: Explore and Experience Exhibition

Artificial intelligence (AI) solutions are revolutionising traditional industries in Hong Kong and creating tremendous opportunities in today's technology-driven world. Following HKSTP’s successful debut of AI+U: Explore and Experience Exhibition last year, the event returns with more fun and interactive zones for all to experience the invisible power of AI. Join us at our annual AI-focused showcase event. Connect and find out how AI is being used in our everyday life!

Social Entrepreneur Series - STICKu, stick to you, stand with you [Transport]

Social Entrepreneur – Richard Leung (left) and Brian Lam (right) Elderly people face the risk of severe injuries if they fall when they are alone. Prompted by a fall accident his sister experienced during a cancer battle, Richard Leung spent two years partnering with designer Brian Lam to develop STICKu the smart cane, wishing to remove the stigma associated with canes that they are only for the old and weak. The smart cane is equipped with location positioning and several emergency support functions. For instance, an alert message will be sent to the caretaker once the emergency button near the end of the handle is pressed. An alarm will be turned on to draw the attention of passers-by when the smart cane is left unattended on the ground for over 15 seconds. STICKu escort the unaccompanied elderly to minimise possible injuries.   Innovative Venture - STICKu 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: BNET-Tech Company Limited Service nature: Transport Beneficiary group: Elderly Project type: Start-up Intermediary Programme: Impact Incubator   The upcoming transport story will introduce a social entrepreneur who roll to a beach with a specially designed beach-wheelchair, stay tuned! 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.

StartmeupHK Festival 2020

The week-long extravaganza of startup events will feature keynote addresses by renowned industry figures from around the world, exhibitions, investor matching and a jobs fair, and will be open to attendees across the globe for free, with additional paid premium sessions. The festival will showcase the latest developments in smart cities, retail tech, artificial intelligence, fintech, lifestyle tech, and global start-up trends and insights. It represents a unique opportunity for start-ups, entrepreneurs, investors, industry leaders, students and government representatives to connect, exchange ideas and benefit from business opportunities in Hong Kong, Mainland China and elsewhere in Asia.Day 1 of the festival will feature the Connected Cities Conference, an event hosted by KPMG, showcasing innovations for the next generation of urban living.Day 2 will play host to Connected Retail Experiences, a full-day virtual fair and half-day conference hosted by Bailey Communications for retailers and brand owners that understand retail is changing and that are looking for solutions to help reposition their businesses.       Straddling Day 2 and Day 3 and hosted by WHub, the Startup Impact Summit 2020 will be what its name suggests - an event that brings together the local and international tech communities to showcase ideas and create impact.Day 4 will see an exciting double-header of the Lifestyle Tech Conference and the Ecosystem Summit.       Day 5 will end the festival on a strong note with the Hong Kong Financial Institutions Awards 2020 Forum.

International ICT Expo 2020

The HKTDC International ICT Expo showcases cutting-edge smart city solutions in four key areas: "Digital Business", "Governance & Infrastructure", "Smart Living" and "Transportation & Mobility". Register now and explore more smart city solutions and ICT applications.

Social Entrepreneur Series - Unleash the hidden cooking talents [Diet]

Mothers are doing their magical trick in the kitchen, turning ordinary ingredients into gourmet dishes with their skills and experience. Yet these delicacies often stay inside the family, remain to be appreciated by a broader audience. Social Entrepreneur - Dodo Cheng (left) and Brandon Cheung (right) The founders of “HOPEmade Sharing Kitchen”, Dodo Cheng and Brandon Cheung, noticed that lots of women from grassroots families possess excellent cooking skills.  The two had the idea to make good use of restaurant kitchens during their non-peak hours for these ladies to make cakes, jam and herbal tea, etc. By selling these food products, they can earn an income, or even start their own brand and develop a career in the long run. Going a step further, a 6 000 square feet cooking space was set up under the “Co-cooking HK” project which aims to recruit more women and to help them pursue their dreams with their cooking talents. Talented home chefs demonstrate culinary skills to pursue their dreams beyond their role at homes.   Innovative Venture - HOPEmade Sharing Kitchen / Co-cooking HK 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: Community Development Enhancement Fund Limited Service nature: Diet Beneficiary group: Low-income Families Project type: Start-up / Scale-up Intermediary Programme: Impact Incubator   The story "STICKu, stick to you, stand with you" introduces the social entrepreneurs who make use of innovative technology to minimise possible injuries for unaccompanied elderly, read on and find out more!  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.

Social Entrepreneur Series - “Robotic Arm”brings rehabilitation to homes [Healthcare]

Social Entrepreneur - Alvin Cheung (left) and Newman Ho (right) Stroke affects physical capability, but there is a huge chance for a patient to resume a normal life if one could seize the golden treatment period with the aid of proper rehab training. However, rehabilitation equipment in general is bulky and expensive, while queuing time is needed for public rehab service. Newmen Ho is a researcher in healthcare technology in university. He partnered with Alvin Cheung, who used to work in business management and has a family member suffering from stroke, to develop a handy and economical robotic arm.  They hope the robotic arm can be widely used in the community like in the elderly homes, whereby helping more patients to enjoy a speedy recovery. The robotic arm works with a sensor and a tablet.  When a stroke patient wearing the arm tries to hold a cup or hold his/her fist tight, the system will detect signals of the user’s hand movements and guide the hand muscles to complete the corresponding actions. Repeated training can help to restore hand muscle ability. Hope the popularisation of healthcare technology could allow stroke patients to seize the golden treatment period for a speedy recovery.   Innovative Venture - Deployment of Stroke Rehab Robots in Communities 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: Zunosaki Limited Service nature: Healthcare Beneficiary group: Elderly Project type: Start-up Intermediary Programme: Impact Incubator   Diet is an essential part to our lives. The Diet story "Unleash the hidden cooking talents" will introduce the social entrepreneurs who make use of co-cooking place to help women from grassroots families pursue their dreams. Read on and find out more! 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.

"Four-in-one" Integrated Services of the SME Centres

To strengthen support for SMEs and to raise SMEs’ awareness of the various funding schemes, the Government has consolidated the services of existing SME centres, including the "Support and Consultation Centre for SMEs" (SUCCESS) under the Trade and Industry Department, the "SME Centre" under the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, "SME One" under the Hong Kong Productivity Council and "TecONE" under the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation, to provide "four-in-one" integrated services starting from 1 October 2019.Enterprises can obtain business information, funding schemes information and advisory services, etc. at any of the Centres. The SME Service Centres will also continue to organise various seminars and workshops from time to time, and provide specialised services to enterprises. SME ReachOut In addition, a dedicated service team named "SME ReachOut" has commenced operation starting from 1 January 2020 to reach out to SMEs and answer questions on funding applications, with a view to encouraging better utilisation of the support provided by the Government. For enquiries, please contact SME ReachOut hotline at 2788 6262 or email at sme_reachout@hkpc.org

Social Entrepreneur Series - A green life, a vivacious mind - to thrive as plants do [Healthcare]

Social Entrepreneur - Zoe Chan, Mike Tsang and Chung Woo (From left to right) As we age, our physical conditions deteriorate. Sometimes dementia befalls. Activities as simple as gardening can stimulate the five senses and help us maintain life’s tempo. Zoe Chan used to work in the finance industry. She was impressed by the vitality of plants through horticultural therapy, a subject she thereby decided to study and pursue. She proceeded to found “PuYU” with two retired young olds, Chung Woo and Mike Tsang. Horticultural classes are tailor-made for the elderly with mild cognitive impairment to slow down the degrading of their cognitive functioning. Golden-agers are also trained as “MindfulGreen Ambassadors” in realisation of “young-old serves old-old” while spreading positive energy. The strong vitality of plants enables them to withstand tough weather and thrive; it also helps heal people’s soul.   Innovative Venture - Mindful Green – Horticultural Therapy Services 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: PuYU Horticultural Therapy Services Limited Service nature: Healthcare Beneficiary group: Elderly Project type: Prototype Intermediary Programme: Good Seed   Another Healthcare story “Robotic Arm brings rehabilitation to homes” will introduce the social entrepreneurs who use innovative healthcare technology to help patients suffering from stroke enjoy a speedy recovery.  Read on and find out more! 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.

Overview of the Distance Business Programme

Programme Overview Remote working or service has become a new trend against the backdrop of the epidemic. Under the “Anti-Epidemic Fund”, the Innovation and Technology Commission has launched the “Distance Business (D-Biz) Programme” to provide funding support for enterprises to adopt IT solutions for developing distance business. In view of the overwhelming response from enterprises, the Government will allocate $1 billion for the Programme, in addition to the original $500 million, to benefit more enterprises. The Programme will provide an IT Service Providers Reference List to offer relevant market information for enterprises' reference. The Reference List with the first batch of service providers is available on the D-biz Programme website, and will be updated regularly thereafter. The Programme is open to enterprises for funding applications until 31 October 2020. In view of the present situation, the Programme may need to cease accepting applications earlier, taking into account the progress of funding approval and the amount approved. Such an arrangement would be announced about two weeks beforehand. Enterprises wishing to apply for the Programme's funding are advised to submit applications online as soon as possible. Details are available on the Programme's website (u.hkpc.org/dbiz). Funding Scope Under the Programme, for each IT solution and the relevant training expenses for the employees, the funding ceiling is $100,000. Each enterprise may receive total funding of up to $300,000 to undertake a project to be completed within six months. The Programme covers IT categories relating to distance business.  Please click here for more details on the funding scope. Funding Application and Eligibility All private enterprises (excluding publicly listed companies, statutory bodies and non-government organisations funded by the Government) with a valid Business Registration Certificate, ongoing business commenced before 1 January 2020 and with substantive business operation in the industry related to the project in the application at the time of application are eligible. The Programme is open for funding applications, interested enterprises can submit applications online. Enrol on the “IT Service Providers Reference List” D-Biz Programme will provide an “IT Service Providers Reference List” to offer relevant market information for enterprises' reference. To enrol on the Reference List, a service provider should possess a valid Business Registration Certificate and relevant technical capability and experience. The Programme is open for IT service providers' applications, interested service providers can submit applications online.

Social Entrepreneur Series - Companions in an inclusive community [Community Participation]

“Misunderstanding easily leads to prejudice.” When they were students, Bosco Ng and Eva Wong participated in international events and made friends with people of various ethnic groups. Yet they noticed that in Hong Kong a wall of “misconception” stood between different groups due to inadequate communication. Social Entrepreneur - Eva Wong (left) and Bosco Ng (right) In 2011, they co-founded WEDO GLOBAL to train people of diverse race to be community tour guides who would lead the participants to explore the lives and culture of difference races, fostering mutual understanding. The two walk with the people of diverse race and witness their transformation from shy persons to confident speakers. Bravo! Look forward to the day when people of diverse race shine in each and every field.   Innovative Venture - WEDO GLOBAL Multicultural Programme (Sham Shui Po & Yau Tsim Mong districts) 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: WEDO GLOBAL Service nature: Community Participation Beneficiary group: People of diverse race Project type: Scale-up Intermediary Programme: Impact Incubator   A society comprises different walks of life. Apart from the people of diverse race, the elderly also need our care and support. The Healthcare story "A green life, a vivacious mind - to thrive as plants do" will introduce the social entrepreneurs who use gardening to help the elderly stay smart. Read on and find out more! 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.

Social Entrepreneur Series - South Asian sport that connects [Community Participation]

The language barrier may hinder communication between different ethnic groups.  Is there a way to communicate without using language? Social Entrepreneur - Wyman Tang (left) and Yuk Kwong Lo (right) Wyman Tang, an adjunct assistant professor in Anthropology, came up with a way of communication using “Kabaddi” the popular South Asian sport. He partnered with Yuk-kwong Lo, a secondary school teacher, to co-found Kabaddi United Hong Kong, aiming to promote cultural inclusion among young people with the sport. They organise experiential activities at schools and in the community while providing training for young people of diverse race to be assistant coaches and ambassadors. In the world of Kabaddi, people cheer and laugh as one regardless of ethnic backgrounds. Sports can break language barriers and connect people from different backgrounds and ethnic groups.   Innovative Venture - Kabaddi HK - Multicultural Integrated Action 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: Service nature: Community Participation Beneficiary group: People of diverse race Project type: Prototype Intermediary Programme: Impact Incubator   Cultures exchange and interact in countless ways. Another Community Participation story "Companions in an inclusive community" will introduce the social entrepreneurs who organise community tours to help ethnic minorities integrate into the community and build confidence. Read on and find out more! 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.

Social Entrepreneur Series - Spread colours through painting by youth [Job Training and Opportunities]

Years ago, Cecilia Ho was a painter who indulged in her creative work and seldom interacted with others.  Things changed after an occasion of voluntary mural painting work for elderly and a task of curating a community visual art exhibition. She realised that art is more than a solitary act of creation. It can also go into the community to connect with people and spread happiness… Social Entrepreneur - Cecilia Ho Cecilia then initiated innovative ventures “Art Muraler” and “Bling”, which bring young people, including the unemployed or rehabilitated, to various communities to decorate homes for the elderly and spread joy with colour. Cecilia is most impressed when she sees how these youngsters reach out to the community and show compassion and care as they collaborate with the disadvantaged. They remain cheerful and energetic after a day of mural painting under the sun while finding confidence and satisfaction from art. Youth find their self-worth in art.   Innovative Venture - Art Muraler / Bling 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: 2Bliss Studio Limited Service nature: Job Training and Opportunities Beneficiary group: Children and Youth Project type: Prototype / Start-up Intermediary Programme: Impact Incubator   The Community Participation story "South Asian sport that connects" introduced the social entrepreneurs who promote a popular South Asian sport to help break language barriers and facilitate cultural exchange. Read on and find out more! 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.

Social Entrepreneur Series - Rolling Books - rolling out knowledge [Education and Learning]

The wooden cart loaded with colourful books rolls into schools and communities to help children broaden their horizons through reading. Coming with the cart are a wide variety of creative literature activities, such as dramas and sketch appreciation, which stir the children’s interest. Social Entrepreneur - James Chong Reading is not boring – it is the core belief behind “Rolling Books”. Its founder James Chong is passionate about reading and is committed to promoting the reading culture. While working for poverty alleviation in an NGO, he noticed that many children from low-income families see reading as boring because they lack the pleasant experience. He was determined to break this stereotype and started “Rolling Books”, aiming to bring the joy of reading to these children through an innovative way and to provide them with an equal opportunity to enrich knowledge through habitual reading. Reading brings knowledge, which can help children from low-income families to advance on the social ladder.   Innovative Venture - Rolling Books 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: Rolling Books Limited Service nature: Education and Learning Beneficiary group: Children and Youth Project type: Prototype Intermediary Programme: Good Seed   The Job Training and Opportunities story "Spread colours through painting by youth" shared the colourful work of a social entrepreneur, who uses art to help young people find their self-worth.  Read on and find out more! 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.

Social Entrepreneur Series - Navigating World Wide Web with voice [Education and Learning]

Social Entrepreneur - Sunny Cheung In a fast-paced city, computers are indispensable to our work and learning. Unfortunately, some persons with disabilities encounter difficulties in using a keyboard and a mouse due to limited muscle control and coordination. Sunny, a cerebral palsy patient, is only capable of typing with one finger since his physical mobility is one-fifth of that of other people. Admitted to university, he realised that his typing speed lagged behind others, which greatly impacted his time management in examinations. To overcome this obstacle, he developed a software programme - CP2Joy by combining a joystick and a voice recognition tool. With this programme, he could give vocal commands to control the computer by sounding the 5 vowels ‘a’, ‘e’, ‘i’, ‘o’ and ‘u’. Sunny hopes that the design would benefit disabled persons by facilitating their learning and exploration of the Internet world while boosting their productivity. Persons with disabilities use vocal commands to explore the Internet, crossing the digital chasm.   Innovative Venture - CP2Joy System 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: Service nature: Education and Learning Beneficiary group: Persons with Disability Project type: Prototype Intermediary Programme: Impact Incubator   Apart from the Internet, books are also treasure trove of knowledge.  Another Education and Learning story, "Rolling Books - rolling out knowledge" documented how a social entrepreneur promotes reading culture with a colourful wooden cart. Read on to find out more!  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.