Distance Business Programme (D-biz)

Are you ready for funding of up to $300,000?

 

Application will start from 18 May 2020 (details to be announced)

Due to the current coronavirus outbreak, many companies are facing unprecedented challenges. The second round of the HK$15 billion Government Anti-Epidemic Fund, Distance Business Programme (D-Biz) is now open to help companies develop new innovations and technology to drive remote business.
The programme is expected to benefit over 3,000 enterprises with up to 40,000 employees. The maximum amount of subsidy for each submitted programme including training expenses is $100,000, with a total subsidy of up to $300,000 for each company.

Grab the opportunity!

Get the latest updates on the D-Biz Programme?

Contact us at our “SME Success Hotline” 120 120 or

Distance Business Programme D-Biz

Programme details

  • Companies can use D-Biz funding to purchase or adopt technology solutions and for all related training.
  • 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.
  • It is expected to benefit 3,000 local innovative technology enterprises and other industries.
  • For each IT solution and the relevant training expenses for the employees, the funding ceiling is HK$100,000 (with funding for the relevant training expenses capped at 10 per cent of the IT solution cost). Each enterprise may receive total funding of up to HK$300,000 to undertake a project to be completed within 12 months.
  • An enterprise will be disbursed a payment of 30% of the funding amount after the application has been approved. Upon completion of the project and after the supporting documents are accepted, the remaining funding amount will be disbursed to the enterprise.
  • Application period will start from 18th May 2020
  • HKT will continue to update the latest status of the programme and will inform you as soon as possible. We will contact you to introduce a series of eligible solutions and explain on the application procedures.

Funding Scope

Online business

  • For the company to establish a web portal, mobile app or other online channels, with aims to promote its goods and services, by using either subscription-based or custom-built e-commerce platform, including development and management
  • Enable consumers to place orders over the Internet
  • promote such online portal through search engine promotion, digital advertisement such as social media promotion, e-coupon, loyalty programme, etc.
  • Excluding production of promotion materials, contents or assets (e.g. image, text and video etc. as part of the marketing and promotion materials)

Online order taking and delivery, and smart self-service systems

  • For the company to establish a web portal, mobile app or other online channels, for consumers to place orders of goods or services, by using either subscription-based or custom-built e-commerce platform, including development and management
  • Such adoption of technologies should enable the company to perform end-to-end order placement and delivery to designated locations, by using e.g. smart self-servicing system, smart kiosk, smart vending machine, smart lockers, or with integration to e-logistics provider platform
  • Suitable but not limited to industries that are acquiring or promoting self-services, such as takeaway services in Food & Beverages industries
  • Promote such online portal through search engine promotion, digital advertisement such as social media promotion, e-coupon, loyalty programme, etc.
  • Excluding production of promotion materials, contents or assets (e.g. image, text and video etc. as part of the marketing and promotion materials)

Online customer services and engagement

  • For the company to enable order placements of services to take place over the Internet, such as reservations, appointment bookings, including development and management
  • Such adoption of technologies can also include distance learning facilities
  • Promote such online portal through search engine promotion, digital advertisement such as social media promotion, e-coupon, loyalty programme, etc.
  • Excluding production of promotion materials, contents or assets (e.g. image, text and video etc. as part of the marketing and promotion materials)

Digital customer experience enhancement

For the company to improve customer service experience and engagement with use of various technologies, including but not limited to the following:

  • Round-the-clock customer service support via Chatbot
  • Uplift product or service experience with use of Augmented Reality (AR) / Virtual Reality (VR) or Mixed Reality (MR) technologies or Digital Twin technology
  • Apply analytics to improve customer experience such as purchasing data

Digital payment / mobile point of sale

  • Enable online / physical stores with multiple digital payment channels, e.g. payment gateway or mobile Point-of-Sales (POS)
  • Including one-time setup and associated hardware / equipment
  • Excluding the handling fee or equivalent of each payment transaction

Online / cloud-based financial management systems

Adopt computerised system to manage the financial related processes of the company, including but not limited to:

  • Invoicing and bill collection, accounting and budget planning, asset and liabilities management, regulatory compliance, reporting
  • System could be cloud-based or accessible remotely by staff with appropriate cybersecurity protections

Online / cloud-based human resources management systems

Adopt computerised system to manage the human resources related processes of the company, including but not limited to:

  • Payroll and expense reimbursement, attendance and leave records, training, reporting
  • System could be cloud-based or accessible remotely by staff with appropriate cybersecurity protections

Remote document management, cloud storage and remote access services

  • Digitise hard copy document into electronic format and store on cloud storage
  • Enable staff to access the company information, data and system remotely with solutions such as remote desktop control, Virtual Private Network (VPN), Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)

Virtual meeting and conference tools

Adopt tools to allow groups of people to collaborate or meet virtually through the Internet with the following functions but not limited to:

  • Support both audio and video communication, content sharing, manage appointments and registrations, meeting recordings, online polling and Q&A

Virtual team management and communications

Adopt tools to allow groups of people to collaborate or communicate virtually through the Internet with the following functions but not limited to:

  • Instant messaging, video and voice calls, document sharing and co-authoring / concurrent editing, task assignment, progress monitoring and collaborative product development

Cybersecurity solutions

  • Improve the cybersecurity of the companies by implementing software, hardware or services to defend against cyber attacks
  • Solution examples include but not limited to data encryption, firewall, anti-virus / malware solutions

Other online / custom-built / cloud-based business support systems

  • Other solutions, either off-the-shelf or custom-built, that support the programme objectives of enabling enterprises to conduct and continue business remotely but do not fit into the above categories
  • Solution examples include but not limited to Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), e-application form and approval workflow, Robotic Process Automation (RPA)

LawTech Fund

The Government has established a LawTech Fund under the “Anti-epidemic Fund” which aims to assist some small and medium size law firms and barristers’ chambers in procuring and upgrading information technology systems e.g. virtual meeting and conference solutions and arranging their staff to attend LawTech training courses. The Fund is open for application from 28 April 2020. Eligible chambers can each be given a reimbursement amount up to HK$50,000.

Grab the opportunity!

Get the latest updates on the programme?

Contact us at our “SME Success Hotline” 120 120 or