Latest Announcement (Update on September 1st)

To further support enterprises to develop distance business during the epidemic, the following enhancement measures will be introduced for the Distance Business (D-Biz) Programme:
The Government of HKSAR will allocate $500 Million for “Distance Business Programme (D-Biz)” under the 2nd round of Anti-epidemic Fund measures, in order to support distance business and IT solutions for all walks of life to continue their business during the tough time.
Distance Business Programme (D-Biz) Pre-approved IT Services Suppliers

About Distance Business Programme (D-Biz)

The D-Biz Programme will provide 100% funding support to qualified companies for different IT solutions and related training expenses.
  • Up to HK$100,000 per IT solution including training expenses
  • Up to HK$300,000 per company

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Industry Examples

Retail Stores

Distance Business Programme (D-Biz) Pre-approved IT Services Suppliers
  • Develop Online Sales Platform
  • Online Marketing
Catering Industry

Distance Business Programme (D-Biz) Pre-approved IT Services Suppliers
  • Develop Online Food Delivery Service
  • Online Marketing
Education Centres

Distance Business Programme (D-Biz) Pre-approved IT Services Suppliers
  • Develop Online Courses
  • E-Payment System
  • Live Streaming for Remote Learning
SME

Distance Business Programme (D-Biz) Pre-approved IT Services Suppliers
  • Cloud Management Platform
  • Remote Document & Team Management
  • Video Conferencing
  • Enhancing Cybersecurity Capabilities
  • Online Marketing
Beauty/ Fitness

Distance Business Programme (D-Biz) Pre-approved IT Services Suppliers
  • Develop Online Courses
  • Live Streaming for Remote Learning
  • Online Marketing

Funding Scope

The Programme covers 12 categories of IT solutions for distance business.

1. Online Business

Distance Business Programme (D-Biz) Pre-approved IT Services Suppliers
  • ✓ A web portal, mobile app or other online channels
  • ✓ E-Commerce platform (subscription-based/ custom-built)
  • ✓ Enable consumers to place orders over the Internet
  • ✓ Promote through search engine promotion, digital advertisement
  • ✗ Not including promotion materials, contents or assets
2. Smart Self-Service
System

Distance Business Programme (D-Biz) Pre-approved IT Services Suppliers
  • ✓ A web portal, mobile app or other online channels
  • ✓ E-commerce platform (subscription-based/ custom-built)
  • ✓ Smart self-servicing system
  • ✓ Smart kiosk, smart vending machine, smart lockers
  • ✓ e-logistics provider platform
  • ✓ Not limited to industries that are acquiring or promoting self-services
  • ✓ Promote through search engine promotion, digital advertisement
  • ✗ Not including promotion materials, contents or assets
3. Online Customer Services &
Engagement

Distance Business Programme (D-Biz) Pre-approved IT Services Suppliers
  • ✓ Order placements of services
  • ✓ Reservations, appointment bookings
  • ✓ Distance learning facilities
  • ✓ Promote through search engine promotion, digital advertisement
  • ✗ Not including promotion materials, contents or assets
4. Digital Customer Experience Enhancement

Distance Business Programme (D-Biz) Pre-approved IT Services Suppliers
  • ✓ Improve customer service experience and engagement
  • ✓ Chatbot
  • ✓ Augmented Reality (AR)
  • ✓ Virtual Reality (VR)
  • ✓ Mixed Reality (MR)
  • ✓ Digital Twin technology
  • ✓ Purchasing data
5. Digital
Payment

Distance Business Programme (D-Biz) Pre-approved IT Services Suppliers
  • ✓ Multiple digital payment channels
  • ✓ Payment gateway
  • ✓ Mobile Point-of-Sales (POS)
  • ✓ Including one-time setup and associated hardware / equipment
  • ✗ Not including the handling fee or equivalent of each payment transaction
6. Cloud Based Financial Management System

Distance Business Programme (D-Biz) Pre-approved IT Services Suppliers
  • ✓ Adopt computerised system to manage the financial related processes
  • ✓ 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
7. Cloud Based Human Resources
Management System

Distance Business Programme (D-Biz) Pre-approved IT Services Suppliers
  • ✓ Adopt computerised system to manage the human resources related processes
  • ✓ Payroll and expense reimbursement
  • ✓ Attendance and leave records
  • ✓ Training and reporting
  • ✓ System could be cloud-based or accessible remotely by staff
8. Remote Document
Management

Distance Business Programme (D-Biz) Pre-approved IT Services Suppliers
  • ✓ Digitise hard copy document into electronic format and store on cloud storage
  • ✓ Remote desktop control
  • ✓ Virtual Private Network (VPN)
  • ✓ Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
  • ✓ E-signature Solutions
9. Virtual Meeting &
Conference Tool

Distance Business Programme (D-Biz) Pre-approved IT Services Suppliers
  • ✓ Adopt tools to allow groups of people to collaborate or meet virtually
  • ✓ Support both audio and video communication
  • ✓ Content sharing
  • ✓ Manage appointments and registrations
  • ✓ Meeting recordings
  • ✓ Online polling and Q&A
10. Virtual Team Management &
Communications

Distance Business Programme (D-Biz) Pre-approved IT Services Suppliers
  • ✓ Adopt tools to allow groups of people to collaborate or communicate virtually
  • ✓ Instant messaging
  • ✓ Video and voice calls
  • ✓ Document sharing
  • ✓ Co-authoring / concurrent editing
  • ✓ Task assignment
  • ✓ Progress monitoring
  • ✓ Collaborative product development
11. Cybersecurity Solutions

Distance Business Programme (D-Biz) Pre-approved IT Services Suppliers
  • ✓ Improve the cybersecurity of the companies
  • ✓ Data encryption
  • ✓ Firewall
  • ✓ Anti-virus / malware solutions
12. Other Cloud Based Business
Support System

Distance Business Programme (D-Biz) Pre-approved IT Services Suppliers
  • ✓ Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
  • ✓ E-application form and approval workflow
  • ✓ Robotic Process Automation (RPA)

Funding Amount

The D-Biz Programme will provide 100% funding support to qualified enterprises, subject to a cap of HK$100,000 per IT solution (related training expenses to be capped at 10% of solution cost) and HK$300,000 per enterprise (except listed companies, statutory bodies and NGOs funded by the Government) to undertake a project to be completed within twelve months. An initial payment of 30% of the approved funding amount is payable to a designated bank account after the application has been approved.

Eligibility

  • All private enterprises (except listed companies, statutory bodies and NGOs funded by the Government), are eligible to apply
  • Social enterprises with certifications issued by the Hong Kong Council of Social Service for the Distance Business Programme will also be eligible
  • Must have a valid Business Registration Certificate
  • Business commenced before 1 January 2020
  • Have substantive business operations in the related industry at the time of application
  • IT solution(s) must only be implemented after approval is granted

Application Period

First application is open from 9 am on 18 May 2020 to 6 pm 31 October 2020, second application is open from 9 am on 31 August 2020.

Application Procedures

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Application and Assessment Details

Applications will be assessed based on individual merits and considered on a case-by-case basis. The assessment criteria of the D-Biz Programme projects include:

If a project is worthy of support in principle, the level of funding may be adjusted with reference to the project cost approved by the Committee.

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