D-Biz Programme

Overview

Remote working or service has become a newtrend against the backdrop of the epidemic. Under the Anti-Epidemic Fund, theInnovation and Technology Commission (ITC) has launched the Distance Business(D-Biz) Programme to support enterprises to adopt IT solutions to continuetheir business and services during the epidemic. The Hong Kong ProductivityCouncil is the Secretariat of the Programme.In view of the overwhelming response fromenterprises, the Government has announced on 26 June to allocate an additionalof HK$1 billion for the Programme, in addition to the original HK$500 million,to benefit more enterprises.

For each IT solution and the relevant trainingexpenses for the employees, the funding ceiling is HK$100,000 (with funding forthe 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 aproject to be implemented within six months.An enterprise will be disbursed a payment of30% of the funding amount after the application has been approved. Uponcompletion of the project and after the supporting documents are accepted, theremaining funding amount will be disbursed to the enterprise.IT solution(s) mustonly be implemented after approval is granted.

Funding Amount

Funding Scope

TheProgramme covers the following 4 IT solution categories:

1. 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)

2. Online ordertaking 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)

3. Online /cloud-based financial management systems

Adopt computerized 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

4. Remote document management, cloud storage and remote access services

  • Digitize 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)