Fostering Digital Transformation: New $500m D-Biz Fund to support

Original post by GoBuddy.asia on April 20, 2020

COVID-19 has great caused global impact both positively and negatively. Negatively speaking, it’s a huge tsunami for a lot of traditional businesses. Positively speaking, it’s a huge opportunity for digital businesses.

It’s going to be a change and there will be a new way of spending and lifestyle in the future. It simply means it’s the time for digital transformation.

Hong Kong has no exception, and thanks to its great treasury reserves, Hong Kong is still able to survive and offer different subsidy schemes and policies that favour and help businesses to sustain in the market.

The businesses to be supported include online stores, e-marketing, cyber-security, remote document management, remote team management, and virtual meeting

Recently, the Secretary of Innovation and Technology Bureau has also announced the HKD 500 million D-Biz scheme for 6 months period to support Hong Kong enterprises work from home. The businesses to be supported include online stores, e-marketing, cyber-security, remote document management, remote team management, and virtual meeting.

Application starts in May and Hong Kong Productivity Council will be the secretarial entity handling. ITD expected the application would only take 10 working days upon all documents submission. This is a motivating measure and it’s a great opportunity to foster digital transformation.

GoBuddy is ready to be part of this journey, as we are offering a full 3-in-1 digital software suite for checkout solutions integrated with e-commerce, e-booking and community building in one single platform.

The original post by the Innovation and Technology Bureau can be found at: https://www.itb.gov.hk/en/blog/2020/bg_20200419.html. and below. Only in Chinese.

創科抗疫 轉危為機

受疫情影響,學生要在家學習、企業須在家辦工,對不同行業帶來衝擊。然而,有危亦有機,某些行業如電子商貿、金融科技等,業務逆流而上;最近有報道一間連鎖商店,業務慘淡,但經開拓線上銷售平台,生意終見起色;而科學園、數碼港的創科企業最近亦逆市招聘約2000個新職位。創新科技不單可用於防疫抗疫,亦是幫助各行各業創出生路、撐過疫情的關鍵。

我們在第二輪防疫抗疫基金下,推出為期六個月、為數五億元的「遙距營商計劃」(D-Biz),透過特快批核,資助企業利用創新與科技,在疫情期間開拓遙距業務,創造新的價值、新的能力、新的機遇,轉危為機。

例如零售店舖在疫情下生意冷清,可透過計劃發展電子商務;餐飲業在市民減少聚集的情況下受到重創,可利用資助開拓網上外賣餐飲服務、增設流動電子支付;教育中心可開設線上課程、診所可設置網上應診等。只要是有助於遙距營商的科技應用,不論是設置網店(online stores)、進行網上營銷(e-marketing)、強化網絡安全(cybersecurity)、或是方便在家工作的遙距文件管理系統(remote document management)、遙距團隊管理(remote team management)、網上會議(virtual meeting)等,購買和採用科技方案及相關培訓的開支,我們都會全額資助。每個方案連同培訓開支的資助最多10萬元,而每間公司(上市公司、法定機構和接受公帑資助的非政府機構除外)可獲最多30萬元總額資助。

為確保快速批核及協助企業盡快啟動相關科技方案,應對疫情打擊,我們將提供已核准的資訊科技方案及服務供應商清單。市場上具經驗提供與遙距營商科技方案有關的專業服務供應商,也可申請加入清單。

生產力促進局會擔任是次計劃的秘書處,並採用快速批核方式,申請資料和所需文件齊備後,大約10個工作天內可通知申請結果。計劃會於5月開始接受申請,預期將可惠及超過3000間企業,本港創科業界和各行各業都可受惠。

支援業界,除了直接資助如減租免租,我們更著重給業界多點機會、多些生意,推動創科應用落地,業界長做長有,創造業界和社會都受惠的雙贏方案。就如我們上月推出的「公營機構試用計劃」募集支持防疫抗疫的本地科技產品和應用,反應非常踴躍,共收到超過330個方案,包括抗病毒塗層、自動探熱機械人及抗病毒衣物等。我們正全速進行審批,很快就可以在不同的公營機構試用。

我相信,善用創科絕對可以幫助香港、幫助不同行業在疫情的陰霾下闖出新天地,轉危為機。

楊偉雄
創新及科技局局長
2020年4月19日

#EM Stories: Love is all it takes

Embracing Motherhood is the theme for Hong Kong Momtrepreneurs in 2020. We have invited our members and partners, either mothers or not, to share their own stories of #EmbracingMotherhood.

As a mother of three children, Ingrid Chan has her plate quite full as she is also running her own Chinese medicine clinic. Let’s her from her the #EmbracingMotherhood story that keeps her going everyday:

Q: What have you learnt from motherhood that helped you at work? Or the other way around?

A: To be the role model for my kids

Q: How does your own identity of mother connect with their role in the workforce?

A: Reliable and Considerate

Q: What are the common traits you may see between a mother and a working professional?

A: Working very HARD

Q: Tell us a fun fact about yourself in relation to your unique experience of #EmbracingMotherhood.

A: Being a mom of three kids, my unique experience is when I bring them alone and they all slept over on a bus journey. I became a multi-function cushion, security guard, strong woman without any brush on but still feeling so good when you looking at their sleeping face.

Q: In a single word, what is Motherhood to you?

A: LOVE

Q: As #EmbracingMotherhood campaign unfolds, which topic(s) would you like us to cover in relation to this theme?

A: Motherhood and Life Balance

To learn more about Ingrid, you may reach out to her on our members page.

Stay with us to hear more #EmbracingMotherhood stories and continue supporting us on Hong Kong Momtrepreneurs’ Moms Take Off campaign. Stay tuned.