Distance Business Programme

Overview and Objectives

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 (ITC) has launched the Distance Business (D-Biz) Programme to support enterprises to continue their business and services through the adoption of IT solutions. The Hong Kong Productivity Council is appointed as the Secretariat.

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. An initial payment of 30% of the approved funding amount is payable to a designated bank account after the application has been approved.

Funding Scope

To facilitate enterprises to identify suitable IT solutions, we will provide Lists of IT Solutions and IT Service Providers for their reference, with a view to expediting processing time and benefiting the enterprises as soon as possible.
The List of IT Solutions will cover 13 categories of IT solutions for supporting distance business.

Examples of D-Biz Scope

1. Online stores
 2. Online order taking & delivery, smart self-service system (such as online food ordering & delivery solution, smart lockers, smart kiosk, smart vending machine, etc.)
 3. Online customer services & engagement (such as online ticketing, online booking system, CRM , virtual service delivery, online medical consultation etc.)
 4. Digital customer experience enhancement (such as Chatbot, AI, AR / VR, Customer Analytics, etc.)
 5. Digital marketing
 6. Digital payment / mobile POS
 7. Online / cloud based Financial management system (such as electronic invoicing system)
 8. Online / cloud based Human resources management system (such as electronic payroll system, employee self-service portal, talent management, online training system, online & location based attendance / clocking monitoring and reporting, employee leave management, employee reimbursement handling system, etc.)
 9. Remote document management and cloud storage (such as shared drive) and remote access services (such as remote desktop control, Virtual Private Network, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure)
 10. Virtual meeting & conference tool
 11. Virtual team management & communications (such as collaboration tool, instant messaging platform, etc.)
 12. Cybersecurity solutions (such as firewall, anti-virus / malware solution, etc.)
 13. Other Online / cloud based business support system (such as ERP, e-application form and approval workflow, robotic process automation, etc.)

Frequently Asked Questions

Anti-epidemic Fund (Anti-epidemic Fund) is the Hong Kong SAR government’s response to the urgent financial needs of people’s livelihood in the COVID-19 epidemic, to help various industries operate and protect employment. Relevant measures have been formally included in the 2020-21 budget, and since the beginning of 2020, nearly HKD 300 million in funding has been introduced.

The D-Biz is a 6-month limited express full-funding plan of HKD 500 million under the second round of anti-epidemic and anti-epidemic funds of the Science and Technology Bureau to support the purchase, adoption and Set up software and related training expenditures to help merchants develop remote business operations against the epidemic. Each approved program can receive up to HKD 100,000, and each company can receive up to HKD 300,000

Since D-Biz adopts the rapid approval method, it only takes 10 working days to have the application result, and the efficiency of preparing the plan is particularly important. The sooner an enterprise receives approval for funding, the sooner it will be able to achieve remote business operations and resist the business impact of the epidemic. We are making use of our rich experience in digital marketing to provide convenient and effective planning solutions for various industries, assisting enterprises to set up various remote business systems, and seeking to apply for hundreds of jobs, to truly help enterprises face difficulties and overcome difficulties together.

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