D-Biz IT Service Providers Reference List Is Open for Application

The Innovation and Technology Commission, on 1 May, announced that the Distance Business Programme under the Anti-epidemic Fund of the Government will accept applications from information technology (IT) service providers to enroll for the IT Service Providers Reference List from 4 May.

“To support enterprises to continue their business and services during the epidemic, the Programme provides funding support through fast-track processing for enterprises to adopt IT solutions for developing distance business. We believe various sectors in Hong Kong will benefit from the Programme,” a spokesman for the Commission said.

Under the Programme, for each IT solution and the relevant training expenses for the employees, the funding ceiling is $100,000. Each enterprise may receive total funding of up to $300,000 to undertake a project to be completed within six months.

The Programme covers 12 IT categories relating to distance business as follows:

  • Online business;
  • Online order taking and delivery, and smart self-service systems;
  • Online customer services and engagement;
  • Digital customer experience enhancement;
  • Digital payment/mobile point of sale;
  • Online/cloud-based financial management systems;
  • Online/cloud-based human resources management systems;
  • Remote document management, cloud storage and remote access services;
  • Virtual meeting and conference tools;
  • Virtual team management and communications;
  • Cybersecurity solutions; and
  • Other online/custom-built/cloud-based business support systems.

The Programme will provide an IT Service Providers Reference List to offer relevant market information for enterprises’ reference. To enrol for the Reference List, a service provider should possess a valid Business Registration Certificate and technical capability and experience relating to the IT solution categories above.

For more information, please visit https://www.hkpc.org/en/distance-business-programme.