Distance Business (D-Biz) Programme

Distance Business (D-Biz) Programme

25/05/2020 | News

Distance Business (D-Biz) Programme

 Distance Business Programme

(D-Biz)

Manmachine Systems Consultants Ltd is on D-Biz IT Service Providers Reference List (SP-875-306) for the following categories:

 

9.Virtual meeting and conference tools
Adopt tools to allow groups of people to collaborate or meet virtually through the Internet with the following functions but not limited to:
Support both audio and video communication, content sharing, manage appointments and registrations, meeting recordings, online polling and Q&A

 

11.Cybersecurity solutions
Improve the cybersecurity of the companies by implementing software, hardware or services to defend against cyber attacks
Solution examples include but not limited to data encryption, firewall, anti-virus / malware solutions


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:

1. From 9 am on 31 August, enterprises may submit a second application in which the categories of the IT solutions must be different from the approved categories in the first application. They may submit a second application after they have replied to the Secretariat on the result of the first application. The assessment criteria of the Programme remain unchanged. Each enterprise may receive an aggregate funding of up to HK$300,000;

2. The funding period for subscription-based IT solutions will be extended from 6 months to 12 months. This arrangement is also applicable to applications approved earlier;

3. The restriction that related entities being regarded as one single entity are not allowed to submit applications will be lifted; and

4. Social enterprises with certifications issued by the Hong Kong Council of Social Service for the Distance Business Programme will also be eligible.


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 during the epidemic, the Programme provides funding support through fast-track processing for enterprises to adopt IT solutions for developing distance business. The Hong Kong Productivity Council is the Secretariat of the Programme.

 

Funding Amount

For each IT solution and the relevant training expenses for the employees, the funding ceiling is HK$100,000 (with funding for the 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 a project to be completed within six months.

An enterprise will be disbursed a payment of 30% of the funding amount after the application has been approved. Upon completion of the project and after the supporting documents are accepted, the remaining funding amount will be disbursed to the enterprise.

*IT solution(s) must only be implemented after approval is granted.

 

Eligibility

All private enterprises (excluding publicly listed companies, statutory bodies and non-government organisations funded by the Government) with a valid Business Registration Certificate, ongoing business commenced before 1 January 2020 and substantive business operation in the industry related to the project in the application at the time of application are eligible.

 

Application Period

Application is open from 9 am on 18 May 2020 to 6 pm 31 October 2020.


Please contact us for more information
Tel: 2485 2038
Email: sales.dept@mscl-hk.com


Other related information

Distance Business Programme
IT Service Providers Reference List
The list of distance business IT solutions