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What You'll Need to Apply for HKPC's D-Biz Programme

Distance Business (D Biz) Funding Applicants

In 2018 Google found that only 50% of Hong Kong's small- and medium-sized firms agreed that digital was a fundamental of business. Now with COVID-19 ravaging their businesses, many find themselves suffering from that outdated mindset.

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To accelerate change, as part of the government's Anti-Epidemic Fund, the Hong Kong Productivity Council is providing up to HK$100,000 in funding per project "for enterprises to adopt IT solutions for developing distance business." The services Cogney provides - namely SEO, SEM, Facebook Ads, and analytics - allow you to reach potential customers from a distance and are all covered. We applied as a vendor on their reference list and were accepted (SP-883-468).

Applications for funding open Monday May 18th and all the details are available here. I've read through the guidance notes and summarized what you'll need from us:

  • Upfront

    With your application

    • Quotation
    • Signed probity and non-collusive quotation / tendering certificate
    • Expected benefits from this project in maximum of 800 words
    • Our Service Provider Reference List Code: SP-883-468

  • Later

    Within two months after completion of the project

    • Final project report
    • Evidence of deliverables
    • Copy of invoices and corresponding receipts

    Note: If your approved funding amount exceeds HK$30,000, you'll need an audited statement of income and expenditure from an independent auditor who must be a CPA. The D-Biz programme will cover up to HK$3,000 of this (as part of your funding amount), but you'll need to attach copies of quotations and non-collusive certificates upfront with your application.

  • Much later

    Within six months after completion of the project

    Submit a post-project evaluation survey.


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We’re a Hong Kong-based digital marketing agency with unrivaled experience and knowledge of organic and paid search marketing in numerous consumer and B2B categories. Learn more about us or contact us now about your website. We'll hold your hand through every step of the D-Biz funding process and take your online business to the next level.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. When do I get the money?

You get 30% upfront after signing the funding agreement. You get the rest when the project is done and your final project report is accepted.

2. Is my company eligible?

If it's not publicly traded or an NGO funded by the government, you have a Business Registration certificate that shows you've commenced before January 1, 2020, and haven't accepted money from other government programs, you're eligible.

3. My business doesn't have any customers yet. Can I still get funding?

Yes, as long as you registered the company before January 1, 2020. You'll need to submit your Business Registration Certificate to prove that. You'll also need to prove you have "substantive business operation" in Hong Kong. They look at various factors such as nature of the business operations and number of employees in Hong Kong.

4. Do I need to get multiple quotations to apply?

Not if you work with a subscription based service provider like Cogney. Section 15 says "There is no minimum number of quotations for purchase required."