We are excited to announce our participation in the Asta數碼轉型支援先導計劃, a groundbreaking initiative by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government to empower businesses in their digital transformation journey.
About the Program
The 數碼轉型支援先導計劃, launched as part of the 2023-2024 fiscal budget, is designed to assist small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in adopting digital solutions to enhance operational efficiency and competitiveness. With an allocated budget of HKD 5 billion, this initiative aims to support a minimum of 8,000 eligible businesses, providing a grant of up to HKD 50,000 per enterprise.
Why choose Asta:
As a trusted partner, we recognize the importance of embracing digital transformation. Through its Digital Transformation Support Pilot Program, Asta is committed to providing your business with the tools and resources it needs to succeed in the digital age.
- Tailored for SMEs with minimal or no prior exposure to technology.
- Assistance in acquiring existing foundational digital solutions.
- One-on-one matching grant model.
- Funding capped at HKD 50,000 per eligible enterprise.
- Program duration: 2 years, starting from the 2023-24 fiscal year.
To qualify, your SME must:
- Belong to the retail or food and beverage industry.
- Be registered under the Business Registration Ordinance (Chapter 310) in Hong Kong.
- Have substantive business operations in Hong Kong.
- Not be a listed company, statutory body, or a non-governmental organization receiving public funding.
- Have a full-time staff count not exceeding 50.
Application Categories and Timeline:
- First Round (Expected Launch: February 2024):
- Digital Solutions: Electronic payment systems and in-store sales
- Second Round (To be announced after the completion of the first round):
- Industry: Retail
How to Apply:
To initiate your digital transformation journey with the support of Cyberport, you will need to:
1. Review the eligibility criteria and ensure your business qualifies.
2. Prepare the necessary documents, including business registration copies, proof of substantive business operations, and industry-specific certifications.
3. Stay tuned for the official launch of the application process.
Why Choose Asta?
As a trusted partner, we recognize the importance of embracing digital transformation. Through the 數碼轉型支援先導計劃, Asta aims to equip your business with the tools and resources needed to thrive in the digital age.
We encourage all eligible SMEs to seize this valuable opportunity and begin the application process promptly. The allocated funds are limited, and once exhausted, further applications may not be possible
For more information or assistance in navigating the application process, feel free to contact our dedicated team. Let's embark on this digital transformation journey together!
--(852) 5622 3267
Feel free to customize the content to better align with your company's tone, branding, and specific details.
Below are some frequently asked questions and answers about the "Digital Transformation Support Pilot Programme":
1. Does the "Digital Transformation Support Pilot Scheme" require obtaining multiple vendor quotations?
- No, only the selected solution that has been pre-approved by the independent review committee needs to be chosen in advance.
2. Will there be a shortage of approvals for the "Digital Transformation Support Pilot Scheme"?
- No, as all vendor proposals have been pre-approved by Cyberport, the funding amount is predetermined at the time of application.
3. How is the "Digital Transformation Support Pilot Scheme" different from other subsidies?
- The "Digital Transformation Support Pilot Scheme" emphasizes simplicity and convenience, eliminating the need for complex documentation and intermediary applications.
4. How long does it take to receive the results of the application for the "Digital Transformation Support Pilot Scheme"?
- It depends on the number of applications, but currently, the expected timeframe is 2 months.
5. Can the "Digital Transformation Support Pilot Scheme" subsidize the purchase of hardware?
- Yes, as long as the solution provider can demonstrate that the equipment or hardware is a crucial component of the proposed solution.
6. Can the "Digital Transformation Support Pilot Scheme" be used to pay for existing services?
- No, because the purpose of the "Digital Transformation Support Pilot Scheme" is to assist small and medium enterprises in digital transformation.
7. Can the "Digital Transformation Support Pilot Scheme" cover subscription services?
- Yes, and subscription services are expected to be a key focus of the "Digital Transformation Support Pilot Scheme."
8. How many years of subscription/annual fee services can the "Digital Transformation Support Pilot Scheme" subsidize?
- Two years.
9. What are the consequences if the project is not completed?
- If the applicant fails to meet the requirements of the final report, the government and HKCMCL reserve the right to request the return of any approved funds.
10. Can the quotation be adjusted after approval of the funding?
- If the cost of the adopted solution decreases at any time or for any reason to an extent that the approved funding amount exceeds half of the total cost of the adopted solution, the approved funding amount can be adjusted downward at any time. If the cost of the adopted solution increases after approval, the approved funding amount will remain unchanged.