Hong Kong Financial Secretary Paul Chan warned a negative growth of the full-year economy last Sunday (27/10).  True, due to the uncertainties of the global economy including US-China Trade War, Brexit, slower growth of China OBOR Initiative, Hong Kong has been suffering in a downward trending in 2019. Without a doubt, most of the SMEs are struggling in their business development. In order to alleviate this issue, Support and Consultation Centre for SMEs (SUCCESS) has updated more than 40 of the funding scheme for 10 industries. WYND team hopes you can benefit from it.

👉 Tips from WYND team: Apart from these 40 supports, the Chief Executive has announced the Policy Address 2019 recently. You can find out more assistance to SMEs from Policy Address 2019 by reading our previous blog.


1..Trade & Investment

  • Microfinance Scheme: Assist potential start-up owners, through training, upgrading of skills or obtaining professional certification
    • Target Applicants: Individuals aged 18 or above and holders of Hong Kong Identity Card (with the right of abode, right to land or stay in Hong Kong without restrictions)
  • SME Export Marketing Fund: Encourage SMEs to expand markets in other regions by attending export promotion activities
    • Target Applicants: SMEs


2. Technology Industry

  • Reindustrialisation and Technology Training Programme (RTTP): Subsidy to local companies for staff training in advanced technologies, especially those related to “Industry 4.0”
    • Target Applicants: Enterprises registered in Hong Kong
  • Technology Start-up Support Scheme for Universities (TSSSU): Provides funding to designated local universities in support of technology start-up businesses and commercialising their research and development (R&D) results
    • Target Applicants: Locally incorporated technology start-ups established for not more than two years, and the teams of the start-ups having any mix of the students and professors of the designated university


3. Research & Development (R&D)

  • Innovation and Technology Support Programme (ITSP): Supports research and development (R&D) projects undertaken by designated local public research institutes and R&D Centres.
    • Target Applicants: R&D Centres and designated local public research institutes
  • Enterprise Support Scheme (ESS): Encourage investment to research and development (R&D) from private sector
    • Target Applicants: Locally incorporated companies
  • Research and Development Cash Rebate Scheme (CRS): Reinforce the research culture among private companies and encourage in the establishment of partnership with designated local public research institutions
    • Target Applicants: Enterprises registered in Hong Kong

4. Retail


5. Creative Industry

  • Design Incubation Programme: Provide software and hardware support to design start-ups at the early stage of their business development
    • Target Applicants: Locally incorporated companies for not more than three years (and Hong Kong permanent residents)
  • Fashion Incubation Programme: Foster local fashion creative economy and strengthen the positioning of Hong Kong design and fashion development in both Indo-Pacific region and global contexts
    • Target Applicants: Fashion design-oriented business either incorporated in Hong Kong or overseas for more than 3 years


👉 Tips from WYND team: When you sell a product, a sale campaign is always needed. Click me to look at some examples in order to be inspired.

6. Travel Industry

  • Pilot Information Technology Development Matching Fund Scheme for Travel Agents: Support in utilizing information technology among SME-sized travel agents for upgrading service quality and productivity, as well as strengthening their competitiveness in both local and global market.
    • Target Applicants: Small and medium-sized travel agents (employing fewer than 50 persons in Hong Kong) holding a valid travel agent’s licence under the Travel Agents Ordinance (Cap. 218) with substantive travel agent business in Hong Kong
  • Development Fund for the Travel Industry: Enhance the competitiveness of the local travel industry through providing subsidy to the training and promotional activities
    • Target Applicants: Small and medium-sized travel agents (employing fewer than 50 persons in Hong Kong) holding a valid travel agent’s licence under the Travel Agents Ordinance (Cap. 218)


👉 Tips from WYND team: Since tourism is one of the four key industries in the Hong Kong economy, the government proposed the idea of $120 cash subsidy to travel agencies for each inbound tourists.

7. Environmental Protection

  • Recycling Fund (Enterprise Support Programme): Offer funding support for individual Hong Kong enterprises to upgrade and expand their waste recycling operations
    • Target Applicants: Enterprises registered in Hong Kong and involved in recycling-related operation
  • Pilot Green Transport Fund: Subsidise the testing of green innovative technologies applicable to the public transport sector
    • Target Applicants: Existing transport operators based in Hong Kong (including cross-boundary transport) and operating in the relevant transport service for more than 1 year


8. Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation

  • Sustainable Agriculture Development Fund: Support practical, application-oriented projects, schemes or research work that enhance farmers’ productivity and contribute to fostering the sustainable development
    • Target Applicants: Company incorporated in Hong Kong having a close connection with the agricultural industry in Hong Kong or farmers seeking grants under the Farm Improvement Scheme
  • J.E. Joseph Trust Fund to grant loans: Grant loans to farmers’ co-operative societies and individual farmers for use either as development or working capital
    • Target Applicants: Farmers’ co-operative societies and individual farmers

9. Construction

  • Construction Innovation and Technology Fund: Funding support to enterprises and practitioners of the construction industry to adopt innovative construction methods and new technologies in the construction industry with uplifting built quality, improving site safety and enhancing environmental performance
    • Target Applicants: Construction-related enterprises in Hong Kong


10. Chinese Medicine

  • Chinese Medicine Development Fund (Enterprise Support Programme): Offers matching fund to practitioners and institutions to facilitate the development of Chinese Medicine Industry in Hong Kong
    • Target Applicants: Licensed proprietary Chinese medicine manufacturers or proprietary Chinese medicine wholesalers under the Chinese Medicine Ordinance (Cap 549)


👉 Tips from WYND team: Instead of financial support seeking, working in a coworking space can assist in the reduction of the financial burden. If you are not familiar with the benefits of coworking space, click me to find out the advantages of choosing a coworking space.

In fact, as mentioned before, there are more than 40 kinds of funding, let’s click me or go to Trade and Industry Department to read more information about the funding.

👉 Tips to WYND Members: Considering your business nature, the first 6 fundings/schemes could be the most essential and useful for your short-term needs.

Follow up on WYND’s blog page, keep checking out our latest blogs and we will offer various useful information and tips for Startups, SMEs. We hope you can find some practical resources for your business to overcome global economic hardships.

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