Written by: McCain
2020-07-13 08:00Last update date: 2020-07-13 08:00
Through the second round of anti-epidemic and anti-epidemic funds, the government launched a 500 million yuan remote business plan (D-Biz). Applicants can receive full subsidies, which will be reduced to 1.5 billion yuan at the end of last month. However, as of July 8, there were still only 2,121 applications approved, and the approval time was much longer than the advertised 10 days, which took more than a month.
Some suppliers bluntly stated that the approval standard for the plan is unclear, and the approved amount is very different from the expected one. There is hesitation in the implementation of customers. In the future, customers will be advised to apply for technology vouchers. "D-Biz has the advantage of short time, but the result is a It has not been approved in the month, so it is better to apply for the old technology voucher."
The director of the Science and Technology Bureau Xue Yongheng earlier explained that the number of applications exceeded expectations, and the department has sent additional personnel to handle it; the goal of the Innovation and Technology Agency is to complete about 15,000 applications received by the end of June within August.
Xue Yongheng, director of the Science and Technology Bureau, said that the plan was overwhelmingly responsive and that he has already sent additional staff to process applications. (Profile picture/Photo by Lu Yiming)
The average 40,000 yuan for each case is far from the full 100,000 yuan
After launching on May 18, the D-Biz project received enthusiastic response, and decided to increase it to 1 billion yuan on June 26. The plan is to increase from the original 500 million yuan to a total of 1.5 billion yuan. Before the overweight, the plan has already received nearly 15,000 applications from the expected 3,000 applications, which has quadrupled. The Innovation and Technology Commission told Hong Kong 01 that as of 6 pm on July 8, a total of 15,426 applications have been received and 2,368 have been processed. Of these, 2,121 have been approved, with a total funding of more than 86 million yuan, which means that each case was awarded The approved amount is about 40,000 yuan, far from the full amount of 100,000 yuan.
The application was enthusiastic on the 10th
The government’s initial publicity plan indicated that each company can apply for up to three projects, each with a maximum subsidy amount of 100,000 yuan. If it exceeds 30,000 yuan, an independent audit is required, but full funding is available. Adam He, the person in charge of the promotion of Austrian Digital in the list of service providers, admitted that "the plan is theoretically fully funded and should be "relaxed". As a result, some 30% of them are approved."
From left: Joselie and Adam are on the government's list of service providers, but they think the plan will not actually help small businesses to do business. (Photo by Huang Baoying)
Adam's company submitted more than 10 applications from the first day of the planned application acceptance, but only one case was approved from more than one month to June 20, that is, the 10-day approval period became one month to complete. The only approved applications involved two projects, which were self-developed online stores and customer-related management, amounting to 90,000 and 80,000 yuan. Of the results, 32% were approved and received 52,000 yuan in subsidies.
Plan to subsidize insufficient customers to retreat
Company partner Feng Qianfan (Joselie) criticized that many customers received a large number of inquiries in the first week because of the 100,000 yuan full funding application plan. "The 10 hits are all about quotation, but they are actually so far. "The business is nothing." All because of the insufficient amount of subsidies granted, the customer retreated.
Joselie explained that after the plan is approved, 30% of the subsidy will be approved first, and the other 70% will be redistributed after the plan is completed. "In case we change the plan to get the price, but the government finally feels that the same plan is not the same. "I don't agree with the client when the final count is up." She thinks that the plan will not help SMEs to restructure, and most customers will not pay out of their own pockets under the epidemic.
Full subsidy means no matching is required
The government explained that "fully funded" meant that no company or applicant was required to match the amount of money. Adam reluctantly said: "There is no explanation for it, but everyone did not think it." He also said that the plan was pushed. It was too urgent, many details were not carefully considered, including the change from the original 13 items to 12 items, the application started on May 18, but the briefing was only broadcast on the Internet two days ago. I don’t know all the approval criteria for the plan. It’s like I’m dismissing 30% of the approval. The reason is nothing, I’m just returning your amount.”
Joselie added that every time the company team makes an quotation, it must have at least two meetings with the other party to draw up a plan. It takes a week. "If the customer really decides not to do it, we have nothing." She pointed to the current situation. It is very difficult to approve the amount of grants for a project that lasts for half a year. "Actually, the system can be shortened for a few days, and can it be won again and again? The system has no appeal?" She said that she had called the hotline for enquiries, but No one answered the phone for a full week. "We all want to fight for the interests of our customers."
The plan covers 12 types of IT solutions that can help remote business, but the duration is 6 months. (Photo by Huang Baoying)
The department replied that 12 applications were approved but the time for waiver of approval was determined according to the information
If the score is 10 points, Adam and Joselie concluded that the plan will only give a maximum of 5 points. "Always far from the expectations." They said, "The advantage of D-Biz is that it is short in time, but the results have not been approved for a month. "Apply for old technology vouchers", at least the details of the approval of technology vouchers are more careful, the amount approved is about 70%, and the success rate is higher. "Maybe we will all recommend returning to apply for technology vouchers."
The Innovation and Technology Commission responded to the "Hong Kong 01" enquiry that the time required for each application depends on whether the information submitted by the applicant is complete and appropriate, as well as the technical considerations of the application project. It cannot be generalized. The response of the enterprise to the plan was unexpectedly enthusiastic. There were more than 5,200 applications in the first week. Of the first 160 applications, about 86% (that is, 138) accepted the approved plan, and 10 Applications need more time to consider, and another 12 (7.5%) give up participating in the program.
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