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GETTING STARTED

Hong Kong’s welcoming business environment supports start-ups, entrepreneurs and businesses looking to expand in the region. It is a leading centre for trade fairs and MICE events covering multiple sectors that bring international brands and entrepreneurs to the city.

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Setting Up A Business

Setting up a company in Hong Kong is efficient and straightforward. Initial set-up costs are low, and there is a wide choice of professional, financial and legal services companies to support the process. The overall business environment is advantageous to small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

  • As a leading financial centre, Hong Kong provides significant opportunities to access funding. The city’s angel investors and venture capitalists offer opportunities for collaboration, investment and mentorship.
  • The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), InvestHK, the Trade and Industry Department and other organisations have a wealth of resources and information to assist new businesses.
  • For start-ups in Hong Kong, there are a variety of public and private incubation and acceleration programmes.

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Starting a business in Hong Kong

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Last revision date: 31/08/2021

Funding & Support

Hong Kong is committed to supporting start-ups and SMEs and has a number of funding schemes to help businesses get started, obtain loans, upgrade or explore new markets.

  • InvestHK works with overseas and Mainland entrepreneurs, SMEs and multinationals planning to set up an office, start or expand their existing business in Hong Kong. Customised advice and services are available to support companies at all stages.
  • The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) provides a free business advisory service, business intelligence and workshops on trade-related business opportunities at the HKTDC SME Centre.
  • Incubators, including the Hong Kong Science Park and Cyberport, also offer funding schemes.
  • SMEOne, under the Hong Kong Productivity Council, provides information on 40+ funding schemes offered by the government and connects SMEs with appropriate resources.

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Funding support schemes

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Funding support for SME & start-up

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Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks TecONE

BUD fund

Support to SMEs

Government Funding Schemes at a Glance

Support and Consultation Centre for SMEs

Last revision date: 31/08/2021

Co-working Spaces

Shared workspaces, serviced offices, virtual offices and co-working spaces offer start-ups and new businesses a chance to establish an office swiftly and efficiently. Hong Kong’s choice of co-working facilities has expanded in the past decade to offer a broad range of spaces in locations across the city.

Offering start-ups and SMEs the opportunity to reduce overheads, share resources and scale up office space when needed, co-working spaces also foster an entrepreneurial spirit and provide a support network. They may also lead to collaboration opportunities with like-minded entrepreneurs and exposure to new ideas and opportunities.

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Enhanced Social Innovation Co-working Space Subsidy Scheme 

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Last revision date: 31/08/2021

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