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Answer ... Hong Kong ranks among the top 10 fintech hubs globally. In 2018, the jurisdiction placed fifth for digitalisation of its traditional financial sector and in 2019 Cornell University ranked it as Asia’s fourth most innovative economy.
Over the years, the government and industry have offered various training programmes to enhance the digital literacy of practitioners in the financial services industry (eg, the Financial Incentive Scheme for Professional Training).
In this regard, Hong Kong has deployed a number of initiatives to assist with innovation, in the form of incubators and innovation labs and accelerators.
Incubators: There are two main incubators in Hong Kong – Cyberport and Hong Kong Science and Technology Park. To attract talent to Hong Kong, these incubators offer rent-free and/or concessionary rent working space, with successful Cyberport applicants being offered up to HK$500,000 to kick-start their start-ups.
Innovation labs and accelerators: A number of world-class innovation labs have been set up in Hong Kong over the years. Examples includes Accenture’s FinTech Innovation Lab and Deloitte’s Asia-Pacific Blockchain Lab.
Accelerators work together with innovation labs in order to promote collaboration and understanding among regulators, customers, business partners and technology companies. Examples of accelerators include DBS Accelerator, which is operated by DBS, and venture capital firm Nest.
Government initiatives: Government awards are sometimes handed out to promising programmes. Hong Kong has also signed a number of international collaboration agreements with various governments around the globe with the aim of developing the fintech market.