On August 17, The Hong Kong Design Centre (HKDC)’s two new Design Incubation Centres were officially unveiled and Herman Miller is honoured to be the centres’ furniture sponsor. Located in Wong Chuk Hang and at Clothing Industry Training Authority (CITA) Kowloon Bay Training Centre, the new centres for the Design Incubation Programme (DIP) and Fashion Incubation Programme (FIP) will be home to many young design start-ups and emerging fashion entrepreneurs.
The opening was marked with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony, attended by Prof. Eric Yim, Chairman of HKDC, and the guests of honour Mr Edward Yau, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development and Mr Jerry Liu, Head of Create Hong Kong. “In the coming three years, we expect to admit over 90 DIP incubatees and 15 FIP incubatees,” said Prof. Yim. “The new incubation centres are homes and co-working space for them (and) we hope the new collaborative environment and different supports offered will be able to boost the confidence of the creative communities and facilitate collaborative projects and innovations.”
DIP and FIP have been managed by HKDC since 2012 and 2016 respectively, with the aim of nurturing Hong Kong’s up-and-coming design and fashion brands. These two-year incubation programmes help the companies realise their full potential by offering financial subsidies and office space, business and technical advice, resources and technical tools as well as exchange and networking opportunities.
“The Government attaches great importance to design, which is one of the most prominent pillars of Hong Kong;s creative industries,” said Mr Yau, speaking at the ceremony. “It generates over $4.1 billion for our economy a year and attained 15 per cent annual growth over the last decade. Value aside (though) design is an area that the Government and society seek to promote.”
About Design Incubation Programme (DIP)
As a major incubation programme fully supported and funded by the Hong Kong SAR Government and managed by HKDC, DIP has been nurturing over 200 design start-ups of various disciplines (including jewellery design, product design, multi-media design and architecture and interior design) since 2006; helping companies to overcome challenges at this early and critical stage of development. Over the past decade, the incubatees of DIP have received over 280 local and international awards and successfully applied for over 320 trademarks.
About Fashion Incubation Programme (FIP)
Launched by HKDC in 2016, FIP is part of the Government’s measures to further the development of the fashion industry and over the next three years, a total of 15 designers will be selected to join a two-year programme. The chosen designers will be provided with studio space, co-creation projects and collaboration funds, marketing and promotion support and training and mentorship, Four fashion brands (Cynthia & Xiao, FFIXXED STUDIOS, Loom Loop and Yeung Chin) have already been selected.