4 December 2014 | HKCEC Hong Kong #FTInnovate 

Asia is home to some of the fastest growing economies in the world; and as India, China, Thailand, Indonesia, and other nations continue to develop at this exceptional pace, there is huge scope for progress and innovation, across a variety of industries.

Many financial leaders and policy makers believe that innovation is the key to economic growth. China’s President Xi Jinping last year called on companies to capitalise on the country’s industrial revolution to create innovations in science and technology, management, marketing and branding.

But what does it take to turn a novel idea into a commercial reality? What must business leaders do to breed creativity and innovation within firms? How can education systems and programmes help to nurture the imagination and celebrate originality early on? What are the processes and considerations involved in taking a new concept to market and monetising it? And how can new technologies, innovative start-ups or entrepreneurial angel investors be translated into economic benefits?

The Financial Times and Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation will gather CEOs and other C-suite decision-makers from cutting-edge businesses that have successfully conquered the Asian market. As one of the featured events under APAC Innovation Summit 2014, FT Innovate Asia 2014 will explore the challenges associated with taking a new technology, concept or brand to market, with a special focus on realising Asia’s huge economic and business potential.