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Asia-Pacific Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship Ecosystems
Date : 2 - 5 Dec 2019
Venue : Hong Kong Science Park


World-class research universities are the incubators of scientific and technological discoveries. They are one of the essential drivers for the growth of innovation. In the Asia Pacific, there are a growing number of research universities that are ranked among the global top 100, and they are engaged in cutting-edge research that is vital to achieving the vision of creating innovation and entrepreneurship hubs in the region.

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) is hosting the inaugural Asia-Pacific Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship Ecosystems (APCIEE) in partnership with the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and the University of Hong Kong (HKU) in December 2019. The conference aims at creating a venue for critical dialogues focusing on nurturing innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems and inspiring collaboration across disciplines, sectors, and geographies. Bringing together thought leadership and key stakeholders, the conference will bridge the knowledge gap between researchers, policy-makers, business leaders, university leaders, entrepreneurs and investors on the pressing issues of converting existing strengths of research universities into resources that catalyze innovation.


Thematic Sessions

  Presidents' Forum
  Artificial Intelligence (AI) Entrepreneurship in Construction Industry
  Artificial Intelligence (AI) Entrepreneurship in Health Care Industry
  Role of Research Universities in Innovation-led Economic Growth
  Making Innovation and Entrepreneurship Ecosystems Work
  Synthetic Biology and Bio-Economy
  Challenges and Opportunities of Entrepreneurship in the Greater Bay Area


Keynote Speakers

Prof. Peretz LAVIE - President Emeritus of Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
Prof. Dennis LO - Director of Li Ka Shing Institute of Health Sciences, CUHK, HKSAR
Prof. Harvey LODISH - Founder of Genzyme and Founding Member of Whitehead Institute, MIT
Prof. Tieniu TAN - Deputy Director of the Central Government's Liasion Office in HKSAR of China
- Special Advisor of Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore


Honorary Speakers

Dr. David CHUNG Wai-keung, JP - Under Secretary for Innovation and Technology, Government of HKSAR
Prof. Wei SHYY - President, HKUST
Prof. Rocky S. TUAN - Vice-Chancellor and President, CUHK
Prof. Xiang ZHANG - President and Vice-Chancellor, HKU


Technical Exhibition

A technical exhibition intended for startups, academic institutions, investors, government bodies, and organizations that support and promote innovation and entrepreneurship will be held concurrently on 2-3 December 2019. Exhibition booths may be registered prior to the conference.

For enquiries, please email to apcieebooth@ust.hk.



The Chinese University of Hong Kong
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
The University of Hong Kong
The Association of Pacific Rim Universities


About the Conference 

For more information, please click here for the APCIEE website.


For registration, please click here.


HKUST Jockey Club Institute for Advanced Study
Enquiries: ias@ust.hk / 2358 5912