Success Stories

Tech Transfer (Dec 19 2012)
Universities in the United States, collectively, produce about 3,000 US patents annually, which are licensed to outside firms or start-up companies for commercialisation. The Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) was set up in 1974 to support and advance academic technology transfers globally. The Chicago-based group is made up of members from more than 350 universities, research institutions, teaching hospitals and government agencies, as well as hundreds of companies involved in managing and licensing innovations.
The Right Move (Nov 7 2012)
Lexicon Relocation launched its Hong Kong regional headquarters in June, marking “an important step” for the US-based firm. “Given its widely-acknowledged advantages as a transparent regional business hub, global finance centre and gateway to the fastest growing economy in the world, Hong Kong is a natural choice for any strategically-minded organisation with global aspirations as its foundation stone in Asia,” said Mike Mancini, President and COO, Lexicon Relocation.
Home of the Brand (Sep 26 2012)
High-end European brands, which years ago recognised Hong Kong as their launching pad to Greater China markets, were right on the money. China is well on the way to becoming the world's-largest consumer of luxury goods, according to various industry experts, while the World Luxury Association's official report for 2012 maintains it is already there.
Start-Up Hong Kong (Sep 26 2012)
Paul Orlando is an entrepreneur with experience in the United States and China. In 2008, he co-founded the New York-based start-up Chatfe, providing communications services for online communities. Since then, he has taught more than 50 start-up founders. This month, he's launching a start-up programme in Hong Kong. In Six Questions, Mr Orlando explains the idea behind Startup Bootcamp.
Heads-Up on Style (Sep 6 2012)
American headwear and apparel brand New Era Cap launched headlong into the Hong Kong market with the opening of its first flagship store in April 2011. The brand has had a regional head office in the city since 2007, but now that the Chinese market "is hot" for lifestyle brands from the United States, Hong Kong provides the ideal launching pad.
Business Muscle (Apr 5 2012)
Hong Kong's inner-city parks and pathways are drawing hundreds of office workers from their buildings to exercise outdoors. They're pounding the pavement with Circuit 25 (C25), an innovative fitness programme devised by graphic-designer-turned-personal trainer, Davide Butson‐Fiori.
The Real Deal (Oct 19 2011)
Real estate professional Craig Shute was thrilled to be heading back to Asia, when CBRE formerly known as CB Richard Ellis, posted him to Hong Kong in 2008. Having worked for the American company since 1998, he had already done stints in his native Australia, as well as the company's home state of California.
Hong Kong Harvest (Apr 6 2011)
Having wowed the Hong Kong dining scene with three successful restaurants, American culinary entrepreneur Todd Darling last year opened a business close to his heart. In collaboration with local farmers, Homegrown Foods Hong Kong delivers seasonal produce direct to the doors of increasingly quality-conscious consumers. It's a concept Mr Darling, co-founder of Integrated Hospitality Management (IHM), had long been cooking up.
Bright Idea (Sep 29 2010)
It light looks like a conventional electric light bulb. But a closer look reveals a set of four solar panels, which top up a rechargeable battery that powers the device after the sun goes down.
All That Glitters (Sep 8 2010)
Chris Del Gatto's business plan is based on the premise that money can grow on trees – in the form of unworn jewellery. The certified gemologist and diamond-cutter from New York realised early on that jewellery buying could offer instant liquidity – "like a stock market for securities." Seeing an opportunity to develop an upscale estate brand based on purchasing jewellery from the public, he founded CIRCA in 2001.
Child's Play (Mar 24 2010)
"A baby's needs are timeless," says Ryan Gunnigle, President and CEO of United States-based Kids II. "It's the needs of moms and dads that demand innovation."