Investing in ideas
of the future

 

We know that we need to look ahead to move forward. Yet thinking about the future and taking action are quite different. Join us as we explore the trends and ideas that are shaping our world of tomorrow.

Exploring investable ideas

Understanding the changes that are taking place in the world can help us stay ahead. We've identified three megatrends – demographic change, sustainability pressures and technological advancement – that will all have a significant influence on how we live.

Using this framework to analyse how the world is changing, each megatrend can be divided into key investable ideas:

Sustainability pressures Demographic change Technological advancement

Sustainability pressures


  • Clean air
  • Sustainable water supplies
  • Sustainable food

Demographic change


  • Ageing population
  • Millennials

Technological advancement


  • Work 2.0
  • Gaming
  • Robotics
  • Smart mobility
  • 5G
  • Blockchain

Technological advancement

Technology is a key driver for economic growth and its evolution has changed the way we live, work and solve some of the world’s pressing issues. Investing in the right technology can be lucrative, while also improving the standard of living for many.

How are technological innovations impacting our lives?

Dr. Ayesha Khanna, CEO and co-founder of ADDO AI, an artificial intelligence solutions firm and incubator, shares her insights on how technology is shaping our cities and lives, and its potential to bridge the digital divide.

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