London, October 27, 2014 – The first Credit Private Innovation Circle features companies with
innovations in the fields of Environmental Sustainability and Waste Management,
Healthcare and Medicine, Media and Technology as well as Demographics and Real Estate.
Eight entrepreneurs have been handpicked to introduce their ventures and exchange ideas
with a group of 90 select clients of the bank, international opinion leaders and influential
individuals, on October 24, 2014 in London.
Speaking at the event, John Zafiriou, Global Head of Solution Partners of Credit Suisse said, “Our first Private
Innovation Circle is the expression of a common belief that innovation is a great lever to transform the world,
that economic value can be unlocked anywhere and that perhaps even serendipity can be given a nudge across
countries, regions and corporations.”
”The Credit Suisse Private Innovation Circle is an extraordinary opportunity for me to explore new ideas
knowing that my counterpart is a part of Credit Suisse’s trusted investor network,” said Jan Nahum, founder,
CEO and chairman of Hexagon Kati Atik, and one of the eight presenting entrepreneurs.
“It is an esteemed honor to be part of the inaugural Private Innovation Circle of Credit Suisse and I am thrilled
to be able to share our exciting company story and products with an elite group of international decision
makers,” said Frank E. Celli, Chief Executive Officer of BioHitech America.
The eight presenting companies were chosen on the basis of the innovative power of their business ideas, their
revenue generating potential and the track record of their management:
• Frank E. Celli, CEO and Chairman of Biohitech America –a particularly creative and sustainable
solution for the disposal of food waste, designed to solve the increasingly relevant issue of food waste
disposal and its impact on our planet.
• Martin Vesper, CEO of digitalSTROM – a smart digital-based home solution and service platform for
living services and energy management with the goal to revolutionize the way we manage our homes and
transform them to really ‘smart’ homes, with almost unlimited possibilities.
• John J. H. Pedersen, Managing Partner of Ekistics Property Advisors – focusing on innovative
access to asset backed, real estate linked returns across the capital structure and across asset classes with
a strong emphasis on running yield and capital preservation.
• Jan Nahum, founder, CEO and chairman of Hexagon Kati Atik – with the objective of generating
maximum value from waste by producing recyclables until no further value can be extracted from the
• David Cam, founder and CEO of Hydrus Technology – designing, building and installing scalable,
re-locatable water treatment technology that provides some of the most significant cost and resource
• Alex Ing, co-founder, chairman and CEO of Jax Coco –producing and distributing premium,
natural coconut products that give consumers the benefit of a healthy product with the added knowledge
that their choice is helping to finance infrastructure in the world’s coconut-growing regions and to improve
• Ian M. Philips, Chairman, and Michael A. Lehman, CEO of Nutraceutical & Natural
Products –highly innovative technological solutions for the food and beverages industry which will
naturally reduce the calorie and salt content of consumer products without compromising its taste.
• Dr. Robert T. Do, Founder and CEO of Solena Fuels Corporation –a sustainable synthetic fuel
solution that allows the aviation, maritime and road transportation industries to utilize a sustainable
energy source without any modifications or changes to their engines or infrastructure.
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Credit Suisse Salon and Private Innovation Circle
The Credit Suisse Private Innovation Circle provides a highly attractive platform to select global UHNW clients to exchange
ideas with entrepreneurs around their innovative and trendsetting ventures, sponsored by an UHNW client of the
bank.The first Private Innovation Circle took place on the back of the established Credit Suisse Salons, which the bank has
been hosting since 2008. This exclusive networking platform offers select clients, opinion leaders and influential
individuals across geographies the opportunity to discuss important social, economic and political themes with
international opinion leaders and the senior management of Credit Suisse. The personal nature of these events allow the
participants to obtain exceptional first-hand insights into the topics, as well as gain new inspiration.
Credit Suisse hosts inaugural Private Innovation Circle
October 27, 2014