About the Private Innovation Circle (PIC)
Credit Suisse launched the PIC in 2014 as an initiative to connect successful entrepreneurs with private investors looking for interesting opportunities. Since then, we have matched 67 cutting-edge innovators with some 1,200 of our potential investors; within the past seven years, half of those introductions led to strategic partnerships.
The sectors showcased at this annual event reflect how sustainability is increasingly front and center in the minds not only of entrepreneurs but also of investors. They have included foodtech, logistics, artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality, the shared economy, fintech, healthtech and the Internet of Things.
Our senior Credit Suisse experts, with skills in investment banking advisory, private asset and capital markets, and asset management, make up the PIC committee. Every year, they pick 8–10 of the most exciting ventures from more than 500 applicants.
Company evaluation criteria
- Game-changing, pioneering and unique
- Strong management track record
- Proof of concept
- Potential for revenue generation
This rigorous screening process ensures that the companies invited to join the PIC are defined as much by their vision as their commercial viability.
What also sets the PIC apart is its distinguished global network of investors, leaders and like-minded peers. As an invitation-only platform, the PIC creates exclusive opportunities for entrepreneurs and investors not only to raise capital and pursue strategic partnerships, but also to make vital, enduring connections.