|By PR Newswire||
|November 6, 2006 01:15 PM EST||
LONDON and NEW YORK, Nov. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Bridgehead Group (http://www.bhgltd.com/), the international business strategy, venture capital and investment banking organization based in New York City, has recently acquired a major stake in NIL Technology ApS, a Danish Nanotechnology company which pioneered Electron-lithography techniques for reliably creating nanostructures & imprint services -- much needed to develop the next generation of ultra energy-efficient refrigeration and computing technologies. The move follows Bridgehead's financing in February 2006 of AirNacon Ltd., which will also become a subsidiary of AirNatech Holdings Ltd. With the assistance of UK Trade & Investment's (UKTI) Global Entrepreneurs Programme (GEP), Bridgehead Group now has organized its operations including AirNacon Ltd. and NIL Technologies within a single UK-based holding company called AirNatech Holdings Ltd.
London based AirNatech will finance, structure, control and grow its global operations in the air conditioning, refrigeration, and related nano-technology industries. AirNatech and its partners provide companies and technologies with excellent growth potential and a holistic support system that enables synergy between the companies, traction with strategic partners, employee participation, exit strategies, and access to innovation coupled with protection of intellectual property at early stages. The principal objective of the group is to facilitate but professionally manage billion-dollar industry super-growth, by deploying experienced management together with extraordinary industry innovation.
The UKTI GEP helped Bridgehead Group in many aspects of planning, structuring and financing for AirNatech to become a British headquartered company. GEP Dealmaker Eric Van der Kleij aided Bridgehead by providing key information about the benefits of a UK holding structure. Bridgehead's relationship with Mr. Van der Kleij began around three years ago when he helped Bridgehead's CEO Jeppe Hansen acquire a stake in iCurie, now Celsia Inc. The GEP will continue to assist the AirNatech team as it executes the next phases of its $250M financing and commercial growth plans.
UKTI created the GEP to attract talent, finance, and take advantage of the unique strategic benefits of the UK as a global headquarters for major new businesses. The GEP utilizes a network of proven successful entrepreneurs or "Dealmakers," such as Eric Van der Kleij, who provide information and guidance on every aspect of setting up a new venture in the UK. "We are very pleased to have helped Bridgehead form a cohesive and pioneering global technology group that that will create substantial value for all the components by capitalizing on the synergies between them," said Derek Goodwin, Head of Global Entrepreneurs Programme. "We believe that emerging technologies, especially those that are working towards advanced ways to conserve energy, should be supported by governments. They are a crucial part of the future that we are pleased to be supporting."
Mr. van der Kleij commented, "I have enjoyed working with Bridgehead at every stage of the process. They are an exciting organisation, always at the forefront of technological and commercial innovation. The recent creation of AirNatech proves once again that their sophisticated and effective mentorship of global entrepreneurial innovation is instrumental in helping a start-up company to become a global success in its field."
Mr. Jeppe Hansen, Chairman of AirNatech and Chief Executive Officer of Bridgehead remarked, "Bridgehead is extremely grateful for the support of UKTI. They have consistently provided us with exemplary assistance and guidance, and their support and experience enables us to gain far more commercial and investment traction than a purely private company. Basing this global group in London will provide numerous advantages that other countries cannot offer, such as a superior strategic global reach and more favorable protection of the group's intellectual property."
About The Global Entrepreneurs Programme
UK Trade & Investment launched the Global Entrepreneurs Programme (GEP) in 2003 as a new approach to economic development. The GEP champions new business ideas by bringing together entrepreneurs and those who can best guide them towards success in the UK. Experienced Dealmakers act as a liaison between the government and entrepreneurs. For more information visit the GEP website at http://www.entrepreneurs.gov.uk/.
UK Trade & Investment is the government organization that provides integrated support services for UK companies engaged in overseas trade, and foreign businesses focused on the UK as an inward investment location. For more information visit the web site at http://www.uktradeinvest.gov.uk/.
About NIL Technologies
NIL Technology ApS is a nanotechnology company pioneering electron lithography to deliver consistent quality nano-imprint services and stamps required to unlock the next generation of refrigeration, fuel cell, microprocessor, and optical equipment. http://www.nilt.com/
About Bridgehead Group
Integrating the key components of capital creation and business management into a seamless system is the cutting edge concept of Bridgehead Group. The Bridgehead Group Business System combines industry leading strategic partners, investment funds and business management into a powerful new strategy that minimizes risk, increases speed to market and maximizes return for breakthrough ventures across the globe. http://www.bhgltd.com/UK Trade & Investment
CONTACT: Charles Seely, UK Trade & Investment,
[email protected], +1-212-419-9359, Cell: +1-917-379-1445