Mike Baur cofounded and manages the Swiss Start Up Factory with his partners. An entrepreneur and Swiss businessman, Mike was a banker for over two decades, associating with the Clariden and UBS banks. He left banking and began to invest in startup companies in 2014, after which he co-founded Swiss Start Up Factory with his partners, Oliver Walze and Max Meister. Bauer was profiled by the Wall Street Journal in December 2016, recounting his rise from a successful Swiss banker up to his successful entrepreneurial career in startup investments.
Their program serves as an incubator for Swiss entrepreneurs by providing training and mentor services for them. These young companies benefit from access to rent-free offices in Switzerland’s largest city, with three months’ worth of assistance.
It is at Swiss Start Up Factory that startup owners learn to market both their products and services globally, and to refine and implement pioneering technology ideas. They have the opportunity to network with fellow tech entrepreneurs about how to obtain funding from investors. Swiss Start Up Factory helps to expedite their startup process in order to increase the likelihood of inventions entering the market at opportune times.Swiss Startup Factory is the top independent early stage accelerator for startups in Switzerland.
Swiss Start Up Factory encourages its young entrepreneur clients to enter pitching contests. Baur participated on the jury at the University of St. Gallen at their START Summiteer. This event gives the founders of thirty new enterprises the opportunity to speak to the public about their products, plans, and business models. Only firms with less than $1 million in funding are allowed to participate.
The most outstanding companies generally attract substantial investments. Mike Baur’s participation in the event helped to promote Swiss Start Up Factory as a respected and famous business incubator.
One of the most distinguishing factors of Swiss Start Up Factory from most incubators is its independence from any other political organizations or business, enabling it to act without the risk of facing conflicts of interest or independence. The significant investment of its co-founders in the business incubator and its enterprises also provides a major incentive for the organization to succeed.
. Mike Bauer is primarily responsible for the financing and fund raising at Swiss Start UP Factory. He initially built a base of loyal customers for the oompany, client entrepreneurs who became successful in their own business and made profitable investments. A top priority of the company is to fulfill the needs of its clients is to provide personalized attention to their needs.
Gregory James Aziz is a businessman of many hats. He is the Chairman, CEO, and President of National Steel Car. The company is one of the top railroad freight car engineering and manufacturing companies in the world. Though he began in the food wholesale industry, Gregory J Aziz is responsible for growing National Steel Car into the engineering giant it is today.
Gregory James Aziz
Born a resident of Ontario, Greg Aziz attended Ridley college before continuing his academic career at the University of Western Ontario with a degree in economics. His family had a wholesale food industry, and he joined them in 1971. He helped to grow this company tremendously into an international company before moving on to investment banking in New York. In 1994, Gregory James Aziz organized the buyout of National Steel Car. When purchasing this company, he had the sole goal to grow it and make it the foremost sought after company for freight engineering and manufacturing. At the time Greg Aziz bought the company, they were manufacturing approximately 3,500 freight cars a year. Due to extreme personal and financial investment, however, the company grew tremendously and in just five short years began manufacturing 12,000 freight cars a year. This also led to an enormous increase in employment, from 600-3,000 employees in the same span of time.
Under Gregory James Aziz, National Steel Car has not only been focused on growth, but they have been focused on quality. For the past decade they have been honored with the highest quality award from the TTX SECO. For almost two decades they have been the only freight car manufacturing company to be consistently re-certified ISO 9001:2008.
Despite these achievements, however, Greg Aziz is still looking forward. He claims that the company will not rely on past achievements, and it is his aim to continue pushing and growing the company farther. In addition to this, Gregory James Aziz is an active philanthropist. The company supports numerous local charities and employees participate in a local food drive every year during the holidays to benefit local food pantries. Greg Aziz and his wife are also active supporters of Canada’s agriculture fair, the Royal Agriculture Winter Fair.
The unprecedented growth National Steel Car has seen since Greg Aziz took over operations over two decades ago speaks to his expertise and leadership abilities. He is certainly growing a titan company and now slowing down now.
Relationships are not always simple. Meeting the right person can be challenging. Dating apps have made this process a little easier for many people. While apps like Tinder and Match.com thrive, a new app, Bumble is making a name for itself. Founded by Whitney Wolfe, Bumble is making a name for itself as one of the best dating apps in the world. The app takes a unique approach to helping pair people with their perfect match.
Bumble takes a unique approach compared to other dating apps. This app permits only woman to initiate conversations in the attempt to meet a partner. After 24 hours if there is no response, the conversation is deleted and the female must seek another partner. The app provides a number of other interesting features including the ability to sort and favorite conversations and send photo messages. The app even includes a Bumble BFF mode where users can find platonic friends. Bumble has received praise from most users.
Whitney Wolfe’s creation is used mostly by women. More than have of Bumble’s users are women age 18-25. Bumble has experience great success including more than seven million users as of 2016. On average users use the app for more than an hour each day. As of 2016 the app has had more than 15 million different conversations and more than 80 million matches. It currently is ranked as one of the top Lifestyle apps on the Itunes Store.
Only in her twenties, Whitney Wolfe has built quite a resume as a young entrepreneur. She is responsible for founding the first and fourth most successful dating apps of all time, Tinder and Bumble respectively. Her company Bumble is now worth more than half a billion dollars according to TIME. Wolfe’s accomplishments earned her a spot on Business Insider’s 30 Most Important Women Under 30 In Tech list. With so much already accomplished, Whitney Wolfe is clearly a voice that will be heard for many more years to come.
James Dondero is one of Texas’ premiere investment experts. He is the co-founder and president of Highland Capital Management in Dallas, Texas. Dondero has more than 30 years of experience in the financial world including credit and equity markets. Dondero launched Highland Capital in 1993 and has continued to see his company grow. Highland Capital specialized within the Collateralized Loan Obligation market. Dondero has also begun developing credit solutions for investors globally.
James Dondero also serves as chairman of Cornerstone Healthcare, CCS Medical and Nexbank. Dondero has become very philanthropic and has supported education, veteran’s affairs and public policy initiatives. James Dondero graduated from the University of Virginia and the McIntire School of Commerce, receiving dual majors in accounting and finance. James Dondero is a Certified Management Accountant in Dallas, Texas.
James Dondero and Highland Capital Management donated $2 million to Southern Methodist University, which provides study-abroad opportunities and exposure to public policy making. Dondero and HCM have also given funding to Capital for Kids, which is a program that is made up of investment management leaders who assist children in need and provides education programs for low income families.
Dondero and HCM helped bring back hippos to the Dallas Zoo with their $1 million donation. Their funds provided for a 5,000-square-foot center that is used for private functions. James Dondero and Highland Capital Management hopes to continue to help those in need who call Texas home. Dondero has gained strong praise for local leaders across the state and in Dallas.
Scott Rocklage is one of the most prominent figures in the healthcare and life sciences sector. He currently serves as the managing partner at 5AM Ventures and is based in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. 5AM Ventures helps the new life sciences research and developing companies in the healthcare sector to get the investment they need to pursue their projects and investigations and attain mainstream importance. Scott Rocklage did his graduation receiving Bachelor in Science in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. He did his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the world-renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While at MIT, Scott Rocklage pursued his research in the laboratory of Nobel Prize Winner, Richard R. Schrock.
He has invented as well as co-invented many valuable items in the medical science and has over 30 patents in his name. The Food and Drug Administration of the United States has approved several medicines researched and developed by Dr. Scott Rocklage. Over the years, he has been highly active in the medical and healthcare research field and has served various important positions in different companies. Since 2004, Scott joined 5AM Venture Management LLC, where he started as a venture partner but went on to become the managing partner.
His experience of over three decades in the healthcare management led him to finally get the FDA approval of several drugs, namely Omniscan, Cubicin, and Teslascan. He has been associated with Salutar and Catalytica as a researcher and has served as the CEO of Cubist Pharmaceuticals. At Nycomed Salutar, he served as the President and CEO for many years. He was previously the chairman of the board at Novira and Relypsa. Other companies he serves as the board president includes Kinestral, Cidara, and Rennovia. At Epirus and Pulmatrix, he is one of the directors on the board.
The primary aim of Scott Rocklage today is to help the new and developing companies in the field of medical research and biotechnology to continue their growth and success. He, through his association with 5AM Ventures, identifies prospective businesses in the area of life sciences and makes an investment that does not only help the new companies but the healthcare service sector as well.