After two successful decades, Mike Baur finally called his banking career quits. Mr. Baur bid the Swiss banking industry goodbye and ventured onwards to become an influential serial tech investor. At 39, Mike had worked with the who’s who of the Swiss banking community. Mike is an excellent business leader and proven financial strategist. Some of the established financial institutions he’s associated with are:-
- Swiss Startup Invest
- Swiss Startup Association
- Innovation Lab Fribourg (ILF)
- Clariden Leu
- Think Reloaded AG
It didn’t take long before the philanthropic Swiss investor’s name reappeared on the mainstream media headlines. Mike and two-like minded visionaries came together to create the privately held, Swiss-Up Factory AG. Primarily, the tech start-up serves as a bridge linking aspiring tech investors with their dreams and aspirations.
Why Swiss Startups Fails?
It’s no secret that over 80% of start-ups in Switzerland and elsewhere, tend to collapse in their early stages. Companies struggle to raise the necessary capital to keep them afloat before they clock their breakeven points. Other entities run into all sorts of confrontations with the law. The professionals working at the Swiss Startup Factory guide you to avoiding such challenges. Mike’s company funds these small companies. It also mentors the youth on all the core aspects required to run a successful start-up.
Apply for the 90-Day Accelerator Program
Swiss Start-Up Factory has a trademark three-month crash course for the entrepreneurs. Mike Baur personally designed the 90-day accelerator program suitable for both early and late state companies. The Swiss Start-Up Factory runs an impressive hub at the heart of Geneva. These premises are an ideal ground for you as an aspiring tech developer to network with those who have already made it in the same industry.
About Mike Baur
Mike Baur, the co-founder of the Swiss Startup, attended the University of Applied Sciences in Bern, Switzerland from 1997 to 2000. In 2007, Mr. Baur enrolled for an MBA Course at the University of Rochester. By the end of 2008, he received his Executive MBA degree from the Universitat Bern.
Mike is a huge sports fan. He is a staunch supporter of his local hockey team in his hometown, Fribourg. Additionally, the seasoned investor likes watching the ATP Tennis series. In 2014, Mr. Baur founded Swiss Startup Factory which is a disruptive innovation incubator for young Swiss ICT entrepreneurs looking to make a break for the big league.
Marc Sparks is the poster boy for entrepreneurship. He is from Dallas, Texas and jumped into the world of business from the entrepreneurial diving board. With practically no formal training to speak off, the 1975 high school graduate has been involved with many start-ups, some that are successful beyond anyone’s wildest dreams and some considerably less than successful. One of his more successful ventures was to create and sell several hundreds of millions of dollars worth of self made products, along with the creation of some very successful businesses. Learn more: http://thebrotalk.com/bro-recommendations/dallas-entrepreneur-marc-sparks-spills-must-visit-list-wineries-dfw/
He credits his success to being passionate about what he does, his tenacious spirit, his never let a failure create a speed bump, but a stepping stone and his monetization skills. He is not afraid of losing it all. He loves to win, but Sparks knows he cannot win it all. That kind of reality is part of what keeps him on an even keel. He revels in building a successful business, putting together a team that supports that success and having happy customers. That, along with enjoying good health with family and great friends is a great day for Sparks. Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/marc.sparks1
In addition to being an entrepreneur, Sparks is also a businessman and philanthropist. Sparks along with his wife created Spark Tank. It is Spark’s way to help non-profit entrepreneurs contribute to society with ideas and solutions to social situations.
Entrepreneurs apply for the cash grants and if they pass the rigorous inspection by the Spark Tank panel, they win funds for their venture. It is important for Sparks to have the ability to recognize the great work non-profits do and it is vitally important for them to help others.Learn more: http://sparktankdfw.com/
Sparks and his wife have helped other entities, as well. They took over a small homeless shelter and turned it into a multi-million dollar operation that feeds and houses more than 200 people every day. Samaritan Inn has a program where participants can find help with job training and placement, healthcare and family services. Graduates of the program have all the tools necessary to go onto live productive lives. He gets a great deal of satisfaction from hearing from former members of the Inn who return and tell of their success thanks to the help they received while at the Inn.
Mark Sparks has also added author to his list of credits. His book “They Can’t Eat You” describes his entrepreneurial adventures. He writes about all aspects of his career – the good, the bad and the ugly. His book shows others that it is possible to be successful despite encountering failures from time to time, and it is essential to never give up. Sometimes, failure teaches a better lesson than success. Sparks hopes his story will inspires others to never give up.
Bruce Levenson is probably most known for being a former owner of the Atlanta Hawks basketball team and the founder of UCG. Something people may not know about Levenson is that he attended Washington University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, and American University, where he earned his J.D. Levenson is also the president of the “I Have a Dream Foundation.” http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/undergrads-and-graduate-students-mastering-philanthropy-300038081.html
Forbes billionaire Bruce Levenson, one of the other former owners of Atlanta Hawks Basketball and Entertainment LLC, has been making headlines. On September 13, 2014, a lawsuit was filed against New Hampshire Insurance Company, also described as AIG. The lawsuit does not involve the current Hawks owners.
According to the former owners, also described as AHBE, AIG has breached their contract and is acting in insurance bad faith. Prior to the lawsuit, AHBE had reached an agreement with the insurance company’s former general manager, Danny Ferry. Still, the insurance company has yet to pay out.
AHBE has provided documents proving that their policy covered them for certain losses related to employment practices. The certain acts listed in the policy included acts of “wrongful termination” and workplace torts.” On April 2, 2015, AHBE even provided the documents proving Ferry’s previous agreement with them.
Even with all the evidence stacked against them, AIG continued to refuse pay on any claim. AIG is maintaining that no policy was triggered and any settled agreed upon with Ferry is not valid. Not only is AIG refusing to acknowledge the claim, they’re also refusing to participate in the defense or accept coverage.
Due to all obvious acts of bad faith, the lawsuit is seeking an additional 50 percent penalty. AIG’s behavior in the matter is irreprehensible. Although AHBE is will to tell their side, AIG has yet to offer any explanation for their behavior.