From the time he was young, Mike Baur has always fancied finance and banking. This led him to be a co-founder of the Swiss start-up factory at age 39. The entrepreneurial venture has marked the start of his journey as an entrepreneur. The Swiss startup company is today an independent and privately funded ICT firm in Switzerland.
In an interview, Mike Baur describes how it all begun. The Swiss Startup factory started in 2014, as a platform that offers entrepreneurial support to digital startup business people. The Zurich based company runs a startup accelerator program that goes for three months. The program itself acts as a place where young minds can access startup services. Young startups get access to mentoring, coaching, an office space and entrepreneurial networks that should ease their path to success.
The accelerator program is the most unique aspect of the Swiss Startup Factory. The company works very closely with startups and contacts them on a daily basis. The interaction with experts provides startups a boost with their program. Experts are the second critical factor with the program. The accelerator program comes with several sessions where startups can tackle their challenges with other experts in the field.
Since the start of the program, Mike has always maintained a constant level of passion that motivates him to work with startups. He has frequently stated that the willingness of startups to make their products key in the market even in the face of barriers highly motivates his work. The energy with startups is always stronger when working with them in an in-house meeting.
About Mike Baur
Mike Baur stays in Fribourg Switzerland where he is deeply connected as a teenager. At a tender age as a teenager, he was always fascinated with marketing and banking. The Swiss Startup factory came to him with great passion and provided untold satisfaction. Mike spent most of his years in the Swiss Private Banking. He worked his way from a simple commercial apprentice at UBS to an executive board member.
At a tender age of 39, in 2014, Mike embarked on his entrepreneurial journey. Together with a partner they were able to start the Swiss Startup Factory. The company has since grown to become a leading privately financed and independent Startup Accelerator in the whole of Switzerland. Mike loves working with the young and spends most of his time with youth entrepreneurship support programs.
Dick DeVos and wife Betsy are well known philanthropist, dedicated to helping improve the quality of life for all, especially children. Betsy is a reformer who has lead several campaigns and political parties and organizations. She spent six years as the chairman of the Michigan Republican Party and currently serves as chairman of the Windquest Group, a clean energy company founded by the couple in 1989. She is involved in a variety of non-profit organizations and is also the chairman and co-founder of the Dick and Betsy Devos Family Foundation.
Philanthropy Roundtable had the pleasure of recently chatting with Betsy about her contribution to the reform of education. DeVos states that she feels that the movement has made great progress and the number of students enrolled in educational choice programs saw a significant increase. The compassionate duo began their journey roughly 30 years ago when their children were of school age. They frequented Potters House Christian School and met parents and families from several different backgrounds. all with one common goal. They noticed how passionate these parents were about placing their child in the safest and student focused learning centers, and for some, the financial sacrifice was unbearable.
Betsy and Dick decided to reach out and help these families by assisting with the cost of tuition. Initially, they helped small families privately, but quickly began to make contributions to a significant amount of the student body. The couple has since been committed to helping parents and low income families get the education they deserve, regardless of their ability to pay.
Dick DeVos is a successful businessman and dedicated philanthropist. He is the president of the Dick and Betsy DeVos foundation, an organization that financially supports religious, educational and other similar organizations. In 2008, the Dick and Betsy DeVos Scholarship was established to support students at Thunderbird School of Global Management in earning their MA, MS, or MBA. Dick DeVos has spent millions of dollars toward the betterment of the community on the form of healthcare, art and education; He was presented with the Spectrum Health Foundation for his commitment to philanthropy and his selfless contributions not only to his community, but for his contributions worldwide.