Mike Baur, the man who bets on early stage start-ups in Switzerland

Today, start-up owners in Switzerland will tell you that it’s hard to convince investors to bet on them and fund them. For this reason, even the most promising start-ups are crushing and are hitting rock bottoms. It’s true that early stage start-ups are hard to wager on, mostly because they are tenuous and have an uncertain future. Most investors prefer putting their money on investments that have been tested and have cast-iron certainty. For a long time, Swiss start-ups owners have been watching powerlessly as their businesses crumble for lack of mentorship, seed capital and someone to guide them. However, that changed when Mike Baur started the Swiss start-up factory.

For three years, Swiss start-up factory has been supportive of ICT-based start-ups in Switzerland. The ICT accelerator has been providing financial and mentorship help to Swiss start-ups. What’s the drive behind Swiss start-up factory? The team that started it had a dream and ambition to propel start-ups that were distinctive and had the capability of changing the world. Mike wanted to support start-ups that promised to shake conventional norms, products, and business models to become global companies. Undeniably, Mike understood the challenges that most start-up owners face when coming up with what he has now become a haven for Swiss start-ups.

Swiss start-up factory is a one of a kind accelerator; the team behind it has rich resumes and vast knowledge and experience that come in handy during mentorship programs. What’s more, the team is brilliant and has unique capabilities of pinpointing exceptional start-ups even in their idea stage. Once a start-up qualifies to join Swiss start-ups factory, they are taken through a three months program. Throughout the three months, the start-ups are provided with seed capital, office space, coaching and also enormous entrepreneurial and investors network.

We all know how banks tend to stiffen their lending policies when it comes to start-ups, right? Well, Mike was once a banker and even those policies didn’t change his willpower and ambition to support upcoming start-ups. Mike has worked for almost 20 years in Swiss private banking and propelled to be an executive board member in one of the Swiss private banks. He is known for his fortitude and unwavering will to change the world. Mike believes that the youths have the power to modify the world. For this reason, he has invested a lot of time and money in youth mentorship and entrepreneurship. Without question, with people like Mike Baur, the future of Swiss start-ups is now brighter than ever.

 

 

Troy McQuagge Is The Winner At The 2016 One Planet Business And Professional Excellence Awards

USHEALTH Group, Inc. CEO is Troy McQuagge. Everyone in the company is delighted about the fact that he has been named as the Gold Winner. This means that he is CEO of the Year and has been nominated for the prestigious One Planet℠ Awards. These are global premier awards program that honors professional excellence in general. This is not limited to any industry as such. In fact, anybody from any industry can be nominated and win this award. In the same way, it is not limited to any country or any area specifically. Anybody belonging to any place around the world can apply for these awards. Any kind of organizations from anywhere in the world is eligible to submit their nominations. Hence they can be public or private, or even for-profit or non-profit firm. It can be a large company or a small one or just a start-up.

Troy McQuagge has been with USHEALTH since 2010. He started his work here by re-building its distribution agency, USHEALTH Advisors. He was able to achieve a lot of success here as he could re-tool the Advisors. This led to the election of Troy McQuagge as the President and CEO of USHEALTH Group, Inc. This happened in 2014. It was during his tenure that USHEALTH Group, Inc. managed to register exceptional growth and success.This is why this award cannot belong to Troy McQuagge alone. It has to belong to everyone in the company. After all, the growth and profitability that has been achieved in the highly competitive individual health insurance market cannot be contributed to one person alone. Each person in the company is responsible for this unique achievement.

Troy McQuagge stated that this award would motivate them to work harder and strive to provide better services to their esteemed clients. Presently the One Planet Awards are recognizing companies for their excellence in business and professional achievements. The categories include sections for executives, teams, as well as new products besides services. Next are categories that include PR, Marketing, along with Corporate Communications. Hence these are highly coveted awards for anybody, anywhere in any industry.

The Good Side of the Devos Family

According to a report released recently, Dick and Betsy DeVos have become acquainted with criticism and attention especially for the large political donations they make to the Republican Party. Over their entire life, the Devos family has given over $139 million to charitable causes. This makes their political contributions pocket change. According to a report by the federal government, Betsy and Dick DeVos made a donation of $5.3 million in the form of campaign donations in the year 2015. On the other hand, the family made a donation of $11.5 million to charity organizations in the year 2015.

 

The Family has been involved in the Republican Party politics for a while. In the year 2015, the larger Devos family made a contribution of $104 million to charity donations. This meant that the family became the 24th most generous family by the Forbes Magazine. This also meant that the family had spent a quarter of their wealth on donation. The family has an estimated wealth of $5.2 billion, and it is estimated that they have donated more than $1.33 billion. Betsy DeVos has a Dutch descent as his father was Edgar Prince who was also a notable philanthropist.

 

A recent report showed that the family allocated over $3 billion to educational causes in the year 2015. This meant that the family used 26 percent of their donations to education. At the same time, 3 percent of their donations was driven towards education reforms. The family said that they made this donation as they felt that the current system was underachieving in the fulfillment of the American Dream. The family feels that despite some teachers and administrators dedicating their life to children’s education, there is still room for improvement.

 

Some of the beneficiaries of this fund include the Compass College of Cinematic Arts in Grand Rapids that received 50 grand, the Detroit Charter School Company New Urban Learning that received 25 grand, the Ferris State University Big Rapids that received 100 grand as well as West Michigan Aviation College that received 315 grand and Northwood University Midland that benefited with 200 grand. Other than education, the couple also supports art and culture. In the year 2015, they spent over $2. 4 million on the agenda. This makes it 21 percent of their donations. The good thing about their donations is that there are no strings attached. There is no specification on how their money should be spent.

 

Dick DeVos was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan 67 years ago. He holds a degree from Northwood University where he majored in business administration. He also holds honorary doctorates from several institutions such as Central Michigan University, Grove City College, and Northwood University.

 

He has been involved with Amway Corporation since the year 1974. During this period, he has held several positions such as president, chief executive officer, and senior vice president. He has also worked with the Orlando Magic.

How Alexandre Gama Built Up Neogama Into A Top Ad Agency

Alexandre Gama is a Brazilian publicist and entrepreneur who founded the marketing agency called Neogama. This firm was created by Mr. Gama in 1999 and is now considered one of the top 20 most influential and powerful advertising firms in all of Brazil. Alexandre led Neogama to a Cannes Festival Lion award for marketing in the first year of Neogama’s existence. This is a record that remains to this day in the world of Brazilian advertising. Neogama was also the fastest growing ad agency for its first three years in Brazil.

In 2002 Alexandre Gama agreed to merge his startup agency with more established global marketing firm based in the UK called BBH. The resulting merging company was called Neogama/BBH and Alexandre became a majority share holder in the new company. After the merger with BBH, Mr. Gama continued to guide the ad agency to bigger heights. The firm he operated, won 2 golden Cannes Festival lion awards in one year, setting another Brazilian record. Neogama/BBH also won an agency of the year award from a highly acclaimed Brazilian newspaper. Recently, Alexandre Gama has gotten back the rights to Neogama and has focused on developing the firm in the Brazilian market instead of a more global approach as before.

Click here view Alexandre Gama’s Wikipedia page.

 

 

 

The Launching of a New and Powerful Application

Davos Real Estate Group, the leading provider of financial advice to the Latino community,m has recently stated that they will launch a new application known as the Davos CAP Calculator for clients to download and use on their Android and Apple devices. This interesting and useful application can be used to estimate the return on real estate investments, furthering the companies ability to offer their services of advice without actually having to directly communicate with their clientele. This application will not only make services easier for their customers to understand and handle, but it also means that the founder of the company, David Osio, will be able to rest easier at night knowing that he has once again proven himself as a fighter for the people and their rights in the United States and beyond.

 

David Osio is a dedicated and humanitarian minded man who calls the South American country of Venezuela his home. Born and raised in Venezuela, Osio began his professional career as a lawyer publicly defending the rights of clients who may not have been able to defend themselves. His life had been based on the concept of assisting others and offering advice for the decisions they should make, an idea that led Osio to the United States and to the birth of his conglomerate corporation, Davos Financial Group.

 

Osio created Davos Financial Group as a way to provide high levels of quality financial advice to the Latin American community. Many individuals with Latin American backgrounds in the United States do not speak English or know how the market works correctly, meaning that Davos Financial can step in and provide the level of support that they need. Osio and his company offer advice such as whether or not a client should invest in starting their own business, what housing prices are fair when it comes to family planning, and what sort of investment opportunities their clients should take advantage of and way. This not only builds trust in Davos Financial, but also allows customers to feel like they have more decision making abilities and control of their financial lives.

 

Davis Osio, through his actions and the forming of his company, seek to become the main support structure for their Latino American customers. By providing high levels of trustworthy and reliable service to their clients they form a more cohesive society where everyone involved can smile and flourish.

Learn more: https://www.xing.com/profile/David_Osio

Swiss Startup Factory by Mike Baur Gets new investor

Mike Baur is an entrepreneur who focuses on the role that IT can play in the improvement of the Swiss banking sector. When he started his company, The Swiss Startup Factory, his main aim was to reach all the small businesses trying to make it in the world of banking but do not have the mentorship and finances needed to make it big in the industry. He has been getting the funding needed to help these startups by getting other business leaders to invest in his programs.

One of the newest additions that he has made to his company is Michael Hartweg. Before Hartweg became part of Mike Baur’s program, he was working with Leonteq. He stopped working with them two years ago to concentrate on other initiatives. The role that he will be playing is that of investor and also mentor. This means that he will get to choose the programs that he will be funding, and then, he will mentor them through the growth process to a point where they understand the workings of the business community. He is one of the many investors that are helping Fintech businesses, all thanks to Mike Baur and his company.

The other program that is part of Baur’s initiative is the accelerator program. The program will also focus on Fintech companies. Through the program, startups that need a boost in getting their business going will get the finances and mentorship they need.

About Mike Baur

Mike founded the SSF and the accelerator program in 2014. The company, which is based in Zurich, has been helping people who have Fintech inventions make it to the business community. Being the owner and CEO, he takes time and finds the investors that will contribute positively to the startups and brings them on board.

It is also his responsibility to make sure that the companies have the funding they need for the accelerator program to remain operational. Mike has been working in the Swiss banking sector for close to two decades now. The experiences he has had during the period have helped him understand the business growth models that work and the ones that do not. As a result, he has fine-tuned everything in the programs he runs to suit the demands of the banking and IT industry. He states that even though there are many people working in the Swiss banking sector, not many of them have fully incorporated IT in their operations, a weakness that leaves them disadvantaged.

 

Marc Sparks Launches Spark Tank to Develop New Businesses

Marc Sparks is a serial entrepreneur. He starts businesses and soon hands over the reins to others to keep the new business going. He has been very successful at what he does and now wants to offer a platform for young entrepreneurs to receive funding from him for their business ideas.

This revolutionary and philanthropic endeavor by Marc Sparks is indicative of his philanthropic nature. Sparks deeply cares for the less fortunate and homeless and has charities in place to help those less fortunate.

What he is offering is similar to a project founded in Switzerland by a group of intrepid investors with financial experience who offer startup funding, counseling, office space, and networking for a ten percent share in the fledgling business.

Spark’s idea offers a prize for innovation and a possible future relationship with Sparks himself, a very competent businessman. Of special interest would be any entrepreneur in the central Texas area where a hands on arrangement with Sparks could be accomplished.

According to Crunchbase, Marc Sparks is offering much more that a $5000. award for a good idea; he is offering his interest in the development of the conceived project itself. Ideas are wonderful but to see them come to fruition is even better. Consider an architectural project aimed at Section 8 or low-income residents. Read more: Marc Sparks’s Books and Publications Spotlight

If a designer has a series of plans for stylish but simple, energy efficient housing with a small carbon footprint and fully furnished and decorated situated within a gated community with a soccer field and sports courts, who would not want to become a resident.

Whether in Switzerland or Texas business people reaching out to help those with new ideas can have a transformational impact on the society we live in. Marc Sparks is doing a great service to the state of Texas and to the larger world we all live in. His efforts are to be applauded by everyone.

Dalrada Financial Corporation with Brian Bonar

Brian Bonar, who is the current CEO and chairperson of Dalrada Financial Corporation, had the privilege of receiving the highest honor in the professional networking community as the Cambridge Who’s Who® Executive of the Year in Finance.

In the naming process in the registry of Who’s Who, the selection takes to males and two females per every discipline. Various factors such as achievements leadership abilities and qualifications among others are used as the basis for the selection.

To increase the efficiency of businesses worldwide, Dalrada Financial Corporation serves as a liaison to supply varied employees programs depending on the specific needs of its clients. Some of the programs that Dalrada offers include financial management, business management services, risk management insurance and promotional services among much more. Dalrada strives to ensure the efficiency of both the organizations and its employees. Hence, Dalrada Financial Corporation provides a broad range of services in all of its programs.

In the risk management insurance program, Dalrada caters not only for the needs of the business liability but also for the compensation of workers, thereby increasing efficiency and productivity. According to Whitepages, Mr. Brian Bonar has been privileged and honored to be of service to Dalrada Financial Corporation.

He has also been the CEO and chairperson of the Corporation for over ten years. With his responsible management and organizational skills, Mr. Bonar has increasingly gained a reputation for providing various customized selection of both employee and employer benefits and aftermarket products as well.

For many years, Dalrada Financial Corporation has been offering reputable services to PEO enterprises. The corporation led by its adept management, tailors services to enable the businesses to boost their performance. Dalrada Financial Corporation provides appropriate financial management services to businesses regardless of their nature. Learn more about Brian Bonar:  http://www.spokeo.com/Brian-Bonar

Companies also benefit from efficient fund management, which enables them to reach their organizational goals and objectives effectively. Dalrada’s firm management services comprise of several programs that help organizations pursue their daily operations. Services like local and state tax services, consultancy, and assistance in stock option, planning, and auditing services are available for businesses to utilize.

Mr. Brian Bonar, 68, serves various organizations as an executive board member. He has nearly 30 years of experience in professional management across eight different industries. Mr. Bonar has also been of service to Trucept Inc. (formerly Smart-Tek Solutions Inc.) as the CEO and chairperson since March 2010. He has also served in various posts in the company such as treasurer, secretary, Chief Financial Officer and President as well since September 2009.

Previously, Mr. Brian Bonar served in the Tradeshow Products Inc. as the President as from March 2008. He additionally serves as the secretary and chairperson of Warning Management Services Inc. He also acts as the Chief Financial Officer, Secretary, and CEO of Amanda Co. Mr. Bonar is a Ph.D. holder and is professionally affiliated with the American Financial Association.

How Does Kenneth Goodgame Benefit True Value As Their SVP CMO?

Kenneth Goodgame is the SVP CMO of True Value Hardware, and he has been tasked with the style of every True Value store. Every customer in America who passes through the doors of a True Value store has seen Kenneth’s handiwork, and his work has created a hometown feeling at True Value Hardware that larger chains do not possess. This article takes a look at what a successful SVP CMO looks like with Kenneth as the model.

#1: True Value Is An Old Chain, But Not The Largest

True Value is an old chain of hardware stores that has been a mainstay in Americana for quite some time. They are well known to all their oldest customers, and their oldest customers bring new customers to their doorstep. Kenneth prefers to keep the family bonds that make True Value popular, and he plays on the hometown feeling that has kept True Value Hardware relevant for decades.

2: How Does Kenneth Approach The Issue?

Kenneth approaches the matter of designing stores with great care. He does not simply release a singular design that all stores are forced to use. He asks his design team to create looks that help every community become invested in their True Value Hardware store. The unique style of every True Value Hardware helps keep loyal customers, and the stores are more conducive to thoughtful shopping.

#3: True Value And Kenneth Are A Perfect Match

Kenneth has an aesthetic that truly flourishes at True Value, and he has a management style that perfectly-matches the needs of True Value Hardware. Their customer base quite appreciates the manner in which Kenneth has arranged his stores, and he continues to accept customer input to create the perfect environment in every community.

Kenneth Goodgame is the model of an SVP CMO that other people must follow. Companies that desire to remain as relevant as True Value Hardware must ensure that they have taken careful looks at how Kenneth manages his stores, how True Value Hardware has remained authentic and how a hardware store may survive through the ups and downs of the economy.

Avi Weisfogel and His Special Welfares

Avi spends quite a good amount of his time seeking a solution with a cos relation to dentistry. When Avi Weisfogel is one of the individuals that do, enjoy hockey team especially the New York Rangers. This very year the New York team is set to enjoy hosting their fans as a youth hockey team.

Avi’s favorite hockey team, the New York Rangers Hockey team is one of the members of the Go Skate program of the Team. The team is seeking a long time goal to give back to the society in by educating children as well as inspiring their special interests in this particular sort. Over ten thousand kids in the region are reached by the combined effort of the team yearly.

This upcoming camp of the year 216 will see a vast training prospect for players of the hockey sport whose ages lie between seven and fifteen. The month of July and August will see the sessions occurring for the players and the intensive training in the camp. The sessions will also be running from 8:00 am in the morning till 5:00 pm in the evening every day of the two special training months. The camp this year has set its goal to engage the learners of the events in an appropriate training that is will see their age factored to a specialized training that will see them sub-grouped as in club Rangers alumni, local professionals in hockey as well as coaching staff. The students in every category will also get a privilege of meeting the Rangers’ professional players.

Weisfogel has been a dentist treating patients with a severe condition of lacking sleep as a result of dental conditions since the very first week he started his career in dentistry. He has also had a very intense interest in business and marketing for dentists and has made him in most of the marketing and business clubs for dentists. Avi has always suffered finding a strategy that benefits him in the marketing industry despite his success in full mouth rehabs and also marketing implants. However, his dream came true in 2010 when he dedicated his life entirely to sleep.