The Businessman and Entrepreneur Mike Baur

Mike Baur is the co-founder and manager of Swiss Startup Factory. He has worked in the banking industry and had experience of more than 20 years. UBS and Clariden Leu are some of the companies that received his services. After some time he decided to get out of his banking career as an employee. He co-founded the Swiss Startup Factory in the year 2014. His colleagues are Max Meister and Oliver Walzer.

 

Mike Baur has an MBA from University of Rochester New York and an Executive MBA that he was given from the University of Berne.

 

He was a jury at a contest held at the University of St Gallen, a start-up pitching competition. When Swiss Startup Factory partnered with CTI, Baur was named the deputy managing director of the CTI Invest company. With this merger, he led the Swiss Startup Factory over its accelerator program doing it with Golback Group. That was in early 2016 and in February he partnered with Fintech Fusion. Right now, the Swiss Startup Factory is the leading independent and private finance ICT Startup Accelerator in the Switzerland.

 

He likes mentoring the young Swiss youth who are business enthusiasts. Baur gives them advice and supports them financially so that they settle down early and focus on the key goals and strategies of their growing businesses.

 

His company has various services that offer their esteemed customers. Baur together with his mates guides business starters through the required administrative procedures for them to get a Swiss work permit. He mentors companies for them to come up with clear strategies and vision that will meet the market wants. They then find a clear way and operating plan that will strive towards achieving it. He expands the network of the startup business so that they can connect easily with the desired market. Mike Baur and partners fund investments for the smooth running of business.

 

While doing business, one needs to get clients who can be depended on and Mike’s company can effectively cooperate, so that they find national and international customers who will fully support them in making deals. Startup companies are incubated by Swiss Startup Factory to be independent and able to make right decisions for their investments. Regular incubating companies will do a 3-month course, but Swiss Startup Factory under Mike Baur will make a 12-month course that will sharpen the owners and employees of the new firm. Baur has continued to be helpful in the Swiss business industry and guided people on the way forward during business startups.

 

 

Julia Jackson; Wine Artist

Julia Jackson received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Scripps College in Studio Art in 2010 and also received a summer certificate at Stanford Business School in General Management, but her real education came from learning the importance of hard work in the wine making business. Her father would have her and her siblings picking and sorting grapes, teaching them lessons about success that have stayed with Julia. She spent time after school and summers in the winery and made a friend of one of the winemaker’s daughters, who was French. Because of this friendship, she developed a passion for French and learned about the vineyards and style of winemaking in France.

Julia currently is busy with Jackson Family Wines and as a proprietor at Cambria Estate Vineyard & Winery. She has her own vineyard which was planted in 1991, and the Benchbreak Pinot Noir is all produced from that very vineyard. Cenyth Wine is an artistic collaboration of second generation wine families, Julia Jackson and Helene Seillan. Helene creates the beauty inside of the bottle of Cenyth, while her friend of 20 years, Julia created the beautiful artwork on the label.

Julia believes in Sonoma wine, and believes that it is the best place for Cabernet. The Sonoma’s Verite, which has three annual releases; La Joie (dominant Bordeaux blend), La Muse (Merlot dominant), and Le Desir (Cabernet Franc dominant) received the highest scores, according to Julia, and has gained a perfect 100 by wine critic Robert Parker, nine times.

Learn more about Julia at Crunchbase.

Julia is part of the Seeds of Empowerment Program, through Cambria Wines, a charity dedicated to empowering strong women. Seeds of Empowerment were started in 2014, and are a $100,000 grant creating program for women globally, to achieve their goals. There are Seeds of Empowerment wines available for purchase, label artwork created by Julia Jackson, which can help with donating to this program.

DAMAC Group Founder Hussain Sajwani

DAMAC Properties is a global property development company that focuses on commercial, residential and leisure properties in Dubai and the Middle East. The company also deals in real estate projects. It is based in Dubai and was founded in 2002 by Husain Ali Habib Sajwani. Husain Sajwani currently acts as the chairman and chief executive officer of the company. Sajwani started the business when the Dubai government allowed foreigners to own property in the emirate. He discovered that most buyers would be foreigners, so he acquired land in an underdeveloped part of town. In less than six months, he had sold units in his 38storey building even before construction began.

Pioneers like DAMAC owner Sajwani have helped paint Dubai as one of the dream destinations of the world. He attended Washington University. After graduation, Sajwani worked as a contracts manager for GASCO, a sister of company of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company. He worked for a short period then moved on to start his own business in the catering sector in 1982. It was while in the catering business that he worked with clients such as the U.S military and construction company Bechtel. He later invested in property markets by establishing Damac properties.

Just like many other successful entrepreneurs, Sajwani has connections with top entrepreneurs in the world. He collaborated with Donald Trump in 2013 to develop two Trump-branded golf courses. International Golf Course Dubai was opened in February 2017 in DAMAC’s Akoya residential development, and the Trump World Golf Course is expected to open at a different DAMAC property in 2018.

As Trump celebrated his victory on New Year’s Eve at Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, he praised his business partners in Dubai. The Sajwani family had attended the event, and Trump gave them a mention, saying that they are wonderful people. DAMAC Properties employs around 2000 employees and has shares on the Dubai Financial Market. The company is one of the leading in luxury property development having completed more than 16,800 homes. DAMAC supports many charitable activities. In 2013, Husain Sajwani handed over a cheque of AED two million to a campaign aimed at clothing poverty-stricken children around the world.

Read more: http://www.forbes.com/profile/hussain-sajwani