Swiss Start Up Factory is a leading accelerator headquartered in Zurich that identifies ambitious entrepreneurs and helps them to launch a prosperous business empire. The company opened its door in 2014. The firm runs a Startup Accelerator Program for three months and offers an exceptional platform of financing, mentoring, training, office space centrally located in Zurich, and a broad entrepreneurial network. The main aim of the Zurich-based firm is to assist startups to put their ideas into action within a span of three months.
Why the accelerator program is exceptional
Swiss Start up Factory (SSUF) works in close collaboration with its startups. The startups are offered an opportunity to interact with SSUF’s founders. That way, young entrepreneurs can access professional guidance from veteran investors. SSUF avails all the necessary tools startups will require to develop and grow. These include a broad array of financing options, experienced trainers/mentors, and a strong global network.
Swiss Start Up has agreed to team up with Fintech Accelerator Fusion that is based in Geneva. The two accelerators will partner on the pre-selection procedure of startup, close cooperation with colleges and universities, joint event, mentor network exchange, and provision of shared office space to new startups. The partnership will mainly focus on Fintech as well as other ICT topics.
Mike Baur is a smart Swiss entrepreneur and a leading investor. He developed interests in the discipline of Finance and Banking during his teenage life. Baur was able to make a professional career out of his early passion. He spent more than 20 years as an employee in the Swiss Private Banking and ascended to an executive board member at the acclaimed Swiss Private Bank. In 2014, the young Baur quit his job and began his entrepreneurial journey. Along his two partners, Baur established Swiss Startup Factor, a privately financed and a leading ICT Startup Accelerator headquartered in Switzerland.
Baur makes an impact in the entrepreneurial world through supporting several Swiss Startups both as a role model and financially. He is an active member of Swiss Youth Entrepreneurship. His primary goal is to help young entrepreneurs to start not only their businesses but also expand them. Baur is academically well endowed; he is a holder of an MBA from the esteemed University of Rochester New York. Additionally, he is an alumnus of the University of Bern holding an Executive MBA. Baur enjoys working with entrepreneurial startups. Finding lasting solutions to challenges that face startups is his main agenda.
The Keith and Keely Mann Scholarship for professional achievement has just been established. Keith Mann who is the Chief Executive Officer at Dynamics Search Partners made the announcement through Business Wire. The scholarship was set up to identify and award the future innovative business leaders. Keith and Keely partnered with Uncommon Schools, a group of schools that provides scholarships to needy students and operates from New York City, to design and implement the scholarship. The Keith and Keely Mann scholarship will be offering a full scholarship to one graduating senior each year. These seniors will be selected from one of the Uncommon School’s Brooklyn-based high schools.
Joe Frick, a college counselor at Uncommon Charter High School, said that they appreciated the efforts made by the duo in implementing this profound scholarship program at their institution. He also added that the scholarship would help ensure that one of their students has the means to attend and complete college. Students applying for this scholarship will be asked to write a 1000-word essay detailing how the scholarship would help them achieve their professional goals. During the launch of the program, Keith Mann said they are excited to be part and parcel of the Uncommon School’s mission of preparing needy students to attend and graduate from college and make their dreams a reality. He also said that he is certain that this new scholarship will go a long way in ensuring that this dreams are realized by many students in the years to come.
For those who don’t know who Keith Mann is, he is proficient in issues regarding hedge fund compensation and staffing on top of being an expert in coming up with good hiring strategies. He, however, has been working in the executive search industry for more than a decade. In 2002, after realizing that the hedge fund industry was a rapidly growing market that was being underserved by the search community, Keith launched the Alternative Investment Practice. By 2006, the practice had expanded into the private equity industry. Keith founded Dynamic Search Partners (DSP) in 2009 as a leading executive search firm dedicated solely to alternative investment firms. Today, he runs the day to day management of DSP as its CEO. The company is in business with various companies across the alternative investment industry not only in the United States but also in Europe and Asia. DSP fills over 200 client mandates each year.
There is big news in international finance with Argentina returning to international bond markets. They were previously shut out of global markets because of a $95 billion dollar default in 2001. Argentina was unable to pay the holders of the restructured foreign-law bonds, even going so far as to defy U.S. court orders to settle in July 2014. Argentina has a new president who is committed to regaining market access and reverse the policies of his predecessor. This has lead to Argentina issuing $11.68 billion dollars in bonds to yield 7.5-8% in mid-April. There will be three bonds with maturities of 5, 10, and 30 years. U.S. Judge Thomas Griesa will lift the ban that’s prevented the country from paying its restructured debt. This reversal of fortunes was seen by one man, Highland Capital president, Jim Dondero.
Highland has $4 billion dollars of Argentinian notes that are due in 2033. They are also planning on not only holding on to what they have but to invest in more of the bonds that will be offered. Jim explained, “We’re optimistic on where Argentina is likely to price the debt and where it’s likely to trade, especially relative to other Latin American sovereigns. Highland has earned annualized returns on Argentina bonds of close to 20 percent since June 2014.” Jim also stated, “Our view, which I think was a good interpretation and ended up being correct, was that there was an intermediate-term inevitability to settle with holdouts that would have the bonds trade higher.” Once they are paid, James Dondero said that he would be open to starting an Argentian fund.
Jim Dondero’s board of director’s positions are numerous. He is a board member of MGM studios and American Banknote. He is chairman of NexBank, Cornerstone Healthcare, and CCS Medical Corporation. His education backs up his 30 years of experience with certifications of Management Accountant and a Chartered Financial Analyst, and a BS from the University of Virginia.
In addition to being a financial wizard, Jim Dondero also has a heart working with several charities like George W. Bush Presidential Library and Institute, Perot Museum of Natural Science, Education is Freedom, Snowball Express, Uplift Education and SMU’s Tower Scholars Program.
With Jim Dondero’s foresight at the helm, especially where the global marketplace is concerned Highland Capital Management will continue to be a leader in the industry.
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