After a brilliant career in the Swiss banking industry, Mike Baur decided to co-found the Swiss Startup Factory at age 39 with Max Meister and Oliver Walzer. Armed with an MBA from University of Rochester in New York and an Executive MBA from University of Berne, Baur started his career as an apprentice at UBS and ended up as a wealth manager Clariden Leu. Baur’s banking experience makes him the ideal person to be responsible for financing rounds at the Swiss Startup Factory.
Since 2014, the privately funded Swiss Start-Up Factory, with Baur as a managing partner, has provided opportunities for digital entrepreneurs in Switzerland. By running a three month-long program where startups work in the Swiss Start-Up Factory’s Zurich offices, the new companies can bring their ideas to market quickly.
A new partnership between the Swiss Startup Factory and the Geneva-based fintech accelerator Fusion will give entrepreneurs access to a wider range of mentors and services. According to Baur, “This is just the beginning of strengthening the Swiss Startup ecosystem by fostering collaboration between regional players.”
Baur works closely with the startups at the Swiss Start-Up Factory, mentoring new entrepreneurs on the business aspects of running a company. Startups have access to a wide range of services in addition to mentoring and coaching, including legal, marketing and accounting services.
Recently, the Swiss Startup Factory decided to sponsor the Swiss Edition of the StartupBus Europe. Budding tech entrepreneurs hop on the bus, which is traveling from Zürich to Cologne, Germany, and develop and launch a startup business in only 72 hours. Baur said “The synergies between the Startup Bus project and the values of Startup Factory are very strong and when Swiss Startup Factory saw the chance of pushing forward another young initiative for entrepreneurs in Switzerland, we immediately jumped on board.”
As a co-founder and director of the Swiss Startup Association, Baur works to enhance Switzerland’s startup ecosystem by seeking a friendlier tax environment and providing a voice for startups and their founders. The Swiss Startup Association’s deputy director is Max Meister, who co-founded the Swiss Startup Factory with Baur.
Eric Lefkosky is a Michigan native with strong roots in the community. His father is a structural engineer and mother a teacher, so he knows about working hard. His brother is an attorney and his sister is also a teacher. He attended the University of Michigan and earned his law degree from the University of Michigan. He then began his career as an entrepreneur.
His business career has helped him find great success. Eric Lefkofsky, an American entrepreneur, has founded multiple ventures. He is a prominent and successful businessman with several start ups. He has founded, InnerWorkings, a print procurement services company, Echo Global Logistics, a freight logistics company, and MediaBank, a media buying tech company. He is best known for Groupon, which has been wildly successful. Google has even wanted to purchase it, but the deal never went through. There were legal concerns that prevented a deal of that magnitude to finish. In 2016, he co-founded Tempus, which delivers personalized cancer care to patients through biological data and technological. Now he has left his role at Groupon as CEO to start a company that takes a more personalized approach to cancer treatment. The company has begun seeking funding and the company currently has 29 employees. Since it is in the early stages, there is little information. The company has a web site, which has a promotional video on it “It can be done.” The video promotes how the company is pushing for breakthroughs in cancer care.
He is infusing his technological skills and his knowledge of the medical field to help health professionals and doctors make real time decisions based on data from their patients. The data is in context of the patient’s genetic code and their response to treatment. Currently, the company works with patients that have breast, lung, and pancreatic cancer. They expect to add more cancers over time. The treatments offer a more focused approach to treatment that will hopefully increase the effectiveness of the patient care.
Eric Lefkofsky and his family donate and give time to many cancer causes through the Lefkofsky Family Foundation. He has donated to Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, to Stanford University to support gastric cancer research, and University of Michigan for cancer research. They continue to donate and support cancer research. Tempus is Lefkosky’s start up venture to help foster breakthroughs in cancer care and research.
Governance is a diverse field that entails the application of distinct laws that describe processes and the actions of different bodies. The development of these laws and integration into a constitution is a process that takes time and resources to execute. While many experts argue that it only takes research to understand the needs of the people, comparing the laws used in one country with the ones available in another could make the constitutional development process easier.
Professionals who specialize in comparative law will agree that getting things done in the right manner takes collecting information from other regions so while developing new laws there can be inclusion of new ideas that can offer better solutions. Comparative law is a field of law that has been around for more than two centuries (comparative law began in the 18th century and was initiated by European scholars, who sought alternative ways of developing laws by incorporating new ideas from laws applied in other regions).
Every government agency that takes into account the fact that the world has become a small village would also consider getting laws that are designed to offer quick solutions to international problems. One of the countries that have taken comparative law seriously is China, which has been working with law experts to ensure all the laws that are developed match with the needs of the partner countries they trade with or engage in social projects.
Through this effort, China has been able to rank among the best countries to trade with and their partnerships have been growing each day. China studies the laws used in other nations to analyze the effect such laws could have to governance and economic advancement. Comparative law is a field the country invests in to allow professionals to understand how China can adjust its laws to offer a better ground for partnerships.
About Sujit Choudhry
Sujit Choudhry is a Canadian professor and a renowned comparative law expert who works with Berkeley University of Law in California. He is a distinguished author and researcher who has committed his career to constitutional design and development. Sujit Choudhry works with experts from different parts of the world to help in the development of useful laws that are aimed at enhancing governance and access to human rights.
In the pursuit of his career, he has worked with different organizations among them the World Bank and the UN in missions to help countries to come up with new laws. His support has also been directed towards healing and peace building in countries that suffered violent conflict.