When Mike Baur stepped into his role as the Co-Founder and Managing Director of the Swiss Startup Factory, he most likely didn’t realize how important his role would be. His experience in the private banking industry led him to be the “go to guy” to aid in the fundraising for the SSUF and the programs that it would offer. Immediately, Baur knew where to go, reaching out to the Goldback Group in 2016 to be a potential backer. Although the company was initially founded in 2014, the company continued to grow into a more refined and well organized program for young entrepreneurs. The focus was to create ambitious programs to encourage those who wished to participate to get excited about their business, maintain that excitement and get them to execute on their ideals, goals, and plans.
Baur wanted so much more than a business; Baur was looking for a way to encourage growth and the best companies on a global level to shake up their industries by doing things differently. The three month program which is the core business, gives entrepreneurs their hand up on financing and other services that they would potentially need in order to start and run their business. The program is also designed to give them the mentoring they need along with office space and a line into investors that they can easily call upon when needed.
The first program, the Pre-Accelerator is the first course that participants get into. This is vital for those who are just getting started with training on how to pitch their ideas as well as coaching and market research. They will also learn more about IT and accounting help to keep their business running like a well-oiled machine. Additionally, product development is also a vital part of the Pre-Accelerator program. Those who wish to do so are able to get access to the top international startup ecosystems as an added bonus.
Baur and his partners at the SSUF are hoping that the talent in Switzerland will come forward so that these programs can help young startups get known and grow businesses that will also further the economy in Switzerland.
Sweetgreen has become a fast growing sensation in the fast food world. As a high-end salad chain, it revolutionizes the process of eating healthy on a budget. Nathaniel Ru, one of the CEO’ s, said, “We’re creating a brand that stands for something.” Since 2007 when they first opened, Ru and the other CEO’s have managed to build a chain of 40 locations beginning in their college town of Georgetown. They said their reason for opening the original was a lack of healthy options in Georgetown.All three CEO’s attended the University and met while taking an entrepreneurship class. In an interview with Fortune Magazine in 2014, they said they knew they would survive as a business when they managed to make it through the winter break when all the students had gone home for break. Despite their success, the three have opted to forgo the corporate style of other chains and keep themselves close to their stores and customers. They even go as far as to almost completely shut down the corporate office 5 times a year so they can go and be present in stores to interact with customers. In addition to their quality food, they have striven to build a business that sees customers as individuals and provide them with a great experience through well-designed locations and handy tools like their app and website ordering, which account for 30% of their transactions. It’s clear that Sweetgreen really aims to excel in all areas of business. Learn more: http://www.forbes.com/pictures/ekeg45fe/nicolas-jammet-nathaniel-ru-jonathan-neman-co-founders-sweetgreen-262627/
One of the forces behind Sweetgreen has been co-CEO Nathaniel Ru. Born and raised in Pasadena, California, Ru is the son of a first generation immigrant who started his own import/export business. Ru attributes part of his success to his father, saying that watching him work gave him the inspiration for one of Sweetgreen’s core values. Starting the company began with the why, the reason to build this business, once they had that established then they would start worrying about the product. This ethos has helped Ru and the other CEOs build Sweetgreen into an incredible business. Back when Sweetgreen first opened its doors, Ru had just graduated with a bachelor’s degree in finance. Today he helps lead one of the fastest growing food chains in the business. He has been personally named to several prestigious lists including the Forbes 30 under 30 and Food and Wine 40 Big Food Thinkers 40 and under. It is clear that Sweetgreen is going to continue to grow and thrive and do great things, in no small part due to great leadership from people like Nathaniel Ru. Learn more: http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/sweetgreens-nathaniel-ru-everything-last-longer/
Mr. Sheldon Lavin is the current Chairman and CEO of the OSI Group, which is a meat processing and food service industry. The company’s headquarter is located in Illinois, and it presently has more than 20000 employees across the world. As the CEO, Sheldon Lavin is proud of the corporate culture that he has instilled in the company. The culture at OSI Group is unique and family oriented. According to Sheldon, the most important part of the business is the people who are involved in it.
The life of Mr. Sheldon Lavin in the meat industry started in 1970 when he was involved with the Otto & Sons Company. Mr. Lavin was offering consultation services to Otto & Sons on how to secure funds for the opportunity of supplying hamburgers to the McDonald’s Corporation. However, the bank persuaded him to take over the Otto & Sons Company, which he initially declined because it was not part of his consultation practices.
In 1975, Mr. Sheldon Lavin became substantially involved with the Otto & Sons business when they started to look for overseas investors. He became a business partner with the two sons after their father decided to retire. Eventually, Mr. Lavin was able to evolve the Otto & Sons Company into the OSI Group.
With his leadership qualities, Mr. Sheldon Lavin was able to convert OSI Group from a domestic food processing firm to an internationally recognized company.
As an entrepreneur, Mr. Sheldon Lavin comprehends of what is mean by being a servant and leader. He
managed to propel OSI Group into the global scene, and a lot of job opportunities have been created across the world. These efforts made him win the 2016 Global Visionary Award.
In 2015, Mr. Sheldon Lavin was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award, which was as a result of his service commitment to the business community of Chicago.
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