Mike Baur and the Rise of the European Marketplace

Mike Baur had been highly involved in the Swiss banking industry for the past 20 years. Many of these years have been spent with UBS and Clariden Leu. He was good at this career and enjoyed it, but it was during these years he developed a conviction that most start-ups in Europe needed to be nurtured and helped if the Swiss marketplace was to flourish. This was during a time when the European business world as a whole had taken a downturn. To that end he quit the banking game to dedicate himself to this fulltime.

 

In 2014 he joined with Max Meister and Oliver Walzer to become founding partners of the Swiss Start-up Factory AG, a Zurich-based accelerator that focuses on helping digital start-ups. It helps that SSUF has an incredibly strong network both in the city and throughout the entire world. SSUF has done very well for itself, become completely independent and privately financed shortly after it commenced business. In 2016 alone it had more than 1,500 start-up applications, 50 mentors, and helped establish ten new successful Swiss companies.

 

He currently serves as the executive chairman of SSUF, and because of his vast experience and knowledge of the Swiss banking industry, he is also in charge of fundraising and everything that has to do with finances at Swiss Start-up Factory. In January of 2016, after SSUF partnered with CTI Invest, he was appointed the deputy managing director of CTI. In December that year his career was so widely admired that his career biography was profiled in the Wall Street Journal. They host a three month program in which they coach, mentor, provide networking helps, and even provide an office space for their fledgling clients.

 

Today the Swiss Startup Factory is the largest and most reputable startup company in Switzerland. SSUF has one of the most high-profile Advisory Board’s in Europe, perhaps even the world. All involved in SSUF or who know very much about its workings, are confident that it will continue its rise in the start-up training industry. All three of its founders also remain involved in the workings of the company, Mike Bauer the most so. He oversees most of those partnership transactions and the entire Accelerator Program.

 

The Difference The OSI Group Has Made In The Food Industry Worldwide

Running a business in the food industry has numerous considerations. As the president of the OSI Group, David McDonald feels the company is so well placed globally they can handle the challenges involved. The OSI Group is one of the world’s leaders in supplying products like beef patties, sausage links, sandwiches and pizza. The company has over fifty facilities in seventeen countries and is currently expanding in China.

OSI has been in China for twenty years and has grown with the country. They currently have eight factories and are on their way to being the biggest producer of poultry. The company’s operations in China serve clients like Subway, Burger King, Papa John’s, Saizeriya, Starbucks, Yum and McDonald’s. OSI is focusing on China since they are currently the fastest growing consumer market worldwide.

In the past year OSI has announced, expanded or launched plans for seven new production and processing facilities all over the world. This includes a facility for beef processing in Poland, a feed mill located in the Shandong Province in China and a plant for processing frozen foods in Madanapalle, India. The plant OSI opened in Geneva and produces private label and branded frozen entrees. Their operations in Hungary added a new area for large cold storage and a higher capacity production line. The cost of $25 million tripled the capacity of their production of processed chicken.

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David McDonald of OSI says they want their company to grow and gain in significance to their customers. He explained they offer so much more than production capacity. OSI also handles product development as. McDonald realizes consumers are becoming more sophisticated and demanding in the foods they choose and understands giving consumer what they want is critical.

The OSI Group works with the manufacturers of equipment to develop the processes necessary to make certain food is of a high quality and safe. They monitor the way their food is grown. They use their technical resources and employees to understand how to take a concept and turn it into a product. The company is continuing their steady growth.

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