Mike Baur is a successful Swiss entrepreneur and businessman who hails from the Fribourg region. Mr. Baur is the Executive Chairman and Co-Founder at Swiss Startup Factory. He has over twenty years experience in the Swiss banking industry and has worked for major Swiss Private Banks such as Clariden Leu and UBS.
Mike Baur’s Career Background
As a teenager, Mike was always fascinated by Finance and Banking subjects. As a result, Mike Baur began his entrepreneurial journey in 2014 at the age of 39 years. Together with Oliver Walzer and Max Mister, his two partners, they founded the Swiss Startup Factory. The company is currently the leading privately financed and independent ICT Startup Accelerator in the country.
Mike Baur dedicates his time towards entrepreneurship programs among the youth, acts as a mentor, and offers financial support to various Startups in Switzerland. He also serves as the Director and Co-Founder of the Swiss Startup Association. Baur was a jury member participant at the START Summiteer, which is a pitching contest for start-ups held by the University of St Gallen. When Swiss Startup Factory entered into a partnership with CTI Invest in January 2016, Mike gained the Deputy Manager Director title.
Mike Baur is a graduate of the University of Rochester New York and the University of Berne with an MBA and Executive MBA respectively. The Wall Street Journal did a profile on Mike Baur’s career background on Swiss Banking, startup investments, and entrepreneurship journey in December 2016. Mike Baur is responsible for the financing and fundraising rounds at the Swiss Factory.
Swiss Startup Factory
Swiss Startup Factory commonly known as SSUF was founded in 2014 as an accelerator firm located in Zurich. The company aims at searching for digital entrepreneurs that are thriving in the business. These digital entrepreneurs are offered exciting opportunities through the company’s strong network ties in Switzerland and around the globe.
The company has ambitious goals to create firms on a global basis and disrupt business models and pro that are prevailing in the market today. SSUF runs a three-month accelerator program for start-ups that offers unique platforms for mentoring, coaching, financing, services, office space, and expansion of investor and entrepreneurial network.
The vision of the SSUF is to successfully run the accelerator program for startups and be the global gold standard for the rest of the upcoming accelerator programs. SSUF also aims at providing startups with the necessary services that they might require i.e., a 360° startup service.