Mike Baur is a co-founder and managing partner of the Swiss Startup Factory(SSUF). The company was launched in 2014. It is a Zurich accelerator company, that provides tools and support for startup ventures. They offer a range of financing options, trainers and coaches to help entrepreneurs get their ideas into production and get them to market. The program consists of prototyping and working sessions, milestone meetings, input sessions with industry specialists. It includes mentoring sessions, sales training and team building sessions.
Mike worked in the banking industry in Switzerland for over 20 years. He was with UBS and Clariden Leu. He left the banking industry to start Swiss Startup Factory with Max Meister and Oliver Walzer. He was a member of the jury for START Summiteer, a start-up contest at the University of St. Gallen. In 2016, he became deputy managing director of CTI Invest. SSUF had become one of their partners. He led the company’s collaboration with CTI Invest, the financial platform for startups. Mike led SSUF through their accelerator program in 2016. He also led them through their partnership with Fintech Fusion in 2016.
SSUF and Fintech Fusion are both independent accelerators. Baur led the partnership between them to build a bridge between the French speaking parts of Geneva and German speaking parts of Zurich. Together they will join forces and collaborate on the startup process, joint events and other programs to benefit startup entrepreneurs.
Mike Baur is committed to helping improve Swiss digital startups. Mike handles financing rounds and fundraising ventures at Swiss Startup Factory. He invests in startups himself, both financially and through mentoring. He is passionate about helping the youth in Switzerland with entrepreneurship. He has an MBA from University of Rochester in New York, as well as an executive MBA from the University of Bern.
Baur has dedicated himself to providing a platform for young innovative entrepreneurs in Switzerland to become successful and play it forward as their ideas become real products. The accelerator program currently runs for three months and offers everything a young entrepreneur needs to get their ideas into the marketplace. Mike lives in Fribourg in Switzerland, where he focuses a lot of his mentoring efforts.