Mike Baur has made a name for himself not only in Switzerland but also globally for his involvement and contribution to the Swiss startup ecosystem. This reputation mainly stems from his role as the executive chairperson and co-founder of the Swiss Startup Factory. Additionally, Mike is a well-educated individual with a bachelor of applied science in banking and finance from the University of Bern. Furthermore, he has an Executive MBA and MBA from the University of Berne and the University of Rochester New York respectively.
For more than two decades, Mike Baur worked in the Swiss private banking sector. At first, he worked at UBS as a commercial apprentice before making his way up to the executive board of one of the leading Swiss private banks, Clariden Leu. He quit his banking career in an effort to invest in startup companies. Later in 2014, he joined forces with Oliver Walzer and Max Meister to establish the Swiss Startup Factory.
The Swiss Startup Factory has garnered popularity in Switzerland as the leading autonomous and privately funded early stage ICT startup accelerator. Since the founding of the SSUF, Mike Baur has been at the forefront of its operations. In fact, he is in charge of the funding rounds and fundraising at the Swiss Startup Factory.
In February 2016, Mike Baur led a partnership between Swiss Startup Factory and Fintech Fusion. The two-startup accelerators complement each other in their set up and goal orientation. By joining forces, the two entities aimed at collaborating on various matters such as mentor network exchange, startup selection process, cooperation with universities, joint events, startup acceleration and shared office space.
Mike Baur is also acknowledged for leading the partnership between CTI Invest and Swiss Startup Factory. The two entities joined forces in an effort to bolster the Swiss Startup ecosystem. Both entities came together to co-organize events such as the Swiss Startup Day, launching a website with videos and podcasts of Swiss startups and providing training for startups.
Swiss Startup Factory in Brief
Swiss Startup Factory is a Zurich-based startup accelerator that molds blooming entrepreneurs in a bid to establish successful businesses. As such, the company takes them through a three-month startup accelerator program aimed at availing the necessary information, skills and opportunities. The program offers a unique platform of mentoring, office space, coaching, services and entrepreneurial network to assist the thriving digital entrepreneurs to achieve their goals.