Mike Baur, a Swiss based entrepreneur and businessman, is one of the co-founders, as well as managing partner of the Swiss Startup Factory. The company, based in Zurich, Switzerland is a start-up accelerator with a focus on thriving digital engineers. Swiss Startup provides a three month accelerator start-up program for entrepreneurs and provide several services including office space, mentoring, coaching, as well as a unique platform of supporting services.
Mr. Baur’s educational background includes earning a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Rochester, New York and an Executive Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Berne.
Mr. Baur brings more than 20 years of banking experience to the Swiss Startup Factory and one of his responsibilities for the company is fundraising, as well as establishing financing rounds. Before starting the Swiss Startup Factory and after leaving the banking industry, Mr. Baur began investing in start-up companies. He decided he could provide a better platform of services to entrepreneurs just starting out. That led to the co-founding of the Swiss Startup with Oliver Walzer and Max Meister.
Mr. Baur began pitching the Swiss Startup Factory at the START Summiteer and in early 2016, Baur was appointed as the Managing Deputy Director of CTI Invest when Swiss Startup and CTI formed a partnership. Mr. Baur also led the Factory through a business accelerating program with the Goldback Group in 2016. The Swiss Startup also partnered with Fintech Fusion in February 2016.
Mike Baur’s passion for entrepreneurship runs deep. He spends a great deal of time with young entrepreneurs and supports several Swiss based start-ups as a mentor, as well as financially. His interest is to see entrepreneurs succeed and create businesses that contribute to the needs, wants and desires of society as well as the economy. Most economies are driven mainly by the small to medium size businesses and Mr. Baur is very interested in seeing new companies make that contribution, as well.
The Swiss Startup Factory, under the guidance and leadership of Mike Baur provides talented entrepreneurs in Switzerland an executive platform that guides them through a business driven program that encourages ambitious milestones and an aggressive, but respectful manner of business. Entrepreneurs learn how to execute every aspect of operating a business including financing, seeking investors, in addition to developing their product. After the entrepreneurs complete the three month accelerator program, they are confident in the skills they have acquired and fine tunes and are ready to step forward and take on the business world.