For quite some time now, Mike Baur has dominated the headlines, especially when it comes to startup matters in Switzerland. He is a co-founder and chief executive officer of the renowned Swiss Startup Factory, a leading autonomous and privately funded ICT Startup accelerator based in Switzerland. Before joining the startup industry, Baur had spent about two decades of his career in the private banking industry. His journey in the industry saw him transcend from a commercial apprentice at UBS to a primary board member of one of the largest Swiss private banks.
In 2014, Mike Baur embarked on his entrepreneurial journey together with his current partners and friends including Oliver Walzer and Max Meister. The three individuals came up with the idea to create Swiss Startup Factory. Since its establishment, the Swiss Startup Factory has been sourcing for promising digital entrepreneurs and providing them with the necessary support.
The Swiss Startup Factory assists startups from their early stage ideas to market entry. In this case, the company offers numerous exciting opportunities through its three-month startup accelerator program. The accelerator program provides an excellent platform for coaching, services, office space, entrepreneurial network and mentoring
Partnership with Fintech Fusion
Mike has largely been involved in the company’s leadership since its inception including leading the company’s financing and fundraising rounds. In fact, he led Swiss Startup Factory into a partnership with Fintech Fusion, a Geneva-based startup accelerator. The partnership marked an important cooperation that bridges the gap between the French and Swiss German sections of Switzerland. By joining forces, both accelerators aimed to collaborate on the mentor network exchange, startup pre-selection process, cooperation with universities among other matters.
Partnership with CTI Invest
Late 2015, Mike Baur led Swiss Startup Factory into a partnership with the top financing platform for innovative startups in Switzerland, CTI Invest. The partnership was meant to boost the Swiss Startup Ecosystem further. During the announcement of the collaboration between the two entities, Mike Baur was named as the deputy managing director of CTI Invest. On the other hand, Jean-Pierre Vuilleumier, the managing director of CTI Invest, was also appointed the managing partner of the Swiss Startup Factory.
Other Role of Mike Baur
Apart from devoting a considerable part of his time to SSUF, Mike invests a portion of his spare time to support the Swiss youth entrepreneurship. He also helps Swiss-based startups in terms of mentorship and financially. He is also the director and co-founder of the Swiss Startup Association.