The Swiss Startup Factory is a startup accelerator with a focus on entrepreneurs thriving in digital and technology-based ventures. It is based in Zurich, and the current Executive Chairman is Mike Baur. He co-founded the firm in 2014 to create incredible opportunities for entrepreneurs through their local and global networks. The company is motivated by the need to come up with brands and products that are disruptive of the established norms and business models.
Mike Baur is a Swiss national with extensive experience in business development, asset management, and investment banking. He holds Bachelor’s degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Applied Sciences in Bern. Mike Baur has also studied at the University of Rochester and University of Bern, from where he attained an MBA and EMBA respectively.
He kicked-off his career at UBS, a private Swiss investment bank, as a commercial apprentice, and through hard work and dedication, was bumped up to the executive management. Mike Baur has also held top positions at Swiss Startup Invest, Innovation Lab Fribourg, and financial services provider, Clariden Leu.
Together with Oliver Walzer and Max Meister, Mike Baur established the Swiss Startup Factory in 2014. As the firm’s Executive Chairman, Mike Baur is in-charge of the financing rounds and capital fundraising for the startups under their wing. His primary objective is to equip startups with the ability to thrive and expand in this digital age. These companies will have innovative business models that will ensure operational efficiency, optimum performance, and long-term growth. Through the SSUF, Mike Baur aims to give young companies the opportunity to access his vast investment network and banking sector connections.
In collaboration with partners such as CTI Invest, the Goldbank Group, and Fintech Fusion, the SSUF has launched several startup accelerator programs that expose entrepreneurs to opportunities such as mentorship, financing, coaching, and even the provision of office space in Zurich. The programs also grant individuals access to vast network linkages.
Personal Background and Achievements
Mike Baur has received high industrial recognition for his activities in startup and venture incubation. He gives back the knowledge he has gathered by speaking at universities, startup events, and business corporations. In 2017, he was selected as a member of the panel of the University of St. Gallen’s START Summiteer. He is also actively participating on the digital boards of various Swiss startups.
He is an avid tennis fan, and follows the ATP Tour, tracking the progress of Swiss tennis players. Mike Baur also supports his hometown’s hockey team known as Fribourg Gotteron.