Mike Baur is from Switzerland, a very well-known businessman and entrepreneur. He is both the co-founder as well as the managing partner of Swiss Startup Factory. He began his career in banking where he was employed for more than twenty years. Among the banks he worked for included both Clariden Leu and UBS. After his banking career, he began to invest in startup companies, after which his next move was to co-found Swiss Startup Factory. He co-founded it with Oliver Walzer and Max Webster in 2014.
Baur was on the jury at the START Summiteer, which was a contest of the University of St Gallen. He was named the deputy managing director in 2016 of CTI Invest. It was at this time that Swiss Startup Factory and CTI became partners. Mike Baur directed the Swiss Startup Factory as it progressed with the Goldback Group through the accelerator program in early 2016. He continued working with them during their partnership in February 2016 with Fintech Fusion. Baur’s career from Swiss banking to startup investments was profiled in the Wall Street Journal in 2016.
The Swiss Startup Factory had a history of two successful years during which time it positioned itself as a privately financed and independent Startup Accelerator in the country of Switzerland. In 2016 the company received over 1500 applications for start-ups. During this same time SSUF successfully completed two Accelerator batches which were outstanding. To accomplish this they utilized the expertise of over 50 mentors. The Swiss Startup Factory has strategically positioned itself to continue to the next phase of development. This has been accomplished through the co-founding of ten startup Swiss companies as well as its strategic partnerships with corporations such as Goldbach Group, Helvetia, Red Bull Media House, and AMAG.
The Accelerator is supported in strategic topics by the Advisory Board of the Swiss Startup Factory. This is invaluable to major stakeholders. The Advisory Board is expected to become a stronger entity from the addition of new members throughout the year.
Mike Baur, the executive chairman and co-founder of the Swiss Startup Factory is quite pleased with the well-known personalities who now work with the company. He believes that the impressive work of Swiss Startup Factory is the reason they were attracted to the company. His belief is that Swiss Startup Factory will be a key startup player in the international arena in the near future.