Mike Baur is an accomplished entrepreneur and businessman. In 2014, Mr. Baur, together with Max Meister and Oliver Walzer, established the Zurich-based startup accelerator firm known as Swiss Start Up Factory. Today, apart from serving as the Co-Founder & Managing Partner at Swiss Startup Factory, Baur is a speaker on the Investor Panel at the WORLDWEBFORUM.
Swiss Startup Factory is one of the leading privately funded digital accelerator startup companies in Switzerland. This ICT accelerator firm is focused on providing the much needed support to early-stage digital entrepreneurs through a 3-month well-structured accelerator program. In this program, prosperous ICT entrepreneurs have access to a wide network of entrepreneurs (both from Switzerland and across the globe), coaching, mentorship, and office space, which enables them to start and run successful businesses. In addition, the company provides young entrepreneurs with capital to help them commercialize their ideas and grow their own ventures in the ICT space.
Mike Baur was born in Fribourg, and he was passionate about working in the Banking & Finance industry during his early age. He holds a degree in applied science, Masters in Business Administration from University of Rochester New York and an Executive MBA from Bern University. Baur’s passion in the financial sector has seen him spend over 20 years working in the Swiss private banking sector.
Mike Baur started his career in banking at Sallfort Bank; he later shifted to UBS wealth management group. He climbed the corporate ladder to become an executive board member of a large Swiss Private Bank. Seeing the growing need for providing mentorship and financial support to emerging digital entrepreneurs, Baur quit his job to team up with other partners to form Swiss Start Up Factory. The primary objective of forming this factory was to help young entrepreneurs with the prerequisite capabilities to start and grow their own businesses.
Since its inception, Swiss Start up Factory has witnessed unprecedented growth, which has seen it partner with other team players including Fintech Accelerator Fusion (a venture capital firm based in Geneva) and Helvetia insurance. This partnership was geared towards deepening SSUF’s roots as the leader among private accelerator firms. In 2016, SSUF joined forces with CTI Invest, a leading venture capital firm that is based in Switzerland.
Mike Baur also doubles up as a Co-Founder and Director of Swiss Startup Association. He continues to develop and nurture new business financially and through mentorship, which has had a positive impact on the economy of Switzerland.