Who is Mike Baur?
Mike Baur is the Swiss entrepreneur that co-founded Swiss Startup Factory.
Baur left the banking industry in order to start investing in startup companies. In 2014, he co-founded Swiss Startup Factory with Oliver Walzer and Max Meister.
Following the co-founding of Swiss Startup Factory, Baur was one of the jury member at START Summiteer. START is a contest for starup pitches and is held at the University of St. Gallen.
In January 2016, Baur was honored with being named as the Deputy Managing Director of CTI Invest. This was the same time that Swiss Startup Factory partnered with CTI.
Baur then led Swiss Startup Factory through is own accelerator program in early 2016 with the Goldback Group. In addition, its partnership in February of 2016 with Fintech Fusion.
The Wall Street Journal later profiled Mike Baur in December 2016, detailing his career from early on in Swiss banking, to startup investments and entrepreneurship.
What is Swiss Startup Factory?
Swiss Startup Factory aims to take startups and transform them into companies that reach worldwide. Their mission statement uses phrases like, “…that disrupt the prevailing norms, products, and business models.”
The vision of Swiss Startup Factory comes in two parts. The first being the initiative to run the startup through an accelerator program. This program is said to be the “global gold standard” in comparison to any other accelerator programs. The second part of their vision is to give startups any and every service they may need. They define this as a 360 degree startup service.
Startup accelerator is 3 month program. Startups are provided with services, mentoring, financing, office space, coaching, and access to a large network made up of investors and other entrepreneurs.
The spaces where startups work around their co-workers is a positive atmosphere with individuals of similar minds. Here, they can share and/or create new connections.
Co-Working spaces feature a welcome area, conference room, in-house film studio, lunch room, fitness room, Nespresso bar, storage spce, free wifi, and more.
More about Mike Baur
Baur hails from the Fribourg Region in Switzerland. He holds true to his connections in Fribourg to this day.
Baur had been interested in financing and banking since he was a teenager. It would only be a few years later that he would begin work in his passion.
Baur invests much of his time in the young, Swiss entrepreneurs and enjoys supporting a plethora of Swiss startups both as a coach, and financially.