Mike Baur is a Swiss entrepreneur and managing partner and co-founder of business incubator Swiss Startup Factory. He started the company with Oliver Walzer and Max Meister. The company which was founded in 2014 provides mentoring, financing, office space and a wide range of other services to early stage startups. Plus they provide them with access to a vast investor and entrepreneurial network which offers them the opportunity to grow their business. The basis of the Swiss Startup Factory is a three month program during which the startups are placed in a collaborative work environment and provided with expert input sessions, mentoring sessions and expert pitch training.
Two batches of the most talented startups are selected to participate in the business accelerators offered by the Swiss Startup Factory each year. One group is chosen in January and the other in September. The startups selected are given the support they need to learn the skills necessary to build their company and reach ambitious milestones set forth by SSUF team. The team helps the startup to become a legal entity and carve out a lucrative niche. Each startup that completes the program is provided with 5-months of post-accelerator support to help them improve their product and expand their network. Swiss Startup Factory is now Switzerland’s number one rated business incubator and accelerator.
A graduate of the University of Applied Science Bern, Universität Bern and the University of Rochester, Mike Baur has a Bachelor’s degree in Banking and Finance, an M.B.A. and an Executive Master of Business Administration. He also has more than 20 years experience working in banking. He’s worked with Clariden Leu, Sallfort Privatbank AG, UBS Fribourg, UBS Wealth Management and several other financial institutions. This left him highly skilled and very knowledgeable of private banking, asset management, portfolio management, wealth management, investment banking, investment strategy and equities.
Baur then left banking and became involved in helping fledgling companies find their way. Since then he co-founded Swiss Startup Factory, become founder and managing partner of Think Reloaded AG, and CTI Invest’s deputy managing director. Baur has also led SSF through collaborations with Goldback Group and Fintech Fusion. He’s also co-founder and director of Swiss Startup Association. In September 2015 Baur became vice president of Innovation Lab Fribourg, a company helping student entrepreneurs to take new technologies into the marketplace. In 2016 Mike Baur was voted one of the Swiss Movers and Shakers.