With over two decades of experience in the Swiss banking sector, Mike Baur brings his vast knowledge and networks into the business environment through the Swiss Startup Factory. This is an accelerator or incubator for new businesses in Zurich focusing mainly on entrepreneurs who are looking to advance in the digital space. Mike Baur is the firm’s current Executive Chairman. Through the Swiss Startup Factory, young digital entrepreneurs are given access to investor networks around the globe.
The Swiss Startup Factory (SSUF) provides startups with a unique combination of services bundled into a 3-month program. During this period, new businesses are provided with office space in Zurich, coaching and mentoring, as well as financial assistance. This enables them to create business models and products that are disruptive of contemporary norms in the global economy. The primary objective of the SSUF is to encourage people to take advantage of the booming technological landscape and create Swiss companies that take over the market.
Through the SSUF, Mike Baur aims at motivating Swiss enterprises to come up with digital solutions that address traditional challenges. This is the only way to bridge the gap between the new and old economy. Using the high-level networks he created while working in the banking sector, Mike Baur links investors with highly motivated Swiss entrepreneurs who deserve the opportunity.
He co-founded the entity in 2014, alongside Oliver Walzer and Max Meister. As part of the management of SSUF, he is in charge of sourcing for finances and fundraising. In 2016, Mike Baur secured business partnerships with Fintech Fusion and CTI Invest, as well as guiding the firm through Goldback Group’s accelerator program.
About Mike Baur
He is a Swiss national, widely known in the country’s banking sector for his tenures at Clariden Leu and the Union Bank of Switzerland. Before founding the SSUF, Mike Baur was an avid investor in Swiss startups. He is dedicated to startup investing, incubation and acceleration. As a result, he actively participates as a member of the digital boards of various companies in Switzerland.
Mike Baur is extensively learned, holding an EMBA, MBA, and BASc in Banking and Finance from the University of Bern, University of Rochester, and University of Applied Sciences in Bern respectively. He shares this education and expertise earned as a keynote speaker at corporate, startup, and university events. In 2017, he was a member of the jury at the START Summiteer. This is a pitching contest for entrepreneurs at the University of St. Gallen.
He is presently on the boards and top management of Think Reloaded, Innovation Lab Fribourg, Swiss Startup Association, and Swiss Startup Invest.