Mike Baur is the Co-founder and the Director of the Swiss Startup Factory. He is an entrepreneur and a speaker on the Investor Panel at the WORLDWEBFORUM Next Generation Semester Closing. Mike Baur has close to 25 years of experience in the banking industry.
His passion for business began while he was a teenager and pursued Business and Finance as a career later in life. Baur holds a bachelor’s degree in Applied Science (B.A. Sc.) Banking and Finance from University of Applied Sciences Bern. He also has an MBA from Rochester University and an Executive MBA from the University of Berne. Mike guides the youths in Switzerland in becoming entrepreneurs through mentorship and financial support.
Mike Baur began his career as a commercial apprentice at UBS. He has risen to the executive board member position in one of the largest Swiss private banks the Clariden Leu and Sallfort. Baur has worked in other companies including the Young Entrepreneurs Club, Innovation Lab Fribourg, and the Think Reloaded Ag. Additionally, Mike expects to succeed Managing Director of the CTI Invest where he currently serves as the Deputy Managing Director.
In 2014, he began his entrepreneurial career and together with Max Meister and Oliver Walzer they co-founded Swiss Start-up Factory. It is currently the leading independent and privately owned ICT start-up accelerator in Switzerland.
Mike is responsible for the fundraising and financing rounds at the Swiss Start-Up Factory (SSUF). The company has a three months start-up program which aims at educating, mentoring, coaching, providing an entrepreneurial platform and financing the young entrepreneurs. SSUF offers office spaces, desk spaces, and conference rooms at affordable prices where the like-minded individuals can meet and share connections.
Additionally, they provide services that include bookkeeping, cash flow reports, managements of invoice and payrolls, offering financial statements, and tax, & VAT reporting. Swiss Startup Factory’s portfolios include the Blinkers, Carhelper, Beaconsmind, and Struckd.
Swiss Start-up Factory has teamed up with CTI Invest in the development of the Swiss Startup Ecosystem. The two organizations have launched Podcasts and Video of Swiss Startups website together and have plans of working together on their projects. SSUF will help CTI Invest with co-organizing events and training for startups.
Consequently, CTI Invest will give a hand in pre-selection and coaching in the Swiss Startup Factory Accelerator Program. Different startups have emerged through the help of Mike Baur and his team at the Swiss Startup accelerator program, which only requires just a good idea to get financing.