Mike Baur is the co-founder, Managing Partner and Executive Chairman at Swiss Startup Factory, “where innovation meets execution”. Based in Switzerland, their mission is to provide talented entrepreneurs a specialized platform that monitors these talents through the entire process and gives them ambitious milestones. Their vision at the Swiss Startup Factory is to run startup accelerator programs that will be the global standard for others and to provide any startup with every single service they may need to become successful.
The company focuses on technologies and offers these startup entrepreneurs mentoring, coaching, industry expertise and access to networks of potential clients and investors. Mike Baur wants to ensure that the proper issues are tracked and that the best talents are selected and endorsed. They feature a three month-long startup accelerator program in which they provide unique services, financing, coaching, and office space to aide his startups in their success. His goal, with partner Michael Hartweg, is to be an innovative power in Switzerland, helping the industry, especially in Switzerland, where they are the leading location for digitization in the financial sector. Recently, the Swiss Startup Factory has partnered up with CTI Invest to create a close relationship in order to develop and further the Swiss Startup Ecosystem.
The Swiss Startup Factory features a source an equal-minded individuals who can create and share those connections at co-working spaces. They are given services that include bookkeeping, invoice management, payroll management, tax and VAT reporting, cash flow reports and financial health reviews. Launched startups from this company include Struckd, Carhelper, Beaconsmind and Blinkers.
Mike Baur calls Fribourg, Switzerland his home and remains strongly connected to it. Fascinated with banking and finance at an early age, the Swiss Startup Factory comes with a great personal gratification. He attained his MBA from University of Rochester and in addition, received his Executive MBA from the University of Bern. He spent nearly 20 years in Swiss Private Banking and eventually found his way to the executive board of a large Swiss private bank.
In 2014, he began his entrepreneurial journey and founded the Swiss Startup Factory with two other partners. This company is the number one privately financed ICT startup accelerator in Switzerland. Mr. Baur invests a lot of time and effort into Switzerland’s youth, especially entrepreneurs, by supporting their startups both as a mentor and with his financial assistance.