Every startup requires nurturing and support for successful professionals, in order to understand the market challenges, and how to handle them. This is what Mike Baur does across Switzerland, helping great minds change their ideas into business. Mike Baur is a mentor and a prominent entrepreneur across Zurich, for his involvement with the Swiss Start Up Factory, (SSUF), and his vast experience in the banking and finance sectors. Before joining the Swiss Factory, Mike spent over 20 years in the banking sector in popular institutions like the UBS, and Clariden, which laid a foundation for his current career path, that kicked off in 2014.It’during this time, when together with Oliver Walzer and Max Meister, launched the Swiss Start Up Factory, that offers fledgling entrepreneurs with a space they can share and build their ideas, and also get support from relevant professionals.
Quality education in MBA and executive MBA, from Bern University and Rochester University, respectively, has equipped Mike with the right skills and knowledge to run the SSUF, as its superb co-founder and the CEO. In addition, he has been able to effectively apply the lean business model into the SSUF, as its driving force. As a result, Mike has played a crucial role in revolutionizing the company’s space in Switzerland.
Swiss Startup Factory is a privately –held and financed ICT company, based in Zurich- Switzerland. It’s one of the most active accelerator startup in the region, due to its great global network. As a result, over 100 entrepreneurs have received support from the incubation program that has steered their business into established start-ups. This is a great milestone for SSUF, whose idea is to help startup ideas grow into business in three months, through mentorship and coaching. For this to materialize, the company has created a website platform known as the Founderstories.ch that contains interviews and experiences from professionals on start-ups.
Under Mike’s leadership, Swiss Start Up Factory has made great milestones and made several partnerships. Among them is the CTI -a financing start-up partnership with SSUF. Due to the exemplary work by Mike, he was named as the deputy managing director of CTI Invest, and the same year, featured in the Wall Street Journal, due to his service to others. This is an indication that Mike is a leader who is passionate about helping the youth, as he has even funded most of the startup companies from his own pocket.MI