Mike Baur is the Co-Founder & CEO at Swiss Startup Factory, where he is responsible for the fundraising and finance rounds for the firm. Swiss Startup Factory was founded in 2012 and is a Zurich, Switzerland based startup accelerator.
Prior to his work at the Factory, Mr. Baur worked in Finance, and he possesses 20 years of experience in the Swiss banking industry. Mike received an MBA from the University of Rochester, New York and also holds an Executive MBA from the University of Bern. Max Meister and Oliver Walzer are also Co-Founders at Swiss Startup Factory.
In February of this year, Swiss Startup Factory (SSUF) joined forces with the Geneva based Fintech Accelerator Fusion. The endeavor is an effort to join the often disparate French and Swiss German regions of the country. The combined firms’ ability to bridge any language gaps and communicate across the entire nation is an important and impactful benefit of the collaboration.
Another recent collaboration, announced at the end of 2015, and effective as of January, 2016, is the partnership between SSUF and CTI Invest. According to a release from late last year, the two firms “will start a close cooperation in order to further develop the Swiss Startup Ecosystem.” Mr. Baur has been named Deputy Managing Director of CTI Invest, a position formerly held by Jean-Pierre Vuilleumier. The appointment of Vuillemier to the Swiss Startup Factory leadership team as a Managing Partner further cements the commitment between the two entities.
The Factory accepts digital entrepreneurs into its three month program and provides them with mentorship, connections in Switzerland and around the globe, and office space located in central Zurich. The next three month accelerator program, S16, begins in September; the application information may be found here. SSUF continues to work with four candidates from the Winter (W16) program: beaconsmind, which works in the sales industry; carhelper.ch, an online service for the car repair industry; Struckd, a casual game design service that does not require any programming knowledge on the part of the user; and Velohub / blinkers, an integral safety system for bicycles interacting with other vehicles.
Through his work creating and expanding SSUF, Mike Baur has established a very strong position for himself in the Swiss, and global, entrepreneurial field.