Swiss Startup Factory is a startup accelerator company founded by Mike Baur, Oliver Walzer and Max Meister in Zurich 2014 with the aim of helping innovative startups make it big in their respective industry. Currently, Mike is a managing partner in the company, and he is responsible for all financial activities in the company including and not limited to fundraising, leading the company through mergers and acquisitions, and financing rounds. Thanks to Mike’s passion for helping startups and his sound financial background, the company has been able to achieve a lot over a short period.
Mike Baur started his career in the banking industry at a tender age of 19. At the time of starting Swiss Startup Factory, he had spent two decades in the banking sector working his way up to prestigious positions in some of the big banks in Switzerland. Apart from this experience in matters financing, Mike is well educated with an MBA and an executive MBA degree from the University of Rochester, NY and the University of Bern in Switzerland respectively.
Under the leadership of Mike Baur, the Swiss Startup Factory has been involved in nurturing innovators and taking their businesses into global ventures. The company runs a startup accelerator program that young enterprising innovators get to apply twice a year; February and September. Once accepted into the program, Mike with the help of other experts in Swiss Startup Factors take the selected entrepreneurs through a three months program. During this time, the entrepreneurs are mentored on idea pitching, product development, accounting, IT, marketing, and how to access corporate networks within the industry. In addition to these things, the entrepreneurs are given starting capital and an office space at the Swiss Startup Factory offices in Zurich where they can run and operate their business before venturing out.
Mike has also helped SSUF stand on its own and be able to fully support all its activities including funding by forming successful mergers with other companies. One very important partnership is that with CTI Invest. CTI is a financial company that provides startup loans to deserving innovative companies within the economy. Additionally, Mike has also led Swiss Startup Factory into partnership with Fintech Fusion that will see the company provide better services to its entrepreneurs.
Through the leadership of Mike Baur, we are guaranteed of having a new breed of successful entrepreneurs in the years to come.