Switzerland’s most dominant startup company is the Swiss Start Up Factory, co-founded by Executive Chairman Mike Baur. He is a successful businessman and entrepreneur that started in the banking industry. For over 20 years Mike executed bank dealings which ultimately led to him wanting to move forward into the startup industry. At the age of 39, he created a business model unlike most of his peers in the industry by taking a different approach.
Swiss Start Up Factory enables young entrepreneurs the opportunity to advance their business platform and execute a company by using an accelerator program which was personally designed by Mike. It is a three-month program that provides the office space and advanced technology that entrepreneurs need to conduct business dealings without the added responsibility of managing daily operations. Entrepreneurs are provided networking for investors, legal consulting, coaching, mentoring and outstanding support from the Swiss Start Up Factory team.
Mike works directly with the teams within the program to personally provide mentoring, and he shares a wealth of knowledge and experience. He is also very involved in working with investors to bring them into the process when entrepreneurs are ready to launch their company. As Deputy Managing Director for Swiss Invest, Mike is instrumental in navigating the business relationships needed to build investment capital for the teams. His banking knowledge has created a valuable asset for Swiss Start Up Factory, and for becoming well-known by investors looking for opportunities to pursue profitable business ventures.
Mike contributes outside of Swiss Start Up Factory by being a frequent key note Speaker at prominent universities, corporations and startup networking events. He is extremely committed to giving back to the community of future leaders and entrepreneurs. His knowledge, leadership and experience have helped numerous young entrepreneurs begin the process of becoming business owners. Mike’s generous nature of supporting individuals achieve success is a huge part of his personality. His outstanding way of giving clear-cut knowledge by brainstorming the acceleration of startup ideas for developing advanced digital companies within Switzerland has created a fantastic alliance within the startup industry.
In 2011, Mike Baur was named in CRN Magazine as one of the top 100 Executives in the country. He was awarded the spotlight in the magazine for becoming one of the most-influential executives in the startup industry, and for his commitment to advancing digital technologies and successfully integrating them into entrepreneurial business ventures.