Mike Baur and The Story Behind Swiss Startup Factory

Mike Baur spent 20 years of his life working in Swiss Private Banking. He started as a commercial apprentice at USB and quickly worked his way up to becoming an executive board member for one of the largest Swiss Private Banks in the world.

 

When Baur was 39 he got the entrepreneurial bug and launched his first company, a strategic advisory boutique known as Think Reloaded. Over the years Baur became known as a mover and shaker in the world of business.

 

In December 2016 he was featured in the Wall Street Journal where they highlighted his career and many accomplishments.

 

The Story Behind Swiss Startup Factory

 

In early 2015 Mike Baur and his two business partners founded the Swiss Startup Factory in Zurich, Switzerland. As an early stage startup investor Baur understands all too well the challenges that come with trying to start a new company.

 

After receiving far too many sub par startup pitch decks and assisting with startup presentations that were average at best, Baur felt it was time to come up with a way for startups in Switzerland to get the help they needed in order to take their ideas to the next level.

 

And that is where the idea for Swiss Startup Factory was born. In the beginning stages Baur got a lot of kick back. No one believed in what he was doing nor did they believe it was necessary.

 

Most people automatically assumed since the Switzerland government already had several programs in place for start ups that there was no need for a program like the Swiss Startup Factory.

 

Baur however didn’t let that stop him. He knew that what he had in mind was unlike any other startup incubator in the country.

 

The boot camp like business execution platform offered by Swiss Startup Factory provides selected startup teams with an experience they can’t get anywhere else. Its tough and its all about execution.

 

It shows aspiring entrepreneurs how to go from idea to market in as little as three months. If selected you will get access to expert mentor sessions, one on one mentor sessions, a collaborative work environment, expert pitch training, and the best network of entrepreneurs & investors that Switzerland has to offer.

 

To learn more about Mike Baur and the Swiss Startup Factory accelerator program visit www.swissstartupfactory.com. You can apply for the program in February and September of each year.

 

Mike Baur and the Swiss Start-up Factory: The journey

Mike Baur is no stranger to the private banking sector in Switzerland. So it came as no surprise when he started making his move on starting a venture of his own. Mike’s love for finance and banking started in his early teens while he was still pursuing his education in the small town of Fribourg in Switzerland. He went on to pursue his dreams and joined the MBA program at the University of Rochester. He also got an executive MBA from the University of Bern to further add to his resume. Mike has spent more than 20 years in the Swiss Private Banking sector making his way up from a commercial apprentice at UBS to spearheading one of the biggest start-ups of the nation in the form of the Swiss Start-up Factory. He also worked with Clariden and Sallfort during his brief career in the banking business.

The Swiss start-up factory is the brainchild of Mike Baur and his experience as a private banker was an integral aspect in the formation of the company. He co-founded the company along with two other partners, Max Meister and Oliver Walzer. The Swiss Start-up Factory was started to support young entrepreneurs to help in their business making endeavors. The Swiss Start-up Factory happens to be the top independent and privately funded ICT startup accelerator in Switzerland. The company runs a regular three-month accelerator program for technopreneurs on a regular basis which involves giving coaching and mentoring to young digital entrepreneurs in areas like finance, entrepreneurial network, investor network and providing with infrastructure facilities.

The company recently underwent a massive change announcing a partnership and collaboration effort between them and the Geneva-based Fintech Accelerator Fusion. The two companies will work on a niche of things including start-up pre-selection process, mentor network exchange, joint events and sharing office spaces with start-ups. Mike Baur and Michael Hartweg remain at the forefront of the business affair. The partnership allows for innovation and new ideas to serve itself as the leading center of digitization in the financial sector. The year 2016, also saw Mike Baur becoming the deputy managing director of CTI Invest and is also being foreseen as the successor of the current managing director Jean-Pierre Vuilleumier.

Learn more: https://fintechfusion.ch/2015/11/13/mike-baur-ceo-swiss-startup-factory/