Co-Founder and CEO of Swiss Startup Factory Mike Baur got his start working in a private Swiss bank. After roughly twenty years of working, he began his journey into entrepreneurship. In 2014 Baur along with his two partners Max Meister and Oliver Walzer launched what is widely respected as the number one independent and privately financed early stage ICT Startup Accelerator in Switzerland. The program was inspired by the desire to create global companies that differ from the norm in terms of products and business models. They offer a brief three month program to business in their early stages that provides financing services, coaching and mentoring, office space and access to an extensive entrepreneurial and investor network. The programs and forms of assistance offered through the Swiss Startup Factory gives digital entrepreneurs the confidence and knowledge they need to launch their product. With constant support and mentorship from a well-respected organization, you could almost say these startups have the advantage of starting in first place.
Mike Baur spent his early years working for two private Swiss banks. There he gained his admirable expertise in finance and investments. When he decided to launch the Swiss Startup Factory, his main goal was to help dedicated and excited new digital entrepreneurs get their business off the ground. Working in the financial industry Baur saw that in order to be successful in launching a business of any kind you need support, a strong network, and financial services that are always accessible to you. He also realized that the startup process is often the most difficult. In January 2016 CTI Invest, an independent, non-profit private-public-partnership association of investors and Swiss Startup Factory partnered and Mike Baur was named deputy managing director of CTI invest. He has since formed two other partnerships with Goldback Group and Fintech Fusion. In addition to his contribution to the startup of digital entrepreneurs living out their dreams, Mike Baur spends a significant amount of time investing in fostering Swiss youth entrepreneurship. Baur is on a constant journey to make the entrepreneurship process more manageable for digital startups. His dedication as well as extensive knowledge and innovative ideas, Baur has become one of the most respected men in finance and business.