Mike Baur is a businessman turned entrepreneur. After earning a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Rochester and an Executive MBA from the University of Berne, Mr. Baur began a career in banking and worked in several Swiss Private Banks. He began his career at the apprentice level and through hard work and determination to succeed; he worked his way up the banking ladder to executive board member, where he remained for several years, including Clariden Leu and Sallfort.
Baur left the banking industry after more than 20 years and began investing in start-up companies. He was effective as a supporter for assisting entrepreneurs out of the gate and onto the road of success, but he decided he could offer a solid and more professional entrepreneurial program through an established accelerator entity.
At age 39, Baur put on his entrepreneurial hat and founded the Swiss Start-up Factory (SSUF) with two business partners, Oliver Walzer and Max Meister, in 2014. The goal of the SSUF is to provide talented, young, thriving digital entrepreneurs in Switzerland a platform that offers guidance through a business driven process and environment with ambitious goals and the appropriate milestones to measure achievement.
The SSUF, through Mike Baur’s business and entrepreneurial savvy and guidance has become the number one privately financed and independent start-up accelerator in Switzerland. Mr. Baur not only supports a variety of Swiss start-ups financially, but as a mentor to the youths that participate. He gives them the benefit of his experience and adds a great deal of encouragement for good measure.
The SSUF holds a three month accelerator program where the Factory provides coaching, mentoring and financial assistance, as well as office space in downtown Zurich and access to an investor and entrepreneurial network with a variety of like minded individuals who can share experience and connections. The program gives the participants a solid foundation of business experience that will help them all set ambitious goals and succeed in achieving them.
At the beginning of 2016, Baur was named managing deputy director for CTI Invest when SSUF entered into a partnership with CTI. Baur also was the leader for SSUF through an accelerator program with Goldback Group and formed a partnership with Fintech Fusion in 2016.