Mike Baur became passionate about banking and finance way back in his childhood. He was born and grew up in Fribourg, Switzerland. Today, he boasts of making a career out of his passion. He attended the University of Bern and the University of Rochester where he earned an MBA and an Executive MBA respectively. He spent over two decades in the Swiss banking sector before venturing into the startup companies. He began his career as a commercial apprentice at the Clariden Leu before making his way up to top managerial positions.
Mike Baur’s entrepreneurial journey unfolded in 2014 after joining forces with his two partners to start the Swiss Startup Factory. He commits to mentoring and supporting young tech entrepreneurs through the Swiss Startup Factory, a leading independently financed and privately owned ICT accelerator in Switzerland. It runs a three-month-long accelerator program to inspire and empower young digital entrepreneurs. Driven by his passion for youths, Mike Baur spends much of his time mentoring teens through the Swiss youth entrepreneurship. Besides being the Chief Executive Officer, Mike Baur is responsible for fundraising and financing of the Swiss Startup Factory.
About the Swiss Startup Factory
Founded in 2014, the Swiss Startup Factory is the leading ICT accelerator in Switzerland. It aims to identify and empower nascent and thriving tech entrepreneurs in Switzerland. Currently, the firm runs a three-month-long accelerator program to coach, mentor, finance, and help young tech entrepreneurs build their entrepreneurial networks. The Swiss Startup Factory creates an opportunity for young digital entrepreneurs to go through a structured accelerator program. That helps empower aspiring tech entrepreneurs and create a platform for them to thrive in the global marketplace.’
During the three-month-long accelerator program, startups are tested to help them develop a selling idea and present it to potential investors. The program fits ambitious young digital entrepreneurs who want to transform the world with their innovative ideas. Again, the Swiss Startup Factory uses the lean canvas methodology to help startups to bring their ideas to the market. The Swiss Startup Factory creates an opportunity for startups to collaborate with innovators and industrial experts. As a mentor, Mike Baur once participated as a juror during the START Summiteer, an accelerator program organized by the University of St Gallen. In 2016, he led the Swiss Startup Factory through its partnership with CTI Invest, a leading financing platform for Swiss entrepreneurs.