Mike Baur instituted the Swiss Startup Factory together with Oliver Walzer and Max Meister. He currently oversees the company’s managerial matters as the executive chairperson while Walzer is responsible for investment initiatives as the chief investment officer. Besides founders, the Swiss Startup Factory’s leadership team also comprises of other business leaders. These include Jean-Pierre Vuilleumier, head of training, Chris Bargholz, business analyst, and Mexx , head of security.
The Swiss Startup Factory
Since its beginning in 2014, the Swiss Startup Factory (SSUF) has stood out as one of the most promising business incubation centers in Switzerland. The firm operates with a mission to create companies that would make a change in contemporary business models, norms, and products. SSUF’s three-month incubation program serves budding business ventures with diverse solutions. These include coaching, financing, and mentoring. Entrepreneurs also get the chance to work in a spacious office and meet established investors.
As he invested in budding businesses, Mike Baur interacted with several investors and entrepreneurs. He also met Max Meister and Oliver Walzer who shared his vision. The trio founded Swiss Startup Factory after analyzing the challenges that most upcoming entrepreneurs go through in Switzerland. Back in 2014, Swiss enterprises had started to grow tremendously courtesy of technological advances in the business sector.
Mike Baur’s Work Background
Before coming up with SSUF, Mike Baur was actively involved in the Swiss banking sector. With over 20 years of banking experience, Baur was instrumental in the growth of financial institutions, such as Clariden and UBS. He decided to relinquish his job as a banker to focus on startups. As an entrepreneur, Baur was keen on emerging business ventures and the impacts of technology in entrepreneurship. He was also passionate about helping startups grow for them to avail cost-effective product and services in the market.
Mike Baur was one of the judges who assessed participants of the START Summiteer that took place at the University of St Gallen. Participants were required to present their entrepreneurial ideas to the judges for them to stand a chance of receiving financial support. In 2016, SSUF collaborated with a financial company known as CTI Invest. Baur was appointed as CTI Invest’s assistant M.D. immediately the partnership agreement was sealed.
Baur was instrumental in leading SSUF to carry out an accelerator program in partnership with Goldbach Group. He also took part in SSUF’s collaboration with the famed Fintech Fusion. In honor of Baur’s successful banking, entrepreneurship, and investing careers, the Wall Street Journal published an article about him in its December 2016 issue.