Three years ago, Mike Baur co-founded the Swiss Start Up Factory in Switzerland. He is now the Executive Chairman of the company, and oversees the company’s accepted startup investments.
Swiss Start Up Factory, located in Zurich, Switzerland, is a prominent resource company for young entrepreneurs who are looking to build a new startup, and for investors looking to add capital for growth and expansion. Mike founded the company with the mission of bridging the gap between those who are talented with limited resources and those who have the sturdy business structure to support the risks involved within new startup companies.
Mike has 20 years of successful experience within the baking industry, and he’s been an executive board member for one of the leading private banks within Switzerland. He has an MBA which he earned from the University of New York in Rochester, and he earned an additional Executive MBA while attending the University of Bern. Mike saw his business experience as a grounding platform to take a calculated risk within the startup industry. After two decades, Mike had already achieved more than most business leaders at 39 years old, when he made the decision to leave the banking industry to form the Swiss Start Up Factory.
Mike designed an outstanding program for Swiss Start Up Factory which encompasses preparation towards building companies that alter the traditional business models. The three-month program is an accelerator opportunity that offers early stage financing, coaching, and mentoring, as well as office space which entrepreneurs are given full access for navigating business dealings.
Additionally, Mike engages with successful investors that have the level of capital to bring into the process for pivoting the company at the opportune moment. Swiss Start Up Factory has a large network of investors and an advisory board to position each entrepreneur towards the most-lucrative business dealing.
In 2016, Mike was appointed as Deputy Managing Director to Swiss Startup Invest as one of the companies Executive Board Members. Swiss Startup Invest is the leading nontraditional financial platform used by Swiss high-tech startup companies. Mike’s area of expertise for the company is as an investment strategist and developing the financial infrastructure necessary for supporting startup companies.
With Mike’s various board member roles with several Swiss companies, he remains as the principle fundraiser and subject matter expert for financing investments for Swiss Start Up Factory. In 2016, the company received more than 1,500 startup applications for the accelerator program.