Mike Baur is a finance professional and a former banker on the Swiss banking scene. He spent more than twenty years in the banking industry. He started at the bottom and rose through the ranks to top level executive positions. He started as a commercial apprentice at UBS. He has also previously worked for Clariden Leu. He has more than twenty years banking experience. He is a successful entrepreneur and business coach.
Mike Baur is the founder of Swiss Startup Factory, a startup accelerator located in Zurich. The company was launched in 2014. He is serving as the CEO and Executive Chairman of the board. He offers mentoring, training and startup incubation services. He is also involved in financial advisory as well as connecting entrepreneurs to potential investors.
The Swiss Startup Factory aims to grow startups into globally successful companies. The firm provides exciting opportunities to eager digital entrepreneurs. It operates a robust and global business network that entrepreneurs can exploit to achieve growth. The package includes a three-month startup accelerator program. A startup gets access to business services, prime co-working spaces, coaching and mentoring. The company has interests in finance and technology, health, biotechnology and education among others.
The team uses an experienced team of business experts to move startups from the idea phase to profitability quickly. Some of the pre-accelerator services include pitch training, business coaching, and interactions with product development, accounting, technology and market research teams. At the growth accelerator level, the firm empowers entrepreneurs to access growth capital and develop new business. It provides access to expert IT teams; business consultants; attorneys and branding; marketing teams; and human resources support.
Under Mike Baur’s leadership, the Swiss Startup Factory has grown from strength to strength. He is credited with leading key developments at the firm. This includes the strategic partnership with CTI Invest as well as Fintech Fusion. He was also pivotal in overseeing the company through the Goldback Group accelerator program. He is in charge of fundraising at the startup accelerator. He is also responsible for organizing financing rounds.
Mike Baur is committed to enabling innovative startups to find a spot in the global business arena. The Swiss have a passion for ingenious ideas and emergent technologies. They can quickly attract global investors looking for the next big wave.
Mike Baur also serves as the Director of the Swiss Startup Association. He attended the University of Rochester in New York as well as the University of Berne.