Mike Baur is a co-founder and managing partner for the Swiss Start Up Factory (SSUF), along with his partners Max Meister and Oliver Walzer. He is also a speaker at the World Web Forum on the Investor Panel, co-founder and Director of the Swiss Start up Association, and also became the Deputy Managing Director of CTI when they partnered with SSUF. With an MBA from the University of Rochester, New York and an Executive MBA from the University of Berne, Mike takes his passion of helping young entrepreneurs to a whole new level with his role in the company.
The Swiss Start Up Factory is a Zurich based company that launched in 2014. It offers a three month acceleration program for new start ups with the intention of helping to get them on their feet and offering support in a lot of different areas. It is the number one independent and privately financed early stage start up company in Switzerland, and offers everything from pitch training and coaching to access to their market research team, marketing/IT/accounting support, and product development assistance. The company takes on two batches per year, one in February and another in September for their three month acceleration program that offers another six months of support post-program. The program offers three main areas, covering finance, which includes assistance gaining financial support from investors, business development, their model being “Build, Measure, Learn”, and leadership and management, which offers their expertise in getting, and keeping, the best people possible for your company.
Before leaving to help found SSUF, Mike spent 20 years working in the Swiss banking industry, for both UBS and Clariden Leu. He has used his vast amount of knowledge in this area to help out start ups with fund raising and financing rounds for the company. He also invests a lot of his time to the Young Swiss Entrepreneurs and supports various different start ups, both financially and as a mentor. He has also served as a jury member for the START Summiteer, which is a start up pitching contest for the University of St. Gallen. For more information on SSUF, you can visit their homepage here.