When entrepreneur and businessman Mike Baur was a youth growing up in the Fribourg region of Switzerland, he was very much fascinated by banking and finance. He dreamed that some day he would be in charge of working with the money to get things done. But Baur did more than just dream. He focused his time, talent and energy on gaining the skills he would need to be employed in those fields. By his late teens he had already completed an MBA at the University of Rochester in New York and an executive MBA at the University of Bern. He then got a job with banking giant UBS as a commercial apprentice.
Over the next 20 years Mike Baur worked his way up the ladder in the Swiss banking industry. As his knowledge of the industry grew he was able to get a position as a wealth manager with the well-known and highly-respected Swiss financial institution Clariden Leu. By the time Mike Baur decided to leave the banking industry at age 39, he was on a large private Swiss bank’s executive board. Baur then set about creating a new chapter in his life. He got together with his friends Oliver Walzer and Max Meister and founded the new business incubator called Swiss Startup Factory in 2014.
Swiss Startup Factory is a 3 month long accelerator program which provides startup business with financing, office space in the heart of Zurich, help with bookkeeping, payroll and invoice management and tax and VAT reporting services. SSF also offers companies participating in the program mentoring as well as access to an extensive entrepreneurial and investor network. The SSF staff also provides a package of services specifically designed for the type of company with which they are working. Swiss Startup Factory is an unqualified success and is Switzerland’s top rated privately financed, independent ICT Startup Accelerator.
Baur invests a great deal of time working with young Swiss entrepreneurs. He supports them both as a mentor and financially. Mike Baur is also the Swiss Startup Association co-founder and director. Plus he was a jury member of University of St Gallen’s startup pitching contest called the START Summiteer. Baur also worked with the startup business accelerator programs of CTI Invest, Fintech Fusion and the Goldbach Group. Mike Baur’s ultimate goal is to offer young Swiss entrepreneurs help attaining their business goals and networking with other young entrepreneurs.