Mike Baur, co-founder and executive chairman of Swiss Startup Factory, had the vision of taking startups and turning them into global companies. The team of SSUF, including a security dog named Mexx that is featured on the company website, all share the dream of rebelling against norms, products, and business models. Swiss Startup factory starts by providing each startup with financing, coaching, mentoring, office space, and even the access to a large entrepreneurial and investor network. A customized three month service package helps each startup mature and grow, bringing them and their product to market.
After earning an MBA from the University of Rochester New York as well as an executive MBA from University of Berne, Baur worked in banking for over twenty years, originally starting as a commercial apprentice at UBS Wealth Management. From there he worked his way to one of the biggest swiss private banks. He claims his platform in the banking world adds value to his work in the startup ecosystem and beacause of this, he is responsible for the fundraising and financing that takes place at his company. In December of 2016, the Wall Street Journal published an article that profiled Baur’s early career from Swiss Banking to entrepreneurship and investments. Mike Baur also spends time as a frequent speaker at universities, small corporations, and even startup events where he shares his commitment to spread the knowledge about the magic of accelerating startup ideas, developing digital companies, and awareness about youth entrepreneurship.
Partnerships and sponsors of SSUF are crucial for interacting with a variety of stakeholders while developing the Swiss Startup scene and moving it forward. Together, they share important core and strategic goals which includes the support for entrepreneurial teaching to students. Some of these connections include: Goldbach Group, Helvetia, Universität St.Gallen, Microsoft, and even RedBull.
Other than his passions in the business world, baur is a huge sports fan. Making the connection between the DNA of a top sports professional and a top startup team, the businessman is a lover of his hometown hockey club and an active follower of the Swiss Tennis Pros.