Focus on Swiss Startup Factory and Mike Baur
Swiss Start-Up Factory was established in 2014, and it is currently based in Zurich. This Startup accelerator was launched with the aim of finding and nurturing successful entrepreneurs in the digital world. It harbored the ambitions of creating international companies that are capable of disrupting the prevalent business models, products and norms. Swiss Start-Up Factory provides such flourishing digital industrialists with great opportunities from the very first day via its well-built set of connections based in Switzerland and worldwide.
What Does Swiss Start-Up Factory do?
Swiss Start-Up Factory runs a start-up accelerator program that operates continuously for three months. It provides a sole stage of mentoring, servicing and training. A startup accelerator refers to a program that encompasses educational components and mentorship. Startup accelerators usually culminate in a demo day or a public pitch affair. They are open to all interested parties but remain highly competitive. In addition, the Swiss Start-Up Factory provides office space at the center of Zurich. The program provides successful entrepreneurs with a large investor and entrepreneurial association to enable them achieve their ambitious goals.
About Mike Baur
Mike Baur is an entrepreneur and businessman from Switzerland. He helped in co-founding the Swiss Start-Up Factory and is its current managing partner. Mr. Baur has an extensive experience in the banking industry having worked in it for more than 20 years. He has worked for a number of banking institutions that include Clariden Leu and UBS. He decided to call it quits and started investing in a number of startup companies. This was prior to linking up with Oliver Walzer and Max Meister. The trio decided to establish the Swiss Start-Up Factory together.
Mr. Baur was part of the jury during the START Summiteer, a contest hosted by University of St. Gallen on start-up pitching. At the beginning of the year 2016, he was named as CTI’s deputy managing director. This was after the Swiss Startup Factory had entered into a partnership with CTI. Early 2016 also saw Baur leading the Swiss Startup Factory via its three-month accelerator program with the Goldback Group. He also led it in partnering with the Fintech Fusion in February, 2016. The wall Street Journal, in the month of December 2016, retraced the profile of his early career in the Swiss banking industry up until his entrepreneurship journey and involvement with startup investments. As an executive chairman of the Swiss Startup Factory, Baur bears the responsibility of raising funds and financing the rounds at the firm.