Mike Baur is undoubtedly a man of many talents. As the Founding Partner of Swiss Start-up Factory, Mr. Baur is the living embodiment of hard work pays coupled by creativity and innovation. The Zurich-based accelerator focuses on providing a unique platform, designed to facilitate mentoring, coaching, and providing ample office space to strengthen entrepreneurial networks and achieve set goals.
In essence, the program runs a three-month program upon which apprentices are mentored on various aspects of digital entrepreneurial development. With over two decades’ worth of experience in the Swiss Banking industry, Baur has proven to be an invaluable asset to the start-up company.
How the Program Operates
From inception, ideas are fine-tuned within a three-month period upon which mentors conduct discussion groups aimed at promoting a collaborative environment. Afterward, expert pitch training and the most viable ideas are pursued. Each year, the program accepts candidates in two distinct batches (February & September) that serve as the common ground for robust entrepreneurial development.
Learning initiatives at the factory are harnessed courtesy of the provision of a state-of-the-art fitness center, a kitchen and lunch space, co-working desks, free WiFi, a welcome area, and opulent meeting rooms. More importantly, the Start-up factory has extended its services to the public by renting its working and office space at a reasonable CHF 390 per month for half a table and CHF 590 per month for a full desk.
Since its inception, Swiss start-up factory has been associated with several active startups such as Carcodex, Lari, Myinsurance, IDUN, Darwin Pricing, Velvet Parking among others.
Mike Baur’s Profile
Mike Baur is widely considered to be the brains behind Swiss start-up factory’s unprecedented success. The Swiss entrepreneur progressively built his reputation by diligently working for several entities such as Clariden Leu and UBS. Having gained vast experience, Baur deemed it necessary to venture into startup companies with Swiss Startup Factory emerging as his prime achievement. Pulling off such a feat wasn’t possible without the aid of Oliver Walzer and Max Meister.
Mike Baur also participated at the START Summiteer as a jury member at the University of St Gallen. He has dominated the headlines by serving as CTI’s deputy managing director after its partnership with Swiss Startup Factory. As the Founding Partner, Mike Baur oversaw the company’s collaboration with Goldback Group which positively contributed to the Startup’s success. Today, he is involved in the management of the start-up factory and also serves as a mentor.