Mike Baur the co-founder and CEO of Swiss Startup Factory spent close to 20 years in the Swiss Private Banking Sector. He is an entrepreneur with ideas and solutions in the new digital transformation economy of the 21st Century.
Baur started his career as a commercial apprentice at UBS, a Swiss global financial services company. He started with UBS in 1991 and moved up the ladder in the company. In 2008 he moved to Clariden Leu in Switzerland and then in 2012, he joined Sallfort Privatbank AG. His extensive training, knowledge and network grew, and with it, a passion to help other create their own business.
Thus, in 2014 he and his two partners formed the Swiss Start up Factory. The goal of the company was to turn start-ups into global companies. The company provides start-ups with a three month program which they refer to as the accelerator program. The program includes:
- Financing for the start up.
- Office space. The co-working space for your company would include some of the following options: Co-working desks, fitness center, meeting rooms, lunch space, welcome area, free wifi, video studio, mailbox and post.
- Access to investor and entrepreneurial network.
To graduate from the accelerator program you have to complete 3 performance milestones to graduate. How do they decide whether the milestones have been accomplished? A jury consisting of entrepreneurs, specialists and the founders of the Swiss Start will determine whether the startup is performing up to the standards set.
Baur sees a new economy coming in the 21st Century. And he feels that his Swiss Startup Factory can bridge the divide between the old economy and the new economy. How? Through growing and solving the many challenges of the digital transformation within Swiss companies.
His feels so strongly about his accelerator start-up ideas that he shares this knowledge at universities and companies. His other passion is sports. He is an avid fan of his hometown hockey team Fribourg Gotteron and he follows the Swiss Tennis Pros.
Mike Baur received his B.A.Sc in Banking and Finance from the University of Applied Sciences Bern, his MBA from the University of Rochester and his EMBA from the University of Bern.