Mike Baur is the Founder and current Chairman of Swiss Start Up Factory, the leading accelerator program in Switzerland; producing highly-successful young companies and entrepreneurs.
In an industry where financial connections and resources demand focus, Mike has found the personal touch for the startup business. Through passion, drive and a strategic risk-taking approach to the startup business, Mike’s proven successful formula for developing young companies and entrepreneurs has become the hallmark of his business achievements. He has truly developed a real and lasting value within the startup industry.
While conducting business in the banking industry for over 20 years, Mike discovered that his talents could be better suited for helping to establish young entrepreneurs reach their goal within their perspective business market. His energy and motivation creates an atmosphere that becomes contagious with entrepreneurs wanting to achieve higher accomplishments and reach levels that are beyond the status quo of the typical business world.
Mike took a significant risk when he founded the Swiss Start Up Factory. He built a program that is completely in contrast to the traditional business world. Mike does not believe in doing things the same way, but instead chooses to use a more creative approach for how business deals are completed.
The Swiss Start Up Factory accelerator program consists of coaching, mentoring, technological advancements as well as providing entrepreneurs and business owners the office space needed to establish their company. In addition, entrepreneurs receive the opportunities to align with investors that are seeking to start new companies, or advance into a newer market for their investments.
Mike has solidified the investment opportunities for the program with his continued efforts to bring in investors that provide the type of capital needed to be a reliable resource for the companies Swiss Start Up Factory creates. With Mike’s banking experience, he’s able to explore those investors and bring them in at seemingly the perfect time and with a streamline approach to connect with the entrepreneur’s at the right phase. Mike says, although it can be tough for entrepreneurs to connect with investors, it’s important that they know how to sell their brand and to believe in themselves.
In 2016, Mike Baur also became Deputy Managing Director for CTI Investments. Through his involvement with CTI Investments, Mike is better positioned with elevating the business relationships required for entrepreneurs within the Swiss Start Up Factory program.