When Mike Baur founded the Swiss Start up Factory in 2014, he envisioned an environment that would not only help entrepreneurs build their business, but one that could energize creative and thought-provoking ideas. Mike’s vision was to disrupt the traditional and normal models, for creating a business, and reach beyond the normal ways of doing business. Mike currently is the CEO and Chairman, for the company, and he actively makes sure his vision remains.
Mike Baur is a graduate from the University of Rochester New York, where he earned his MBA, and he has an Executive MBA from the University of Bern. Mike used his educational background to pursue a career in the banking industry and remained in the industry, for 20 years.
With ambition and tenacity, Mike Baur accelerated his vision and founded what is now the leading startup company in Switzerland. His ambition to create a global company that went against the traditions of the banking industry that he was accustomed to, for two decades, has produced a platform which has enriched many young entrepreneurs.
At the core of the Swiss Start up Factory is the company’s three-month accelerator program. The program sets the beginning stage, for young entrepreneurs and startup companies, to build the structure and foundation to succeed. Swiss Start up Factory enables them with all the tools needed, such as coaching, financial networking, state-of-the-art office space, technology advancement, and a wide-range of access to entrepreneurial resources. Swiss Start up Factory is independently financed and it is well-known as the number one ICT startup in Switzerland.
Swiss Start up Factory has produced some of the finest entrepreneurs and businesses as the result of an outstanding program. An example is 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year, Viktor Calabro, who was successful in building Staff Finder AG. The company provides just-in-time human resource strategies and operates on over $21 million in total equity funding.
Mike Baur’s leadership style, for Swiss Start up Factory, is very different than most CEO’s. Mike continues to involve himself in the day to day activities of building startup companies. His role within fundraising, for the program, is a prime example of how Mike continues to keep his pulse on the company and leading entrepreneurs toward their business goals. His innovative skills, passion and drive, for the success of those wanting to build their own company, provides an environment that is not only successful, but contagious.