Mike Baur is an experienced finance professional and entrepreneur. He is the managing partner of Swiss Start-Up Factory. He co-founded the privately held firm in 2014 in Zurich, Switzerland. The company offers capital funding to technology start-ups. Besides capital, Swiss Start-Up Factory (SSUF) also provides business incubation services. The firm’s co-working spaces create an enabling environment where young business can access essential business services and mentorship from experienced professionals.
Mike Baur has extensive experience in the esteemed banking and financial services sector in Switzerland. He is passionate about capital investments and is responsible for the fundraising activities and financing rounds at SSUF. He also directs financial management strategy. Mike Baur also serves as a director of Swiss Startup Invest, a leading venture capital firm based in Zurich. He also founded Think Reloaded, a venture capital firm in Switzerland.
The start-up accelerator program at SSUF runs for three months. Start-ups get access to ready to go working spaces, training, business support services and an extensive entrepreneur network. Some of the business support services include accounting, receivables and billing, payroll management and financial review. The growing businesses can focus their efforts on creating stellar products and services that will positively affect people’s lives and their bottom line.
Through SSUF, Mike Baur negotiates strategic partnerships with industry stakeholders that empower him to guarantee the start-ups success in the global marketplace. Besides Swiss Startup Invest, SSUF is also collaborating with Fintech Fusion, a finance and technology accelerator in Switzerland, and ETH Entrepreneur Club, a student initiative that fosters entrepreneurship. Mike Baur invests more than just capital into the start-ups. He is deeply involved in training, mentoring and providing executive direction to the youth to enable the start-ups to achieve profitability quickly.
He has an in-depth understanding of the global technology space and can analyze the bright ideas start-ups present comprehensively. This allows him to model the young companies into successful global brands. Mike Baur is committed to establishing a strong foundation for technology companies. Some of the brands that Mike Baur has invested in through SSUF include Avaneo, WeaVR, Struckd, and Diplomero among many other companies.
Mike Baur attended the University of Rochester and Bern University. Before SSUF, Mike Baur participated in the START Summit, a pitching forum hosted at the University of St. Gallen to enable startups to find suitable investors. He then worked for various Swiss banks such as UBS, Clariden Leu that merged with Credit Suisse, and Sallfort Privatbank.