As a veteran of the Swiss private banking industry, Mike Baur has extensive experience has an entrepreneur and businessman. His banking career lasted for 20 years and included such Swiss banking giants as UBS and Clariden Leu. Eventually, he decided to quit the banking industry in order to follow his passion for helping startups achieve success. In 2014, he co-founded Swiss Startup Factory along with two business partners, Oliver Walzer and Max Meister.
At the Swiss Startup Factory, Mike Baur helps entrepreneurs like himself achieve success. The company operates a three-month long accelerator program which is designed to help them through those first crucial steps of developing a product or service and releasing it to consumers. The program Mike Baur and the other co-founders created provides a collaborative office working environment, coaching, research and development, and other business services.
When the Swiss Startup Factory itself was a startup, Mike Baur was instrumental in leading the company through its own business accelerator program at Goldback Group. He also was the key person at Swiss Startup Factory that created a partnership with Fintech Fusion which operates a 12-month accelerator program. Mike Baur helps the clients of his company develop pitches for venture capitalists. As he worked in the private banking industry for 20 years, he has a connection with a huge number of venture capitalists that his clients can draw on to receive the capital they need to launch their businesses.
The Swiss Startup Factory operates a Founder Stories page which has videos of interviews with successful entrepreneurs, including Mike Baur. In his Founder Story, he talks about how to create a business from scratch. He says that what most young entrepreneurs don’t realize is that it is a lot of heavy work, much more than they are expecting. He says that the only way to succeed is to roll your sleeves up, dive in, and make starting the company your life’s passion.
The area that Swiss Startup Factory focuses on is entrepreneurs in the digital space. Among the startups that Mike Baur and his team have helped launch is Struckd which created an innovative app that lets people create their own video games using a simple drag and drop interface. Another one is Carhelper which wants to revolutionize the used car market by bringing it fully into the digital age. Mike Baur also helped Diabirds which provides people with Diabetes a way to monitor their conditions using online tools.