Mike Baur is the Co-founder, Executive Chairman and Managing Partner at Swiss Startup Factory and Speaker on the Investor Panel at the WORLDWEBFORUM Next Generation Semester Closing. He is responsible for the fundraising and financing rounds at the Swiss Start-up Factory. He has spent 20 years working in the Swiss banking industry. Eventually Mike Baur’s entrepreneurial spirit made him decide to make the drastic decision to move out of the private banking career and took on the huge project of starting an incubator. Now Mike and others on the Swiss Start-up Factory team are helping grow new businesses.
The Swiss Start-up Factory is a Zurich-based independent accelerator that was launched in 2014 with a main focus of finding hard working digital entrepreneurs that have the desire to develop their own small business. Thare are enthusiastic about guiding and mentoring individuals that have the desire to become CEO’s in their own businesses and are consistently providing exciting opportunities from day one. The Swiss Start-up Factory provides entrepreneurs with many resources that will teach them how to grow their ideas into small businesses and from small businesses into ground-breaking corporations. What makes the Swiss Start-up Factory different from other incubators is that they are independent, leaving their start-up out of the politics of the system.
They offer an abundance of services available to individuals starting with their Pre-Accelerator Program, a three month-long start-up accelerator program that provides a unique platform of services. The services offered in this program include professionally taught pitch trainings to help entrepreneurs learn how to present themselves properly in front of potential investors, coaching, a market research team, marketing and accounting support, product development, and access to top international start-up ecosystems along with office space located in the hear of Zurich. Once a startup is matured they can receive support from the Growth Accelerator which assists with things such as financial consulting, branding support, market analysis, business development, exclusive fundraising events, access to legal and tax experts, and leadership and management. The Swiss Start-up Factory is dedicated to helping others find success in their ideas with the help of a robust network of national and international entrepreneurs, mentors, industry start-ups, and investors. Beyond the help listed already, the Swiss Start-up Factory even offers something called the Wenger & Vieli Accelerator which consists of free legal advice for start-ups every second Monday in 20 minute sessions.
The founders of this great incubator Mike Baur along with Max Meister, Oliver Walzer and the rest of their team have been truly dedicated to serving their clients, growing small businesses and expanding new ideas in a way that just hasn’t been done before. And they will continue to invest their time, money, and effort into good ideas to continue strengthening the Swiss ecosystem.