Born in Fribourg, Switzerland, Mike Baur is a renowned entrepreneur with interest in supporting Swiss startups. As early as a youth, Mike was fascinated with the subject of Banking and Finance. As such, he is proud for making his youthful desire as his career. After graduating with MBA from Rochester University as well as an Executive MBA from Bern University, Mike Baur started working in the Swiss Private Banking. Here, he served as a commercial apprentice at UBS before his way up as an executive board member of Swiss Private Bank.
With an extensive experience in Finance and Banking, Mike partnered with his two business partners in 2014 to establish the Swiss Startup Factory (SSF). SSF is the Switzerland’s largest privately-financed and sovereign ICT startup accelerator. Under Mike’s helm, Swiss Startup Factory invests adequate time in the Swiss startup programs through mentoring and financial support.
About Swiss Startup Factory
SSF is a Zurich-based startup accelerator launched in 2014. The startup accelerator looks forward to supporting thriving technology entrepreneurs by providing job opportunities and extending their professional networks throughout Switzerland and across the world. Besides, SSF runs a three-month-long training program for Swiss startups. Additionally, it provides an extensive entrepreneurial network to help Swiss startups to achieve their ambitious goals.
Meanwhile, Jean-Pierre Vuilleumier, the Managing Director of CTI Invest announced at Swiss Venture day that they would collaborate with SSF. CTI Invest is a leading financing institution for Switzerland-based innovative startups. He said that both SSF and CTI Invest would work together on co-organizing events and startup acceleration to further develop the Swiss startup ecosystem.
Mike Baur, the co-founder of Swiss Startup Factory, would be appointed as CTI’s deputy managing director and is foreseen as the successor of the current CTI’s Managing Director, Jean-Pierre Vuilleumier. As a long-term strategy to strengthen the relationship between Swiss Startup Factory and CTI Invest, Jean-Pierre Vuilleumier would be appointed as the Managing Partner of the Swiss Startup Factory. The two companies will collaborate on the pre-selection process and training Swiss startups. Currently, they have unveiled a public website with Swiss Startups’ videos and podcasts. SSF will be responsible for supporting CTI Invest in co-organizing events such as Swiss Startup Day and startups acceleration under Swiss Startup Training program. As both SSF and CTI invest are certified as Lean Facilitators, the partnership will adopt the lean concept.