Mike Baur is the founding brains behind the Swiss Start-up Factory (the Factory), based in Zurich, Switzerland. With his more than 20 years of banking experience in the Swiss Bank system, Baur focuses on the financing rounds and fund raising for the Factory. The Factory lifted off the launching pad in 2014 and is an accelerator program for digital entrepreneurs. The Factory provides assistance to new and experienced entrepreneurs utilizing the Factory network throughout the world.
Through Mike Baur’s leadership, the Factory offers a three month program that provides entrepreneurs a platform of services including mentoring, coaching and office space. The Factory provides incentives to succeed by helping to establish ambitious and aggressive goals and showing the entrepreneur how to set the stepping stones in place to achieve goals and ultimately success.
Baur has a well rounded educational background to support his entrepreneurial and business ambitions. He earned a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Rochester and an Executive MBA from the University of Berne. His banking experience began as a commercial apprentice at UBS and continued as an Executive Board member for several large Swiss private banks. He set upon the entrepreneurial path when he founded the Factory and it quickly became an independent start-up accelerator.
Not only does Baur invest in a start-up financially, but he also invests a great deal of time with the entrepreneurs. He gives the start-up’s first hand mentoring and advice and offers encouragement when the road looks to be rough and rocky. He demonstrates it is possible to achieve success with hard work, focus and determination. In addition, Baur is also involved with the Swiss Start-up Association. He is the co-founder of the organization, as well as the Director.
Baur takes his entrepreneurship seriously as he works to help others benefit from his experience. He finds it important to help others, as he has been the recipient of help mover the years. He has worked hard to define his focus and learn as much from his mistakes as from his successes. Entrepreneurship is important to society, as it provides out of the box thinkers a forum and path to create products and start companies. As companies grow, the economy in turn increases from the sale of products and job creation. Entrepreneurship may seem like a small cog in the over-all picture, but it is an important part of the over-all picture and one that Mike Baur endorses heartily.