Mike Baur was born in Fribourg, Switzerland. He holds two MBA’s one from Rochester University and another from the University of Bern. Baur had an interest in banking and finance even as a teenager. As such, he feels satisfied for making his early passion as his profession. He has worked for Swiss private banking for almost 20 years before making his way up to an executive board member in the banking sector. At the age of 39, Baur partnered with two entrepreneurs to start the Swiss Startup Factory (SSUF). It is the leading privately-financed and independent ICT startup company in Switzerland. Apparently, he is sponsoring several Swiss youth entrepreneurship programs. He also mentors and supports Swiss startups financially.
Information about Swiss Startup Factory
Swiss Startup Factory is a Zurich-based accelerator launched in 2014. It focuses on mentoring and supporting thriving entrepreneurs specializing in digital technologies. Its mission is to provide a professional executive platform for the young, talented entrepreneurs in Switzerland. The platform will guide them through a dedicated and a business-driven path to help them achieve their ambitious milestones. SSUF provides exciting opportunities to its clients through its strong networks that connect entrepreneurs in Switzerland and across the world. The company runs a three-month accelerator program that provides unique services, mentoring, coaching and an office space in Zurich. They also offer an entrepreneurial network to help thriving entrepreneurs achieve their ambitious goals.
Swiss Startup Factory partners with Fintech Accelerator Fusion
Swiss Startup Factory has announced a possible partnership with Geneva-based Fintech Accelerator Fusion. Although the two will partner to benefit Fintech, other ICT programs that will benefit both firms will be included. The partnership builds a unique bridge between French and Swiss-based entrepreneurs. Although Swiss Startups Factory and Fintech Accelerator Fusion are independent, their goal orientation and organizational structure complements each other.
As pointed out by Guillaume Dubray, the Founder of Fintech Fusion, the partnership will foster collaboration between business-driven innovation platforms in Switzerland. Switzerland leads in innovation worldwide. Therefore, it provides excellent conditions for startup and existing entrepreneurs to thrive. Startups and existing entrepreneurs have a broad range of choice for coaching platforms, startup hubs, and development programs. In addition to Dubray’s comment, Mike Baur says that Switzerland lacks adequate efforts to utilize every opportunity due to the language barrier and geographical separation. However, he believes that the partnership will transcend the barriers mentioned above. It will strengthen the Swiss Startup sector by fostering collaboration between startup entrepreneurs.