Mike Baur is a business man of Swiss origin. He worked in banking for close to 20 years before venturing into investing in startup companies. Mike was privileged to work with banks such as Clariden Leu and Sallfort. After leaving the banking industry, he co-founded Swiss Startup Factory in the year 2014 together with Max Meister and Oliver Walzer. Since the founding of the company, Mike has dedicated himself towards raising its ratings. He is currently the deputy managing director of CTI Invest which partnered with Swiss Startup Factory in January 2016.
The Swiss Startup Factory (SSUF) was created in the year 2014. The purpose behind its creation was to come up with companies that are unique and different from other businesses. It mainly works in close collaboration with digital entrepreneurs. The factory was to come up with new business models and products. The company conducts its business through a three-month program that involves stages that will enable startups to reach their goals and objectives. The steps include providing mentorship, financial help, office space, and equipment. Through the factory, startups are given an opportunity to tap into the investor network and access to successful entrepreneurs.
The company develops partnerships with businesses and organizations that are equipped to spearhead startup goals. Some of its partners are Y&R Group Switzerland and Goldbach Group. It also seeks to impact students with entrepreneurial knowledge by working together with academic institutions. To bring out the best in startups, Startup Swiss Factory brings together business executives who act as mentors. Some of the renowned mentors of these startups are Dr. Cem Aydogan, the CEO of PhytoNet, Dave Baucamp, a partner at Kraftoase, Raphael Bienz, the chief executive officer of Blueglass and Roger Baur, the chief executive officer of Netprofit among others. It also works with university professors such as Prof. Samuel Fricker from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland.
To expand its services, Swiss Startup Factory partnered with CTI Invest. This partnership was followed by the appointment of Mike Baur as the deputy managing director of CTI Invest. CTI Invest and Swiss Startup Factory will work together to organize training for startups and the coaching of startups. CTI Invest will act as a financier for Swiss Startups. The Swiss Startup Factory is a big reprieve to many early and young entrepreneurs who are seeking to grow their business and make it in the business world.