Mike Baur is a Swiss entrepreneur and businessman who have co-founded the Swiss Startup Factory; a company who is dedicated in helping small startups grows. He is also a managing partner of the company and has been pushing them to the top. Prior to establishing the Swiss Startup Factory, Mike Baur worked in the banking industry for more than 20 years, and some of the companies that we worked for were UBS (Union Bank of Switzerland) and Clariden Leu. He found a better opportunity waiting for him being an entrepreneur versus being an employee, so he decided to quit his job and begin investing in small startup companies. He would later establish the Swiss Startup Factory along with his colleagues, Max Meister and Oliver Walzer. The company was established in 2014, and they managed to grow shortly after their foundation. Mike Baur is also active in promoting startups, being a jury member at a startup pitching contest called START Summiteer at the University of St. Gallen. In 2016, Swiss Startup Factory partnered with CTI, another firm dedicated to business growth, and they have assigned Mike Baur to become the deputy director. The company also signed partnership agreements with several financial institutions, including the Goldback Group and Fintech Fusion, and Mike Baur has led the Swiss Startup Factory into several accelerator programs that would help their clients attain their goals in a shorter period of time.
Swiss Startup Factory focuses on create global companies which do not follow the traditional norm of handling a business. Their main product and business is a three month program that provides startups which are in the early stage with financing services, maintenance services, coaching services, mentoring services, office space, and an access to a large network of entrepreneurs and investors. The services being offered by the Swiss Startup Factory are divided into four main groups: Pre accelerator Services, Growth Accelerator Services, Wenger and Vieli Law Accelerator Services, and Digital Business Strategy. Pre Accelerator Services would provide small startups with professional training and coaching, a dedicated market research team, an expert IT and accounting support, a product development team, and an access to the top international startup community. Growth Accelerator Services, on the other hand, are for businesses that have grown from being a small startup, and they include an access to finance, business development and leadership management as their main services. The second accelerator services also include a talented pool of support for networking, IT, accounting, consulting, law, administration, and PR among others. Wenger and Vieli Law Accelerator is a law firm that has been a partner of Swiss Startup Factory since 2014, and they provide services for legal concerns. Last is the Digital Business Strategy, which offers services that includes an analysis of customer needs, goal definition and staffing, and finally, solution.