In 2014, at the age of 39, Mike Baur looked back on his twenty-year career in the Swiss Private Banking industry and concluded the time was right for a change. He was feeling ambitious, wanted to call the shots, and wanted to help new businesses get off the ground and grow. He knew the only way to do this was to enter the entrepreneurial world. Mike and his two partners, Max Meister and Oliver Walzer, co-founded the Swiss Start-Up Factory (SSUF).
SSUF is based in Zurich and seeks digital entrepreneurs. Their mission is to work with these startups and grow them into global companies that disrupt and replace traditional existing business models. The vision of SSUF is to create a premier startup accelerator program that provides the fledgling companies every service they need to get to the top. New businesses begin the process by applying for a spot at SSUF.
After applying and being accepted into the program, startups are put on a path to move their ideas to market in three months. They accomplish their goals by using one to one mentoring, creating a collaborative work environment, and focusing on learning from the experience available through the network of experts. After moving through the accelerator and achieving success as a global organization, these companies, in turn, become part of the system.
In addition to SSUF, Mr. Baur also gives a portion of his time and effort mentoring Swiss youth entrepreneurs, and he is the Director of the Swiss Startup Association. Mike believes in the power of helping people grow personally and professionally. His theory is that helping others to find success creates opportunities by pushing whole economies in the direction that benefits everyone.
Mike’s educational credentials include an MBA from the University of Rochester New York and an Executive MBA from the University of Berne. After college, Mike began working in the banking and finance industry and quickly moved into positions of increased responsibility where he gained valuable experience.
Mr. Baur and his wife also believe in contributing to the community via charity. For example, in 2014 they donated $1 million to build the Center for Student Success at High Point University North Carolina where their child was attending at the time. Clearly, Mike Baur has a passion for helping others succeed.