Mike Baur is a Swiss entrepreneur and businessman. He co-founded the Swiss Startup Factory in 2014 alongside Max Meister and Oliver Walzer. Before that, he worked in the banking industry for twenty years and invested in numerous startup companies. He is also the co-founder and Director of the Swiss Startup Association. He received his MBA from the University of Rochester and his Executive MBA from the University of Berne.
The Swiss Startup Factory’s mission is to help startup companies become global companies that change norms and typical business models. They run a startup accelerator program that has become the standard for all other like programs around the world. They also provide their startups with any and all services they may need, in the beginning and in the future. They offer a complete service to their services.
The accelerator program aims to take a startup’s ideas to market in three months. The program starts in two batches each year, one in September and one in February. The Swiss Startup Factory selects only the most talented and assists them in building their businesses. The company offers these select talents he services, coaching, mentoring, and office space that they need to succeed.
Each startup that is involved in the accelerator program must pass certain milestones in order to graduate from the program. These milestones are judged by a pre-selected jury which consists of entrepreneurs, founding partners of the Swiss Startup Factory, and industry specialists. The program consists of team building sessions, prototyping, milestone meetings, sales trainings, survival days, mentor sessions, and input sessions given by specialists.
After startups graduate from the accelerator program, the Swiss Startup Factory helps them achieve their business goals. They help the startups determine their barriers and customize services to fit the unique needs of their new business. The startups are teamed up with investors, a business development plan, and a management team to assist them in all aspects of their business.
In addition to their accelerator program, the Swiss Startup Factory initiated the SSUF Female Founder Network that has the goal of building a strong work environment for female entrepreneurs in the country. The Swiss Startup Factory connects female entrepreneurs with each other, open doors to investors and provides them with support throughout their journey to the company’s wide, unique network.
The hope of the SSUF Female Founder Network is to break down barriers within the industry and increase the number of female-founded startups. The company mobilizes a very strong network of female founders and hopes to dramatically increase the number of females that join the SSUF accelerator program.