How Mike Baur’s Swiss Startup Factory is Helping Startups in Europe and Around the World

With recent technological innovations and the rapid development of start-ups into fortune 500 companies, more people are beginning to see the importance of having an accelerator. Accelerators play a crucial role in identifying a business with a huge potential and providing all the necessary tools and resources needed to grow that business.

One such accelerator in Swiss Startup Factory located in the heart of Zurich. The company was co-founded by Mike Baur and has managed to attract many startup companies. Mike Baur worked in Swiss banking for over twenty years, but he quit and started to invest in startup businesses. In 2014, he partnered with Oliver Walzer and Max Meister to form Swiss Startup Factory. Mike Baur was influential when Swiss Startup Factory was undergoing its accelerator program which was facilitated in 2016 by Goldback Group.

Mike Baur is responsible for raising funds and financing all the prospects in the accelerator program. Through his experience in banking and financial world, he has managed to attract a good number of investors who channel funding to the company. The money is then used to help the companies undergoing its accelerator program grow.

Mike holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Finance and Banking from the University of Applied Sciences in Bern. He also has an M.B.A from the University of Rochester and an Executive M.B.A from the University of Bern. His background studies in finance and banking allowed him to work in several financial institutions such as UBS Wealth Management, Cladiren Leu, and Sallfort Privatbank AG.

Ever since he left the banking industry and decided to work with startups, Mike has been able to take up leadership positions on several companies on the same mission. He has worked as the Vice President of Innovation Lab Fribourg, an organization that supports and empowers students in different fields of study. He is also the co-founder of Swiss Startup Association, which is an organization that speaks for startup businesses. He is also the Deputy Managing Director of Swiss Startup Invest, a company that lends a financial platform for startup businesses.

Other than running his company, he also occasionally does public speaking and giving out tips on how to start and manage a startup business.


Mike Baur – Supporting and Growing Switzerland’s Entrepreneurs

Mike Baur is a shrewd businessman and entrepreneur with a business model that is designed to uplift his fellow entrepreneurs. He is the Co-founder and executive chair of Swiss Startup Factory. He is also an experienced banker with a deep knowledge of finance.

Here is a closer look at the man set on accelerating ICT business growth in Switzerland.

Education and Career Background

Mike Baur attended the University of Rochester New York and University of Berne where he received his MBA and Executive MBA respectively. His career started out in 1994 in the private banking industry. He started off as a commercial apprentice at UBS and worked his way up the ranks to become an executive board member of one of the largest Swiss banks.

Baur’s career as a private banker spans almost 20 years, and he has acquired great expertise in financing within that period. However, he retired from the profession in 2014 and ventured into entrepreneurship. He founded the Swiss Startup factory together with two of his friends.

Swiss Startup Factory

Swiss Startup Factory is the first privately financed and independent ICT startup accelerator in Switzerland. It helps ICT startup companies establish themselves in the country’s growing and competitive ICT market through several services.

For starters, Swiss Startup Factory provides financing to ICT startups during their early stages. As a banker and investor, Mike Baur enjoys a strong network of investors who are always ready to back a promising business.

The company also aids by providing resources such as office space which are necessary to get the business up and running. In particular, their model of co-working spaces is not only affordable but also convenient especially for ICT entrepreneurs. The close working spaces make it easier for entrepreneurs to exchange ideas and collaborate to accelerate their companies’ growth. The working places also feature amenities such as in-house film studios, lunch rooms, Wi-Fi, storage rooms, and conference rooms.

Swiss Startup Factory also provides coaching and mentoring services to ICT startups at their very first stages of development. Mike Baur and his partners are successful entrepreneurs who are more than qualified to advise young entrepreneurs. They also maintain strong networks with other entrepreneurs and business coaches with in-depth knowledge of the country’s and region’s ICT market.

Finally, the company also provides accounting and financial services including general services such as invoice management, bookkeeping, VAT reporting, financial statements, and cash flow reports. There are also customized packages designed to suit specific user preferences.

Geneva-based Fintech Fusion Joins Forces with Swiss Startup Factory

Background of Mike Baur

Mike Baur was born in Fribourg, Switzerland. He became fascinated with the subject of finance and banking at a tender age. Today, Mike takes pride in making his childhood passion as his career. He started working at commercial apprentice at UBS before transiting to an executive board member of a leading Swiss Private Bank. He has nearly two decades of experience in Swiss Private Banking.


While at the age of 39, Mike Baur teamed up with Oliver Walzer and Max Meister to establish the leading sovereign and privately-financed ICT Swiss startup accelerator, Swiss Startup Factory. Besides, Mike would spend a lot of time to mentor the Swiss youth entrepreneurship while supporting Swiss startups financially. He holds an Executive MBA from Bern University and an MBA from Rochester University, New York.


Swiss Startup Factory and Geneva-based Fintech Fusion announced that they would commence a close cooperation to accelerate the Swiss startup ecosystem. The Geneva-based Fintech Fusion and Zurich-based Swiss Startup Factory complement one another in their structural setup and goal orientation. In joining forces, the two organization will support each other on startup acceleration, pre-selection process, joint ventures, exchange mentor network, share office space for startups, and cooperate with universities.


According to Guillaume Dubray, the founder, and CEO of Fintech Fusion, digital transformation is everywhere. Therefore, Switzerland as a leader in innovation provides excellent conditions for market entrants and existing businesses to excel. With the new partnership, the Zurich-based Swiss Startup Factory will join the leading business-driven platforms in Switzerland.


In response to Dubray’s comment, Mike Baur said that Switzerland lacks adequate efforts to utilize its strengths and resources due to geographical separation and language barriers. However, by bringing the efforts of two independent accelerators, Switzerland transcends barriers created by geographical separation and linguistic diversity. Mike added that the partnership marks the beginning of strengthening the Swiss startup ecosystem by going past language and geographical barriers.


About Swiss Startup Factory


Founded in 2014, Swiss Startup Factory is a startup accelerator based in Zurich, Switzerland. It looks forward to mentoring and offer financial aid to the thriving digital entrepreneurs in Switzerland. Currently, the accelerator runs a three-month-long startup training program with a broad spectrum of services such as mentoring, financial aid, office space in Zurich, and an extensive professional network.




Davos REG launches the Davos CAP Calculator

Pablo Bausili and Gerard Gonzalez, the two Executive Directors of Davos REG, announced the launch of the company’s new mobile application, Davos CAP calculator. The application will be available to the company’s clientele. Davos REG is a real estate oriented company that works independently under Davos Financial Group.

At the launch of the mobile app, David Osio, the CEO of Davos Financial Group, stated that Gonzalez played an instrumental role, pushing for the creation of the application. He goes on to explain that the application’s launch pushes the company towards achieving its main objective. The company strives to identify the needs of each client personally, and address them.

Gonzalez teamed up with professional technologists to create the application. He states that the mobile application has a high level of innovation, which will allow investors to clearly visualize and evaluate their financial status when purchasing a property. As at now, the application can only be supported by the iOS and android smartphone platforms only. Gonzales, however, puts is clear that the company’s clients should expect other apps that complement the Davos CAP Calculator. In addition to this, the company has launched numerous other projects that look to improve service delivery.

With this application, real estate agents under Davos REG will be able to track how their investment property appreciates. It is smart in that it considers the expenses too.

Davos REG is a real estate company that is a subsidiary of Davos Financial Group. The Group has many other subsidiaries, with their main areas of operation being Venezuela and Latin America. Strategic partnerships have also been developed.


About David Osio

David’s stellar career began in 1981, when he was appointed to manage a program in coffee export as the CEO. The company was known as OPED Enterprise. After this, the profound entrepreneur bagged an executive position to structure market programs for LETCO Commercial Companies. He managed programs across the entire country well, His unending efforts is probably what caused him to move to higher ranks at LETCO.

The Catholic University Andre Bello graduate went on to play various managerial roles in different companies, before deciding to start his own. In 1993, he founded the Davos Financial Group, to which he is currently the CEO.

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