Mike Baur’s Role in Developing the Swiss Startup Ecosystem

Mike Baur is a renowned businessman and entrepreneur born in Fribourg, Switzerland. His interest in working in the banking and financing sectors began as a youth. Today, Mike takes pride in making his childhood passion as his profession. He attended Rochester University and the University of Bern for an MBA and Executive MBA respectively. Upon graduating, he started his career at UBS as a commercial apprentice before making his way up as a board member of the Swiss private banking sector.


Leveraging his extensive background in banking and financing, Mike joined forces with Max Meister and Oliver Walzer to form Swiss Startup Factory. Swiss Startup Factory is the Swiss leading privately-financed and sovereign ICT startup accelerator. At Swiss Startup Factory, Mike Baur invests resources in Swiss startup programs through mentoring and financial aid.


Swiss Startup Factory collaborates with CTI Invest


Starting January 1st, 2016, Mike Baur’s Swiss Startup Factory will join forces with CTI Invest to develop the Swiss startup ecosystem. Upon the merger, Mike Baur will serve as the CTI’s deputy managing director while Jeane-Pierre Vuilleumier, CTI’s managing director will act as the managing partner of Swiss Startup Factory. Mike Baur is foreseen as the successor of the incumbent managing director of CTI Invest, Jean-Pierre. As a strategy to strengthen the relationship between the two startup accelerators, Mr. Vuilleumier will unite Swiss Startup Factory’s team with the appointed managing partners.


Both CTI Invest and Swiss Startup Factory will partner in aspects such as training Swiss startups and co-organizing events. Just recently, they have launched a website that has Swiss startups’ videos and podcasts. Swiss Startup Factory will support CTI Invest co-organize events and train Swiss startups under Swiss startup training program. Training will start in spring 2016.


The officials announced that they would renew the format of the Swiss Venture Day to facilitate simultaneous navigation of tracks in the Lausanne and Zurich events. The event in Zurich focuses on IT whereas Lausanne’s event focuses on life science. Additionally, a Life Science Venture Day will be held in Basel. Since the Swiss Startup Day is subdivided into occasions, it will be extended by half a day. The first day will focus on the largest workshops for startups and end with the Supporter and Investor Dinner.


About Swiss Startup Factory


It is a Zurich-based ICT accelerator looking forward to empowering young digital entrepreneurs in Switzerland. The ICT accelerator has a three-month-long accelerator program comprising of financial aid, training, and extended entrepreneurial network across Switzerland.