Mike Baur is the co-founder and CEO of Swiss Startup Company. He earned an executive MBA from the University of Bern, as well as an MBA from the University of Rochester. He started his career as a commercial apprentice at UBS, and fervently worked his way up to being an executive member on a board for a Private Swiss Bank. At the age of 39, after spending about 20 years in Swiss Private Banking, he decided to follow his passion of advocating for Swiss youth entrepreneurship. In 2014, him and two partners established Swiss Startup Factory.
What exactly is Swiss Startup factory? Swiss Startup Factory is a company that provides resources, advice and professional networks to burgeoning Swiss startups. The company provides start-ups with office space, legal advice, access to designers and developers, PR experts, a national and international professional network and other types of advice. There is a three month accelerator program that start-ups can take part in where they receive these services. The three-month-long accelerator program consists of team building sessions, milestone meetings, sales trainings, input sessions (from specialists), iterations (working sessions/prototyping), dinners with sport stars and entrepreneurs and mentor sessions. Swiss Startup factory is available for those who don’t need money, but just need advice. Individuals are not allowed to apply to the program, only groups. This is to encourage the group spirit. Also, only people who are willing to commit full time to the program are accepted.
As one can see, Mike Baur has developed a great tool for success aimed at those who are very serious about their startups. This can be seen in the fact he provides so many tools to startups, as well as the fact that only groups who are willing to commit themselves full time to the accelerator program are accepted into the program. Mike Baur, himself, cannot stress the idea enough that hard work pays off, and that people who expect to be successful without putting in the work will not be successful. What keeps the passion alive in him everyday is seeing his hard work, the hard work of others and the results of such hard work.