Mike Baur is a Swiss-based entrepreneur behind the success of a series of IT startups. Currently, he serves as Swiss Startup Factory’s managing partner. Mr. Baur has over 20 years of experience in banking and finance. He worked at Clariden Leu before leaving for UBS as a commercial apprentice. In 2014, Mr. Baur joined forces with Oliver Walzer and Max Meister to form Swiss Startup Factory. Besides, Mike Baur participated as a jury member at the START Summiteer, a start-up accelerator program sponsored by the University of St Gallen. In 2016, Mr. Baur assumed the mantle of the Deputy Managing Director of CTI Invest after forming a partnership with Swiss Startup Factory. In collaboration with Fintech Fusion, Mr. Baur led Swiss Startup Factory through its accelerator program.
Swiss Startup Factory partners with Fintech Fusion
Mike Baur has announced that Zurich-based Swiss Startup Factory will join forces with Geneva-based Fintech Fusion to develop the Swiss startup ecosystem. The two ICT accelerators join forces to bridge the gap between the French and Swiss startups. Interestingly, Fintech Fusion and Swiss Startup Factory complement one another in their infrastructure and goal orientation. In joining forces, Swiss Startup Factory and Fintech Fusion will collaborate on startup acceleration, mentor network exchange, shared office space, joint events, and during the startup selection process.
According to Guillaume Dubray, the entire world experiences digital transformation. Therefore, Switzerland as a leader in innovation provides excellent conditions for digital entrepreneurs to thrive. Here, startups have access to training platforms, startup hubs, and an extended professional network throughout the nation. With the new partnership, the two accelerators will bring unique and excellent business-driven platforms in the Swiss startup ecosystem.
In response to Mr. Dubray’s comment, Mike Baur said that Switzerland lacks adequate efforts to concentrate its strengths and resources due to linguistic barriers. However, the collaborative efforts between Fintech Fusion and Swiss Startup Factory mark the beginning of a partnership that transcends language and geographical barriers by scrapping off traditional barriers.
About Swiss Startup Factory
Swiss Startup Factory is a Zurich-based accelerator launched in 2014. The startup accelerator looks forward to creating excellent conditions for digital entrepreneurs to thrive. Through an extensive professional network, Swiss Startup Factory offers unique opportunities for Swiss startups around the world. Currently, Swiss Startup Factory runs a three-month-long acceleration program in which they provide a broad spectrum of services such as shared office space in Zurich, startup acceleration, mentoring, and extensive entrepreneurial network across the nation.