Mike Baur began in the financial industry 20 years ago as a Banker. He is now the CEO and co-founder of Swiss Start up Factory (SSUF) in Fribourg, Switzerland. Using his most-valuable asset, which is an extraordinary passion, for success, Mike Baur embarked on a journey that led to becoming an entrepreneur.
Swiss Start up Factory began, in 2014, around the concept of mentoring high-achieving business developers and equipping them with the resources needed to become successful. As a successful businessman, Mike Baur determined that he could offer more to those who had a passion and drive to pursue their business goals.
Starting at age 39, Mike designed one of the most-impressive accelerator programs to bring innovative and creative entrepreneurs together, and branch them with investors, coaches and financial resources. The program lasts, for three-months, and provides office space to also allow entrepreneurs the foundation to build their business and utilize SSUF’s technological advances. SSUF has become the predominant startup within Switzerland. The company remains independently funded and privately owned, which means there is less of traditional business models that need to be adhered to. For Mike Baur, that is an added benefit since his level of business operations can be anything but traditional. Mike believes in a great deal of risk-taking, and he brings his level of excitement to the program.
Mike Baur believes in a team environment that participates in all stages of developing a startup company. Mike is known for working hard and believes everyone on his team should come with the same enthusiasm to remain committed through all phases of the program. SSUF operates at a full-throttle pace and Mike’s passion is at the fore-front as the company’s leader and motivator. Mike’s passion is the driving force, for building the right teams and creating a collaborative environment. In addition, the program offers expert pitch training, a network of provider’s and one to one mentoring, which Mike also supports.
Mike Baur is not a typical CEO, and he is not a traditional businessman. What makes Mike unique in the most positive way is the ability of bringing creative ideas together, pulling the drive and passion from entrepreneurs along with his team, and positioning them in a direction to succeed using innovative decisions. While most CEO’s are engaged with stakeholders, Mike is making finance rounds, for fundraising to support the next great business venture.