Describing Mike Baur in one word would be difficult; however, many who know him would insist above all he is a teacher. Witnessing the accomplishments Baur has displayed leads one to believe he is devoted to guiding people to ever higher levels of success.
Baur began his career in the private banking industry equipped with three things; a desire to make big things happen, and an MBA in each hand, one from the University of New York Rochester and one from the University of Bern. As expected by those who knew him, he climbed surefooted up the corporate ladder learning along the way. Eventually, he moved into positions of leadership and as his responsibilities increased so did his ability to make the right choices.
After 20 years in the private banking industry, Mike started feeling like it was time for a change. He felt pulled in the direction of becoming an entrepreneur and made a choice to create a company. Mike and his partners put their brains together and in 2014, launched the Swiss Start-Up Factory (SSUF).
Zurich, Switzerland is the home base of SSUF. Their mission is identifying and recruiting young, ambitious, and thriving digital entrepreneurs who are invited to take part in an accelerator program for three months. The program provides these young people with the type of services that will get them from startup to success. The services include coaching, mentoring, office space, and access to an extensive network created with the goal of helping each member achieve goals.
The SSUF has had an enormous influence on changing the outcome for many startups. Baur and company use their talents to spot people who have a good idea, are filled with the drive to succeed, and a willingness to listen to and follow advice. They find funding opportunities to provide newbies with a sustained flow of resources through each critical phase of growth and learning.
Mike coaches by drawing from his deep well of experience and rewards those willing to put in the time and effort to understand the critical factors that determine success. The rewards are personal and professional growth that often equals profit.
Business has recognized that SSUF provides budding entrepreneurs a platform to turn their idea into a lucrative venture. Instead of becoming one of the millions of small business startups that fail, these students learn how to meet the diverse array of challenges head on with the solutions that lead to a positive outcome. SSUF wins, their students win, and the economy wins.