The Swiss Start-Up Factory (SSUF) was founded in 2014. It is based in Zurich and looks for thriving digital entrepreneurs. This puts the firm in a position to provide exciting opportunities through its network in Switzerland, and across the globe. The firm runs an accelerator program that is three-month-long in which they offer a unique platform for coaching, services, office space and mentoring in addition to entrepreneurial networks aimed at enabling them achieve their ambitious goals.
The SSUF reflects back on two successful years, in which, it has positioned itself as being an independent and privately financed Swiss Startup Accelerator. After over 1500 startup applications in 2016, the firm, aided by a team of 50 expert mentors, was able to complete two pending Accelerator batches. Through the co-founding of 10 growing Swiss firms and strategic partnerships with firms such as Goldbach Group, AMAG, Red Bull Media House, and Helvetia, the SSUF is currently well positioned to move on to the next development stage.
The SSUF’s Advisory Board actively offers support to the Accelerator in strategic topics, which is something that has been designed to open doors to various key stakeholders. Through the year, the firm aims at strengthening the Advisory Board by providing additional members.
Mike Baur, who is the co-founder and executive chairman of SSUF, points out of how pleased they are in winning high-profile personalities for their cause. According to Baur, the commitment of the experts proves that the firm has been doing a great job over the previous two years. He adds that the commitment also shows that they are trusted with their ability to play an important role in a startup scene in the next few years, and not only in Switzerland, but also globally.
About Mike Baur
Mike Baur roots are deep-seated in Fribourg, Switzerland, a region that he still associates with dearly. As a teen, he was captivated with matters of banking and finance. This was such a satisfaction; having to create a profession out of his childhood passion. Mike did spend almost two decades in Private Banking. He was able to ascend up the career ladder from an apprentice to a policymaking official.
At the turn of 39 years, Baur had begun his journey as an entrepreneur and co-founded the SSUF that is currently ranked as the leading autonomous and privately funded Swiss Startup Accelerator. Mike is an alumnus of Rochester University where he obtained his MBA, he also schooled at University of Berne and obtained an Executive MBA.