Many entrepreneurs out there only think about themselves and how they can become more and more successful. Mike Baur is an exception as his track record shows his dedication to helping other entrepreneurs succeed. Mike is from Fribourg, Switzerland and it is amazing how he has not forgotten where his roots. He has been involved in many entrepreneurship projects to help the Swiss youth. He also supports many startups back in Switzerland by funding them and also mentoring them.
Mike’s entrepreneurship journey started in his teenage years. The subject of Banking and Finance fascinated him more than any other subject. To him, entrepreneurship was not only a profession but also a passion. Today, he is living his dream as a top entrepreneur.
Mike worked in the private banking sector in his home country for almost 20 years. The success he had is evident in the way he managed to rise through the ranks. He started as a commercial apprentice at UBS Wealth Management and ended as an executive board member at Sallfort Privatbank AG, a leading Swiss private bank. He has also worked at Clariden Leu where he served in various positions.
Aged 39, Mike combined efforts with two other partners to launch the Swiss Start-Up Factory, an accelerator based in Zurich, in 2014. At that age, he had garnered enough experience to begin his journey as an entrepreneur and also to help other upcoming entrepreneurs. The company supports young entrepreneurs who specialize in digital technologies. He attended the University of Rochester, New York, where he earned his MBA. He is also a holder of an Executive MBA from the University of Bern.
The Swiss Start-Up Factory
The Swiss Start-Up Factory was founded with an ambitious aspiration of helping many Swiss start-ups grow into global companies capable of impacting the prevailing business norms, models and products. The company has a three-month program that is aimed at providing start-ups at their inception stages with finances, office spaces, coaching, mentoring and to ultimately immerse them into the extensive global entrepreneurial and investor network. This year’s winter program took place from Jan. 18, 2016, to April 15, 2016.
Although it is hardly three years since the company was launched, it has already experienced a significant success. Several other accelerators in Switzerland have since partnered with the company with the aim of making the start-up ecosystem in Switzerland better. The firms that have partnered with the Swiss Start-Up Factory include CTI Invest and Fintech Accelerator Fusion.
Thursday, August 4. 2016
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