Mike Baur was born in Fribourg, Switzerland in the 1970’s. He had a love for banking and financing even when he was a teenager. Mike Baur is a co-founder and managing partner of Swiss Startup Factory. Swiss Startup Factory was established in 2014 when Mike was 39 years old. It is based in Zurich, Switzerland and is independently financed and privately owned. Swiss Startup Factory was the first of its kind in Switzerland and offers digital opportunities for young entrepeneurs by providing a three month program that includes coaching, mentoring and office space. Mike Baur was employed within the banking industry for over twenty years when he decided to change his career path and begin investing in startup companies. While in banking Mike worked his way up from commercial apprentice to an executive board member at a large Swiss private bank. Mike Baur co-founded Swiss Startup Factory with Max Meister and Oliver Walzer. Max Meister has experience in the field of strategic management consulting and is currently responsible for the accelerator process at Swiss Startup. Oliver Walzer is the CIO at Swiss Startup. Mike is responsible for the financing rounds and the fundraising at Swiss Startup Factory. CTI invest named Mike the deputy managing director when Swiss Startup Factory partnered with them (CTI) in January of 2016. CTI Invest is a platform of financial specialists and speakers who offer consultation services. The University of St. Gallen hosts a start-up pitching contest referred to as the START Summitteer and Mike Bauer had the opportunity to participate as a jury member for this event. Swiss Startup Factory offered a accelerator program with the Goldback Group that Mike led. Goldbach Group is a network for electronic communication and logistics solutions. The Wall Street Journal featured a profile on Mike Baur in December of 2016 covering his early banking career and his investments in start-ups. Mike earned a MBA from the University of Rochester in New York and a Executive MBA from the University of Berne. One main goal of Swiss Startup Factory is to take new startup companies and turn them into global companies and make them business models for up and coming startups.