Imagine a team of partners with a great idea for a new product, the confidence that this product would revolutionize their industry, and not having the first clue as to how to make things happen. Creating a product is easy for three engineers, three bakers, or three computer programmers. Knowing how to get that product to its market is more complicated, and a more diverse team is required.
Wouldn’t it be efficient if one could take an idea, place it in an incubator to get it healthy enough to grow, work with a group of talented people who have done this before, and accelerate that business growth? Tools like incubator’s and accelerators do exist in an organization named The Swiss Start-up Factory (SSUF).
Based in Zurich, SSUF first launched in 2014. The founder’s, Mike Baur, Max Meister, and Oliver Walzer, wanted to provide opportunities for promising digital entrepreneurs. The Start-up Factory is a privately funded accelerator program offering unprecedented support to new entrepreneurs in the digital technology industry.
SSUF gives their protégé’s a three-month program with a platform they will need to move forward. The unique and useful platform includes needed services, available mentoring, a network of support people, and office space in an environment designed to help them reach their goals.
After earning one MBA from the University of New York Rochester and another from the University of Bern Mike Baur began his career as an apprentice in the private banking industry. He worked hard, observed and learned obsessively, and eventually became an executive board member of a huge and influential Swiss bank.
The experiences Mike had in the Swiss banking industry got him thinking about helping others build their businesses. He one day answered the siren’s call of the entrepreneurial world, and The Swiss Start-up Factory has grown into the number one business accelerator in Switzerland.
Mike also devotes significant time to working with the Swiss youth entrepreneurship program as supports them as a mentor and financially. Mr. Baur demonstrates a passion for helping others achieve their goals and as a secondary consequence helps the local economies where his mentee’s do business. Mike Baur is getting the attention and respect of his peers and anyone else who knows his story.