Posted by LLJ43 | Posted in Business | Posted on 24-10-2016
About Mike Baur
Mike Baur, a Swiss entrepreneur and business man, is the Swiss Startup Factory co-founder and also a managing partner. He has been in banking for more than twenty years and has worked for Clariden Leu and Sallfort. He quit his regular job and started investing in start-up companies then later co-founded the Swiss-Startup Factory with Oliver Walzer, and Max Meister. He took part in a startup pitching contest, the START summiteer, to pitch the Startup Factory. When Swiss Startup Factory partnered with CTI Invest, he was given the position of being a deputy managing director. In 2016, he directed the Swiss-Startup Factory through the accelerator program and also joined forces with Fintech Fusion.
About Swiss Startup Factory
Swiss Startup Factory is an accelerator that is based in Zurich and was launched in 2004. They look for digital entrepreneurs that are thriving and provide exciting opportunities for them through their strong network in Switzerland and around the world. The Swiss-Startup Factory has a three months program that provides unique coaching, services, mentoring, entrepreneurial network and office space in Zurich to help the entrepreneurs meet their goals.
Swiss Startup Factory’s partnership with Fusion
Fusion is a Fintech accelerator that is based in Geneva. Fusion partnered with Swiss Startup Factory early this year. The two accelerators collaborate on the pre-selection of startups, startup acceleration, exchange within the mentorship network, cooperation with universities, and office space for startups.
This partnership aims to bridge the gap between the German part of Switzerland and the French. These accelerators take on startups from their formation stage to prototyping in order for them to smoothly hand over, and test and come up with better entry into the market.
Guillaume Dubray, who is the founder of Fintech Fusion points out that digital transformation is taking place all over. Switzerland, which is a leader in innovation, offers perfect atmosphere for new and existing entrepreneurs to grow. Thus with Swiss Startup Factory his aim is to nurture collaboration between the best innovation platform that is business driven in Switzerland.
Mike Baur, who is the managing director and co-founder of Swiss-Startup Factory also points out that Switzerland lacks proper efforts to concentrate its resources and strengths because of its diversity in language and regional separation. Therefore the partnership transcends these challenges by bringing two independent accelerators together from diverse geographical and linguistic regions. This means that the partnership aims also at fostering collaboration between players from both regions.