Originally founded as Incuray AG in 2012, and relaunched in 2014, the Swiss Start-Up Factory is an independent accelerator based in Zurich, Switzerland. It looks for thriving entrepreneurs from the digital sector and provides them with opportunities through its strong entrepreneurial network; with the goal of taking their startups and transforming them into global companies that upset the established norms, products, and business models.
The Swiss Start-Up Factory runs a 90 day-long start-up accelerator program which, on the one hand, looks to be the global gold standard for all other accelerator programs. On the other, provides any startup all the services they need. It is a 360° service platform which facilitates a diversity of services, financing, coaching, mentoring and, among others, office space. All this, as an in-depth customized service package which assists startups in all its processes to ensure their growth.
The company also has the Female Founder Network initiative which works to build a solid ecosystem for female entrepreneurs. It serves as an intermediary between female founders, and opens doors to personal mentors, angel investors, and provides continual support. Its members are committed to providing the needed resources to create a strong environment for female entrepreneurs.
Its partners include: PayPal, a worldwide online payments system; Fit Zone, a personal fitness company; Martha’s Salad, a health focused nutrition company; as well as other companies, such as Admire and Arosa.
Its founder, Mike Baur, is a former banker at Clariden and Sallfort whose fascination with the subject of Banking & Finance dates back to his adolescence. This makes his fortune to be able to turn his early passion into his profession, a great satisfaction. He spent nearly two decades in Swiss Private Banking and worked his way, from an apprentice at UBS to an executive board member of a sizable Swiss Private Bank.
Mike started his journey as an entrepreneur in 2014, and founded, together with two partner, the Swiss Start up Factory which is today the top independent and privately financed ICT Startup Accelerator in Switzerland.
Mike is a mentor to the Swiss youth, invests a lot of time in their entrepreneurial endeavors, and supports various startups financially. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science, Banking and Finance, from the University of Applied Sciences Bern; an Executive Master of Business Administration from the University of Bern; and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Rochester New York.