The Swiss Startup Factory is a company that accomplishes exactly what its name promises. It is an organization that searches the globe for startups in need of assistance and provides them with the information, advice and funding to get started. They offer skilled mentors and introduce the individuals in the startup to investors that have the ability to launch them further on their way to success. During the three month program the company offers each startup is provided with everything they need to succeed including office space and business coaching.
The company was established in 2014 by co-founders Mike Baur, Oliver Walzer and Max Meister. All three remain with the company today with Baur holding the title of Executive Chairman. Baur handles the financing and fundraising for the organization and works as a mentor with many of the entrepreneurs they accept into the program.
Baur holds a MBA from the University of Rochester in New York and an Executive MBA from the University of Berne. For over two decades Baur worked for major corporations like Clariden Leu and UBS. He initially left the industry to work for himself financing startups on his own until partnering with Meister and Walzer to develop the Swiss Startup Factory. Today Baur continues to work with the organization while also employed as the deputy managing director of CTI.
These companies joined along with many other notable corporations that have partnered with Bauer. Together they strive to reach the goal of aiding digital entrepeneurs around the world as they achieve success with the help of the accelerator program. The Swiss Startup Factory remains the leading independent and privately financed organization of its type in Switzerland. Any startup organization is invited to apply to the program through the Swiss Startup Factory website. Certain restrictions apply, the company focuses on digital startups and the team must be able to attend training workshops in Zurich during at least some of the program.