Mike Baur was born in Fribourg, Switzerland. As a teenager, Baur had interest for Banking and Finance. Today, he takes pride in making his early passion as his profession. Mike worked in the Swiss Private Banking for almost 20 years before his way up as an executive in the Swiss Corporate Banking sector. In 2014 at the age of 39, Mike teamed up with his two business partners in establishing Swiss Startup Factory, a leading privately-financed and independent ICT startup in Switzerland. He holds a degree in Business Administration from Rochester University as well as an Executive MBA from Bern University.

Meanwhile, Swiss Startup Factory has announced a partnership with Geneva-based Fintech Accelerator. They build a unique bridge between French and Swiss German in Switzerland accelerators. Both Swiss Startup Factory and Fusion Fintech complement each other in basic setup and orientation. The accelerators will assist Swiss startups from prototyping stage to help them move smoothly to beta testing and market entry. Although the partnership focuses on Fintech, other ICT topics will be incorporated. In collaboration, the accelerators will partner on the startup acceleration, pre-selection process, joint events, and shared office space for startups.

As pointed out by Fintech Fusion’s founder, Guillaume Dubray, the digital transformation is everywhere in the world. As a leader in innovation, Switzerland has excellent conditions for existing and startup entrepreneurs to thrive. Here, startups have access a range of development programs such as Startup Hubs and training platforms. In partnership with Fintech Fusion, the Swiss Startup Factory focuses on fostering collaboration between startups in Switzerland.

In addition to Mr. Dubray’s statement, Mike Baur said that the partnership transcends barriers by linking the two accelerators from different linguistics and locations. He added that Switzerland often lacks effective efforts to concentrate its strengths and resources due to linguistic and diversity barriers. The partnership marks the beginning of strengthening the Swiss startup environment by promoting collaboration between regional players. The SSUF partnership will start on 18th January 2016 and end on 15th of April 2016.

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About Swiss Startup Factory

Located in Zurich, Swiss Startup Factory is the leading accelerator supporting Swiss-based digital entrepreneurs. At Swiss Startup Factory, startups access free training and extended professional network in Switzerland and across the world. The firm runs a three month-long startup accelerator program with a spectrum of services such as training, mentoring, and an office space in Zurich. Besides, Swiss Startup Factory helps startups to build successful businesses.