Swiss Startup Factory Joins Forces with CTI Invest to Further Develop the Swiss Startup Ecosystem

Mike Baur’s background

Mike Baur is a Zurich-based businessman and entrepreneur. He is the co-owner and managing partner of Swiss Startup Factory, an IT startup accelerator based in Zurich, Switzerland. Mr. Baur has over two decades of experience in the banking sector. He worked for UBS and Clariden Leu before starting Swiss Startup Factory. In 2014 at the age of 39, Mr. Baur teamed with Oliver Walzer and Max Meister to start Swiss Startup Factory, a company that invests in startup companies. Besides, Mr. Baur served as a jury member of START Summiteer, a startup contest of St Gallen University.

SSF partners with CTI Invest

As of January 1st, 2016, Swiss Startup Factory will start a close cooperation with CTI Invest, the leading financing platform for startups in Switzerland. The partnership will further develop the Swiss startup ecosystem. Mike Baur, the founding partner of SSF, assumes the mantle of deputy managing director of CTI Invest. He is seen as the successor of the current CTI Invest’s Managing Director, Jeane-Pierre Vuilleumier. In a move to strengthen the relationship between SSF and CTI Invest, Vuilleumier will serve as managing partner of the Swiss Startup Factory.

Areas of specialization

CTI Invest and SSF will cooperate in different initiatives such as training Swiss startups and co-organizing events. Already, the two organizations have unveiled a website with Swiss Startups’ videos and podcasts. Since CTI Invest and SSF are Playing Lean Facilitators, the Lean Concept will be adopted. CTI Invest is responsible for co-organizing the Demo Days of the Swiss Startup Factory as well as supporting its initiatives through mentoring and coaching.

About CTI Invest

With over 100 members, CTI Invest is the leading financier of Swiss Startups. The firm organizes Networking events, Match Making events, and educational events to mentor and train Swiss startups. Apparently, CTI Invest has published the 7th edition of Swiss Venture Guide. After supporting the private association for ten years, CTI Invest released an evaluation report that concluded that it is a key actor of the Swiss startup ecosystem.

About Swiss Startup Factory

Launched in 2014, SSF is the leading and independently financed startup accelerator in Switzerland. SSF looks forward to empowering thriving digital entrepreneurs through mentoring and financial support. SSF runs a three-month-long training program that provides a spectrum of services such as mentoring, funding, coaching, and office space in Zurich. Furthermore, the program creates an extensive entrepreneurial network across Switzerland.