Mike Baur describes himself as a curious type of person. The 42-year old businessman is the Co-founder and Managing Partner of Swiss Startup Factory. He also serves as chairman.
As someone who deals with new business ventures and startups every day, Mike’s curiosity impacts him heavily. Whether it’s working with his team when generating new ideas or working on various stages of a startup project already in progress, Mike is an energetically curious type of leader. “I feel like a go-go gadget sometimes when I am trying to find new things,” says Mike, in a lighthearted moment.
Swiss Startup Factory is a privately-funded and independent company. The company operates the premier startup accelerator in Switzerland. It is not unusual for Swiss Startup Factory to evaluate upwards of 1,000 applications from entrepreneurs who want to enter the 10-week program. The accelerator program was designed by Mike, and he mentors entrepreneurs during certain phases of the startup process. As a former investment banker, Mike also carries out investment responsibilities for the program.
Mike has a unique leadership style that is based on assisting others to reach their highest business potential. The startup industry is merely a conduit for Mike’s innate ability to connect with people and see their potential for becoming successful. His keen business sense, along with his curiosity, has gained him a reputation for being a business leader who is unafraid of taking risks. He also has a well-deserved reputation for leading Swiss Startup Factory with integrity.
When Mike was asked what qualities entrepreneurs should possess in order to become successful with Swiss Startup Factory or in any business venture, he said that there are five essential qualities. According to Mike, there must be a high level of trust, being undaunted with failure, being able to stay detached from the negative opinions of naysayers, being willing to work harder than ever before and having the ability to be curious enough to take risks while breaking a few rules along the way.
Mike is unapologetic for being a non-traditionalist when it comes to business. “I want to inspire and impact people in Switzerland to start their own startup ideas with the goal to create the next big Swiss companies,” says Mike. He is a regular keynote speaker at many universities as well as small and large companies. As a board member, Mike also participates in Startup Invest events, which recently held its annual Venture Day event on April 18.
Mike Baur is well on his way to accomplishing his goal.