CTI Invest Partners with Swiss Startup Factory

Mike Baur was born and raised up in Fribourg, Switzerland, an area with which he is still firmly connected. As a youth, Mr. Baur had an interest in the subject of banking and financing. Today, he takes pride in making his childhood desires as his profession. Mike started his career as a commercial apprentice at UBS before his way up as a board member of the Swiss Private Bank.


At the age of 39, Mr. Baur teamed up with his two business partners to start Swiss Startup Factory, the largest, sovereign ICT startup accelerator in Switzerland. Throughout his career, Mike Baur invests a substantial portion of his practice to support Swiss startups financially and as a mentor. He attended the University of Bern and Rochester University to pursue a degree in Business Administration and Executive MBA respectively.


CTI’s new partnership


At the last Swiss Venture Day, Jean-Pierre Vuilleumier announced that CTI Invest would collaborate with Swiss Startup Factory to advance the Swiss startup ecosystem. The two accelerators will work together on startup acceleration and co-organizing events. Already, they have unveiled a website that features Swiss startups’ videos and podcasts. The collaborative efforts commence on January 1st, 2016 to advance the Swiss startup ecosystem.


Upon the start of the partnership, Mike Baur will assume the mantle of CTI’s Deputy Managing Director while Jean-Pierre Vuilleumier becomes a managing partner of Swiss Startup Factory. Mike Baur is foreseen as the successor of Jean-Pierre as the Managing Director of CTI Invest. Swiss Startup Factory will support startups acceleration and co-organizing events under the brand Swiss Startup Training. Conversely, CTI Invest will offer support during the pre-selection process and Swiss startup accelerator program. As both CTI Invest and Swiss Startup Factory are certified lean facilitators, the partnership will adapt the lean concept.


About Swiss Startup Factory


It is a Zurich-based startups accelerator looking forward to empowering thriving digital entrepreneurs. Today, Swiss Startup Factory runs a training program with unique platforms of services such as mentoring, extended professional network, financing, and shared office space in Zurich.


About CTI Invest


It is the Swiss leading financing platform for ICT startups. CTI Invest has over 100 members. It specializes in organizing networking events, education events, and matchmaking events such as the Swiss Venture Day. Most recently, CTI Invest has published a 7th edition of the Swiss Venture Guide. After more than ten years of financing Swiss startups, CTI Invest has issued an evaluation report indicating its commitment to advancing the Swiss startup ecosystem.

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