Mike Baur’s Effort to Help the Next Generation

Mike Baur is a founding member and managing partner of Swiss Start-Up Factory. Born in Switzerland, Baur had no idea how successful he would become. He has always had a fascination with banking and finance. Naturally, as he got older, he pursued a career in the banking.

He spent nearly two decades working for private banks. He started out as a commercial apprentice at UBS and worked his way up to become an executive board member of one of the largest private banks in Switzerland.

At age 39, Mike Baur co-founded Swiss Start-Up Factory with two partners, Max Meister and Oliver Walzer. Together, they made SSUF the top startup supporter in the country. Baur took especial interest in working with young entrepreneurs. He ensured that SSUF supported startups financially and in an advisory capacity. Since 2014, Swiss Start-Up Factory has become the number one independent and privately financed startup accelerator.

Every year since its founding, SSUF hosts a conference in which young entrepreneurs get a chance to meet and greet some of Switzerland’s top professionals. The event showcases the various perks of being about of the SSUF’s many programs. These events also host a number of speakers. This year, there are three speakers: Lino Guzzella, Laurent Vanbever, and Ankit Singla.

Lino Guzzella is President of ETH Zurich. He’s also a professor of thermotronics. He earned his doctoral degree in mechanical engineering at ETH Zurich. Before pursuing his academic career, he worked in research and development at Sulzer and Hilti Corporation. In the early nineties, he left the professional world and began furthering his education. In 1993, he was appointed assistant professor at ETH Zurich.

The second speaker, Laurent Vanbever, is an Assistant Professor at ETH Zurich. Unlike Guzzella, Vanbever has never stopped pursuing education. Before being appointed assistant professor, he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Princeton University. He even has a Ph.D. in Computer Science, which he got from the University of Louvain. He has several research interests that cross between theory and practice.

The last speaker is Ankit Singla. He joined ETH Zurich in 2016. He is also an Assistant Professor, but he works in the Department of Computer Science. Like Vanbever, Singla has a Ph.D. in Computer Science, but he earned his at the University of Illinois. He also has a Bachelor’s in Technology.


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