Group Management

Our management team consists of dedicated people with a diverse set of venture experience and backgrounds. As unique as we are individually, we share a mutual passion for the startup business and for doing excellent work for our shareholders and investments. Get to know our management team below.

Mike Baur


Mike Baur is a Swiss venture investor and entrepreneur. He worked in private banking for almost 20 years before starting his entrepreneurial journey in 2015 by co-founding the Swiss Startup Factory with Max Meister and Oliver Walzer. Mike is one of the top 100 «Digital Shapers» in Switzerland. He holds an MBA from the University of Rochester New York as well as an Executive MBA from the University of Berne.

Oliver Walzer


As COO of the group, Oliver Walzer takes care of governance, finance, legal and more. His degrees in engineering and computer science first led him to be CTO of Switzerland’s most popular community platform and then to found an online marketplace for services. In 2012 he Co-founded Incuray, an early stage incubator that later became the Swiss Startup Factory accelerator.

Max Meister

Swiss Startup Capital

Max Meister is in the board of directors of the Swiss Startup Group, Co-founder of the Factory and a General Partner at Swiss Startup Capital. With his background in business administration and strategic consulting, he founded companies like BV4 Ltd, Diplomero and Moveagain. Today, he mentors startups, serves in the boards of several companies and gives lectures at a university.

Simon Koch

Swiss Startup Factory

Simon Koch is the CEO of the Swiss Startup Factory and former Chief of Staff of the Swiss Startup Group. Before joining the company, he co-founded a rural electrification startup in East Africa, later running its operations as a COO. Today, he is the director of the Center for Corporate Venturing Switzerland (CCVS) and co-founder of SANAPA, the largest monthly day party in Switzerland.