Swiss businessman and entrepreneur Mike Baur is Swiss Startup Factory’s co-founder and managing partner. The company is Switzerland’s leading privately owned new business incubator. Mike Baur spent more than 20 years working in the banking industry. Ever since he was a child, Baur wanted a career in banking and financial services. A very bright and driven young man, he earned a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in banking and finance from the University of Applied Sciences Bern. He then went on to Universität Bern where he got an Executive MBA. Baur also got an MBA from the University of Rochester.
Mike Baur began his business career at UBS where he was hired as a commercial apprentice. After spending several years there, Baur accepted a position at the famed financial institution Clariden Leu. In all, Mike Baur ended up spending over two decades in banking and financial services. By age 39 he had become a board member at one of the top financial institutions in Switzerland. He seemed to have a long and illustrious career in banking ahead of him. Instead, in 2014 Baur retired from the banking industry, joined with his friends Oliver Walzer and Max Meister, co-founded Swiss Startup Factory and began investing in the development of startup companies.
In addition to his work with Swiss Startup Company, Baur also participates in a number of other programs designed to help young entrepreneurs. He participated in the University of St Gallen’s start-up pitching contest called StART Summiteer as a jury member. Baur also was CTI Invest’s deputy managing director and worked with the Goldback Group’s accelerator program as well as with Fintech Fusion. At Swiss Startup Factory Baur and his team use a three month program to teach young entrepreneurs about the things they need to establish their businesses.
The program teaches entrepreneurs about financing, accounting, marketing, taxation, legal responsibilities and the other essential business skills. Swiss Startup Factory provides them with mentoring, coaching and office space in the heart of Switzerland. Once the young entrepreneurs complete the program, Baur and his team gives them the opportunity to connect with a large international network of entrepreneurs and investors. These connections can help the entrepreneurs get the money and business opportunities they need to succeed.
Mike Baur’s goal is to inspire and support the next generation of Swiss entrepreneurs. He wants to encourage young people throughout Switzerland to follow their dreams and develop their business ideas. Baur understands providing support for tech startups and other businesses can transform the country and build a more prosperous future for the coming generations. Through Swiss Startup Factory and other organizations with which Baur is involved, he wants to help nurture the next big startup idea that can create an entirely new business model.
Mike Baur is passionate helping Swiss entrepreneurs to succeed. He’s committed to creating a bridge between Switzerland’s old economy and the one it has the potential to develop. He sees helping entrepreneurs overcome the challenges they face as a personal mission.