Mike Baur is a leader in the Swiss startup community. He spent 14 years in the banking industry before deciding to switch gears and instead help people build new companies focused on providing digital products to consumers. He is one of the founders of Swiss Startup Factory AG and is the company’s Executive Chairman.
Growing up with a strong interest in banking, Mike Baur attended the University of Applied Sciences Bern and graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Banking and Finance. In 2007 he continued on with his education, earning both a Master of Business Administration at the University of Rochester and an Executive Master of Business Administration at University Bern in 2008.
Mike Baur started his professional career in 2000 when he joined UBS Wealth Management in Zurich, Switzerland. After working for UBS for 8 years he advanced his career in 2008 when he became the Business Area Head of Private Banking at Clariden Leu. In 2012 he earned the role of Head of Private Banking at Sallfort Privatbank AG. It was shortly into this role that he decided a change of career was in order as he had lost his passion for banking.
In addition to Swiss Startup Factory, Mike Baur has founded other companies. He is the owner of Think Reloaded AG, a company he established in April 2014 shortly after leaving Sallfort. He is also a co-founder of the Swiss Startup Association which advocates for a better framework in Switzerland that makes it easier to start a company. They want changes in the tax, regulatory, and legal areas so that entrepreneurs are freer to innovate. Mike Baur is also the Deputy Managing Director of Swiss Startup Invest which helps both early and late stage startups.
Swiss Startup Factory is a company which focuses on helping early stage digital startups. Mike Baur and his team offer a 3-month startup accelerator program which helps new businesses quickly get off the ground. He has developed a network of other entrepreneurs so that they also can provide mentoring and coaching to new entrepreneurs. Additionally, he has established another network of venture capitalists who get pitched ideas by the digital entrepreneurs looking to have their new businesses invested in. Swiss Startup Factory also offers business services and office space to their client digital entrepreneurs.