A Swiss businessman and entrepreneur, Mike Baur is the co-founder and managing partner of Swiss Start-Up Factory. He is also Co-Founder and Director of the Swiss Startup Association. Mike Baur has also been a jury member at START Summiteer, which is a pitching contest for start-ups at the University of St Gallen. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business and Finance from the University of Applied Sciences Bern, MBA from the University Of Rochester, New York and an Executive MBA from the University of Berne. He spent almost twenty years in the Swiss Private Banking industry climbing the ladders from a commercial apprentice at UBS Wealth Management to an executive board member at a Swiss Private Bank.
Afterward, he quit employment and began investing in start-ups in Switzerland then later on co-founding Swiss Startup Factory in 2014 with Max Meister and Oliver Walzer when he was 39 years old. Swiss Startup Factory which is Zurich-based, supports young entrepreneurship venturing in digital technology both financially and on mentorship. To actualize this, Swiss Startup Factory runs three-month startup accelerator programs for these budding entrepreneurs that entail mentorship, coaching, and even office space as well as entrepreneurial networking.
In January 2016, when Swiss Startup Factory partnered with CTI Invest, Mike Baur was named its Deputy Managing Director. CTI Invest is Switzerland’s leading financial platforms for startups. In February 2016, Swiss Startup Factory also partnered with Fintech Fusion.
They get an incredible platform for execution of their business plans as well as teachings on how to navigate the tricky world of entrepreneurship.
In collaboration with CTI Invest, Mike’s firm can offer the Swiss Startup Training program for the budding digital entrepreneurs. The two companies also join efforts to organize the Swiss Startup Day and also the Swiss Venture Day which aims at bringing on board many other entrepreneurs. The Swiss Startup Factory also gives entrepreneurs with great ideas a chance to participate in the START Summiteer Competition.
Through supporting entrepreneurs both financially and regarding mentorship and coaching, Mike Baur is bringing to light many innovative and profitable ideas all to the benefit of the Swiss business sector and the innovators themselves.
He is also a leading force in the professionalization of business Angels and Venture Capitalist terrain in Switzerland.