Mike Baur is a Swiss entrepreneur and businessman who co-founded and is a managing partner of the Swiss Startup Factory. Some of his responsibilities for the company include financing rounds and fundraising, and his optimistic as well as steady outlook on life and business has helped the company to gain the kind of funding necessary to succeed. Swiss Startup Factory launched in 2014 and is a Zurich-based accelerator that helps digital entrepreneurs find new opportunities to grow their business or enterprise. Their three month start-up accelerator program is unique in that it offers a range of services including mentoring, coaching, office space, and a network of entrepreneurs to help anyone reach their goals.
With over 20 years of hard-earned experience in the Swiss banking industry, Mike Baur brings vision, knowledge, and the kind of intuition that can only come from this kind of experience. Previously Mike worked for Clariden Leu as well as UBS but eventually moved on to investing in start-ups. At a start-up pitching contest, START Summiteer, that took place at the University of St Gallen, he played the role of a jury member, and in 2016 he was made deputy managing director of CTI Invest as a partnership formed between the company and the Swiss Startuo Factory. He also played a large role in the company’s partnership with Fintech Fusion and led the efforts of its accelerator program with the Goldback Group.
Mike Baur earned his MBA from the University of Rochester New York and also received an Executive MBA while studying at the University of Berne. He spends a lot of his time investing in Swiss youth entrepreneurship and also supports a mix of Swiss Startups by offering his services as a mentor and by providing financial assistance. He believes that every young entrepreneur needs a mentor or someone they can look up to and learn from, and he is always eager to pass on the large amount of knowledge he has picked up from his long career as an entrepreneur. It is not only his business to help people be successful with their start-ups, but it is his passion, and he has vowed to continue helping people with their success for as long as he can.