Mike Baur is a prominent and successful Swiss banker turned entrepreneur. After working for 20 years in the banking industry, Baur founded the Swiss Startup Factory in 2014. The Swiss Startup Factory, an accelerator for digital startups, provides entrepreneurs with services like coaching, mentoring, a space in their offices and access to a strong network to grow their businesses. Mike first got his start as a commercial apprentice at UBS, and worked his way to become an executive board member of a large Swiss Private Bank. And now, as founder and executive chairmen of the accelerator, Baur’s responsibilities include fundraising and financing rounds.
Mike is also the deputy-managing director of Swiss Startup Invest (formerly CTI invest), one of the leading Swiss financing platforms for innovative start-ups. Mike has been instrumental in creating strong partnerships to support digital entrepreneurship in Switzerland, including a partnership between Swiss Startup Invest and The Swiss Startup Factory, to support different startup events, podcast, and public websites.
Originally from the Friborg region, Mike still feels connected to his hometown. And even as a teen, Baur was fascinated with the banking and finance industry. While Mike views himself as a practitioner, he also understands the importance of higher education, which is why Mike made sure to pursue both an MBA from the University of Rochester in New York, as well as, an Executive MBA from the University of Berne.
Prior to founding the Swiss Startup Factory, Baur spent years investing in digital startups. His strong understanding of business and finance helped him accurately assess business’s profitability, and he was able to make a profit from his investments. These investments, and his close interaction with startups, allowed him to understand firsthand what startups and entrepreneurs need to succeed. These experiences helped shape the vision and mission of the Swiss Startup Factory.
Baur’s experience makes him a valuable mentor for startups; he makes sure to share his extensive knowledge with young entrepreneurs. Swiss youth entrepreneurship is one of his passions, and he is well positioned to connect the youth to his network and coach them on how to build and run successful businesses.