In 2014, Mike commenced on his entrepreneurial journey and established the Swiss Startup Factory with the help of his two partners, Max Meister and Oliver Walzer. Swiss Startup Factory a top independent and privately financed ICT Startup Accelerator company located in Switzerland. Mike invests time in the Swiss youth entrepreneurship and various Swiss Startups as a financier and as a mentor. He is also the Director and Co-Founder of the Swiss Startup Association.
Mike Baur holds an MBA from University of Rochester New York and the University of Berne. According to Wall Street Journal, Mike kick-started his career in the banking industry at the age of 16. In 1991, the young finance expert became a Union Bank of Switzerland apprentice. Mike Baur spent approximately 20 years in Swiss Private Banking and progressed from a commercial apprentice to an executive board member of the well-known Swiss Private Bank. During this time, Mike provided wise advice to various wealthy Swiss investors.
In 2008, Mike Baur left UBS and moved to Clariden Leu, another bank at the Zurich office where he held a high-ranking position for almost six years. Mike highly benefited from his generous, but he opted to leave again in 2014 to focus on helping tech entrepreneurs. To accomplish his goal of assisting technology entrepreneurs, he co-founded Swiss Startup Factory in 2014. The company provides the opportunity for tech entrepreneurs to network and learn how to obtain funding from investors. In January 2016, Swiss Startup Factory partnered with CTI Invest and Mike became the deputy director. Mike Baur was a jury member participant at the START Summiteer, a pitching contest for startups which is held by the University of St Gallen.
About Swiss Startup Factory
The Swiss Startup Factory (SSUF) was established in 2014 and offers a three-month program that provides early-stage startups with servicing, financing, mentoring, coaching, office space, and access to a large investor and entrepreneurial network. The firm’s aim is looking for digital businesspersons who are successful in the line of work. As a result, these digital experts are given exciting chances via the organization’s strong network relations in Switzerland and globally. The company offers an incubator program that assists Swiss entrepreneurs by offering them helpful training and mentoring services. It also supplies funding to startups that are promising and startup owners learn to market their products and services on a global level.