Mike Baur is the Founding Partner of the Swiss startup factory. He has over 20 years experience in the Swiss banking industry and is in charge of financing and fundraising at the Swiss Startup Company. Mike also serves as the speaker of investor panel at the WORLDWEBFORUM Next Generation Semester closing. Baur started his entrepreneurial journey at the age of 39 when he and other two partners founded the Swiss Startup Factory, which is ranked the best privately financed startup factory in Switzerland. He invests a lot of his time in the Swiss youth entrepreneurship and supports startups by mentoring and funding.
Education and Working Experience
Baur holds an MBA from the University of Rochester New York and Executive MBA from the University of Bern. Baur began his career in 1991 as the UBS Fribourg at UBS Wealth Management. In 2000 he was promoted to the position of Wealth Management Switzerland and later he worked as KeyClient Group Switzerland of the same organization. In 2008, he worked for Clariden Leu as the Business Area Head Private Banking Switzerland and later as the Head of Private Banking.
In 2012, he became the Head Private Banking at the Sallfort Private Bank AG until he founded Baur IS and Think Reloaded Ag in 2014. Currently, he holds several positions such as Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Swiss Startup Factory, Director, and Co-Founder of Swiss startup Association, Deputy Managing Director of Swiss Startup Invest and Vice President of Innovative Lab Fribourg.
He is also involved in several community events such as Upstate Forever, where he currently serves as a board member, and he is a former board member of The Peace Center for Performing Arts in Greenville. Moreover, Baur is a Community Wellness Advocate and participates in Corporate Shield running events, fitness challenges, and road races.
About Swiss Startup Factory
Swiss Startup Factory was established in 2014 in Zurich. The firm was launched with the aim of searching for thriving digital businesses and provides them with excellent opportunities. The Switzerland-based accelerator provides entrepreneurs with exciting investment opportunities from the first day through their remarkable connections within Switzerland and other parts of the world.
For new partners, the firm runs a here month startup accelerator, which offers an outstanding array of services such as coaching, mentoring, entrepreneurial network and office space within Zurich to achieve determined goals. The services provided during their training include; bookkeeping, payroll management, invoice management, tax and VAT reporting, cash flow reports, financial statements and financial health review.