Entrepreneur and former banking executive Mike Baur is the co-founder and managing partner of Switzerland’s leading independent and privately financed new business incubator Swiss Start-Up Factory. He started the company with Oliver Walzer and Max Meister in 2014. The company’s goal is to provide young Swiss entrepreneurs with the tools, guidance and support needed to succeed in modern business. The company runs a series of three month programs that offers startups assistance with financing, mentoring, office space, coaching as well as access to an international network of investors and entrepreneurs.
Mike Baur showed a great interest in banking as a youth and after earning MBAs from the University of Rochester New York and the University of Berne, he pursued a career in banking. Baur quickly worked his way up the ranks in Switzerland’s banking industry. He began as a commercial apprentice with UBS and by the time he retired 20 years later at the age of 39 he was a member of the executive board of one of Switzerland’s large private bank. That turned out to be a valuable experience because Baur is now in charge of the Swiss Start-Up Factory‘s fundraising and financing rounds.
Baur invested in a number of start-up companies before helping to co-found Swiss Start-Up Factory. That helped him to better understand some of the issues new businesses face and make a plan to help them. He was also the University of St. Gallen’s start-up pitching contest START Summiteer jury member. When Swiss Start-Up Factory partnered with CTI in 2016, Baur became CTI Invest’s deputy managing director. He has also worked in conjunction with the Goldbach Group and Fintech Fusion. Baur is also the Swiss Startup Association’s director.
Born in Fribourg Switzerland, Baur is a beloved local figure with strong connections. He’s also passionate about youth and their role in the future of the Swiss economy and has created several innovative ideas to provide support for young entrepreneurs. He’s taken the responsibility to create ways to offer them mentorship programs and financing for their business ideas. The platform he has helped to create with Swiss Start-Up Factory has been very effective in providing young entrepreneurs with the tools and support they need to succeed.
Mike Baur and the Swiss Startup Factory have helped to launch several very successful businesses. The company has allowed Baur to make a significant contribution to the future of the Swiss economy.