Mike Baur spent almost 20 years in the banking industry working at some of the biggest Swiss banks including UBS Wealth Management, Clariden Leu. He is now involved in assisting other entrepreneurs to realize their dreams, including his work with the Swiss Startup Factory. Another company that he founded in the last few years and leads is think reloaded.ag. He is also the Vice President of Innovation Lab Fribourg.
It was in January 2015 that Mike Baur co-founded Swiss Startup Factory along with Max Meister and Oliver Walzer. He is the Executive Chairman of the company and the Deputy Managing Director of its subsidiary, Swiss Startup Invest. In both positions, he lends his financial expertise that he developed throughout his career as well as his experience in founding a company.
The main service that Swiss Startup Factory offers to entrepreneurs is the Startup Accelerator Program where over the course of 3 months they help them with coaching, mentoring, financing, and other services. These other services can include bookkeeping, payroll management, cash flow reports, and other business services. The company also offers an affordable office space that the entrepreneur can work in and be around like-minded people who are also looking to get their business off the ground. Another key feature of the Accelerator Program is that they give their clients access to Swiss Startup Factory’s wide array of entrepreneurial and investor networks.
Besides being one of the top executives at Swiss Startup Factory, Mike Baur serves as a mentor to many of the clients that are going through the company’s program. He also supports many of them financially get their business off the ground and running.
Due to his history in the world of banking Mike Baur has been able to set up a strong Advisory Board at Swiss Startup Factory made up of entrepreneurs and financiers. A great many mentors are needed at the company as it received over 1500 startup applications in just 2016.
While Swiss Startup Factory is in Zurich, Mike Baur grew up in Fribourg, Switzerland. He developed a strong interest in banking as a child. In order to pursue his dreams he attended the University of Applied Sciences Bern where he graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Banking and Finance. He continued his education and earned an MBA in 2008 from the University of Rochester and an Executive MBA in the same year from the University of Bern.