After receiving his MBA from the University of Rochester and his Executive MBA from the University of Berne, Mike Baur spent nearly 2 decades in the Swiss Private Banking industry. Starting out as a commercial apprentice, he made his way up to an executive board member of one of the largest Swiss Private Banks, UBS.
At the age of 39, Mike Baur decided to venture out on his own to help others launch their dreams. He co-founded the Swiss Startup Factory with Oliver Walzer and Mam Meister in 2014, which has become one of the largest independent and privately financed ICT Startup Accelerator in the country. Outside of the Swiss Startup Factory, Mike Baur also invests his free time in the support of Swiss youth entrepreneurship and in support of startup companies as an investor and mentor.
Mike Baur has been lucky enough to make his passion his career; still fascinated by the world of Banking & Finance, he can make dreams possible for hundreds of startup companies. He calls Fribourg, Switzerland home; happy to use the Swiss Startup Factory to boost the Swiss economy and his home.
He was once a jury member at the START Summiteer, a University of St. Gallen hosted startup pitching contest. In 2016, when the Swiss Startup Factory partnered with CTI, Baur would become deputy managing director. He has led the company through its accelerator program with both Fintech Fusion and Goldbach Group in 2016. Mike Baur’s career has even been highlighted by the Wall Street Journal, for his banking, entrepreneurship, and investment experiences.
The Swiss Startup Factory’s mission is to take a startup from its simplest stages and turn them into globally-known sensations, disrupting current norms and business models. The first part of their program is their startup accelerator program that has become the gold standard for all other such programs all over the world. The second part of their program involves 360 degree services to help provide these startups with every service they may need to become successful.
A startup company’s ideas are accelerated and they are continuously recruiting new individuals to join their program. When startups make it into the Accelerator Program, they are open to opportunities like customized service packages and the intense 3-month accelerator program. These startups are linked to the Swiss Startup Factory’s investor and mentor network, along with every financing and investments they can find. The company even links startups to investors, giving their investors a robust portfolio of startups.