Growing up in Switzerland Mike Baur always had a fascination with the banking and finance industry. In order to pursue his dream of achieving a career in the field, he went to the University of Applied Science Bern where he graduated with his a Bachelor of Applied Science in Banking And Finance. Later he went on to obtain an MBA in Business Administration from the University of Rochester and an Executive Master of Business Administration at the University of Bern.
Mike Baur spent 20 years in the Swedish banking industry. Among the well-known banks he worked for are UBS Wealth Management, Clariden Leu, and Sallfort Privatbank AG. In 2014 he left the banking industry behind when he founded his own companies, Baur IS and Think Reloaded AG, where he invests in start-up companies. Baur is also a co-founder of Swiss Startup Factory AG and serves as its Executive Chairman. Mike Baur and Max Meister started this company in 2014 in order to help other entrepreneurs create globally disruptive companies.
The core of Swiss Startup Factory is to provide entrepreneurs with a three month program when they are at the earliest stages of building their brand and company. While in this program the entrepreneur is provided with an open office space where they can discuss and collaborate on their plans with other entrepreneurs as well as Baur and other members of the Swiss Startup Factory team. In this environment they receive coaching, mentoring, financing, business services, and access to a worldwide network of entrepreneurs and investors that the leadership of Swiss Startup Factory has built up over the years. In 2016 Swiss Startup Factory partnered with CTI Invest and Mike Baur was named as Deputy Chief Manager of CTI Invest.
Recently Mike Baur announced that they were ready for the next development phase and so are introducing a high-profile Advisory Board to Swiss Startup Factory. The Advisory Board will support the young startups in the three month program and open them up to more key stakeholders. They so far have named 9 business leaders to the Advisory Board and will be adding more as the year goes on. Baur commented that he was quite happy that they were able to bring these high-profile people into the fold and was looking forward to the future when Swiss Startup Factory is a key player in the startup scene both in Switzerland and around the world.