Mike Baur is a native of Fribourg, Switzerland, a region with which he still strongly identifies. He got interested and actively involved in Banking and Finance when he was just a teenager and developed this passion into a successful profession. He stayed in the Swiss Private Bank for nearly two decades during the time which he rose to the position of a member of the executive board of the Swiss Private Bank from a lower rank of a commercial apprentice at the UBS.
At age 39, Mike’s entrepreneurial journey officially commenced. Together with two other entrepreneurs, they co-founded the Swiss Startup Factory in 2014. This factory has grown rapidly being the leading independent ICT Startup Accelerator in the country. Mike Baur is deeply involved in Swiss youth entrepreneurship where he works to support various Swiss Startups by mentoring them and offering financial assistance. Many upcoming entrepreneurs are doing well today in Zurich because of his assistance.
He attended the University of Rochester located in New York from where he acquired an MBA. The University of Bern also awarded him an Executive MBA. After school, Mike worked with various companies before opting out to work together with the other to form their own company. As a banker, he worked for Clariden Leu and UBS, both of which he had a very successful career. Mike Baur quit his work and started to invest in startups.
After getting involved in the startup companies and acquiring the necessary experience, Mike entered into a partnership with Oliver Walzer and Max Meister, and together they founded Swiss Startup Factory. The factory then partnered with CTI Invest in January 2016 and Baur. Following this partnership, Baur was named CTI Invest’s deputy managing director. The Swiss Startup Factory then successfully undertook an accelerator program working with Goldback Group under the able leadership of Mike Baur. He also engineered the partnership of this company with Fintech Fusion.
Swiss Startup Factory is based in Zurich and is an accelerator company that deals with the upcoming digital entrepreneurs. Using its strong connection across Switzerland and elsewhere on the globe, the company offers exciting opportunities to its clients from the very first day. It has a start-up accelerator program that is always scheduled to be three months long. Through this program, the companies strive to offer a unique platform of coaching, services, mentoring, entrepreneurial network as well as a strategically positioned office space in Zurich.