Swiss Start-ups entrepreneur, Mike Baur
Mike Baur, with over 20 years of experience in banking, is the Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Swiss Startup Factory. He has held this position for the last 2 years and five months. He is now seen as a successful businessman and entrepreneur in Switzerland.
Early life and Education
Mike went to University of Applied Sciences Bern where he pursued a bachelor’s degree in applied sciences (B.A.Sc.) and majored in banking and finance from 1997 up to 2000. He then went to do his master’s degree in business administration (M.B.A) seven years after in University of Rochester. At the same time, he did Executive master of business administration (E.M.B.A.) at Universität Bern and finished in 2008.
Even before his education, Mike worked for UBS Wealth Management and held several positions. The positions include UBS Fribourg for 9 years, Wealth Management Switzerland for 2 years and Key client Group Switzerland for 6 years.
His Career and Accomplishments
After finishing his M.B.A, Mike got a job with Clariden Leu and held the position of Business Area head private banking. He worked for 2 and a half years before being named as the Head Private Banking. He then moved to Salford Private Bank AG a year after and held the position of Head Private Banking for the bank. Once he got some experience under his belt, Mike started his own company and became the owner of Think Reloaded AG in 2014.
In 2015, he became the Vice President of Innovation Lab Fribourg (ILF) which empowers student entrepreneurs from business, engineering, and natural sciences to bring new technologies to the market. It gives the students support from the network of mentors, trainers, entrepreneurs and investors from Switzerland and overseas. In the same year, he co-founded Swiss Startup Association which is known as the voice of Swiss startups. He was then named the Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Swiss Startup Factory AG. The following year he became the Deputy Managing Director for Swiss Startup Invest which leads in financing Swiss high-tech start-ups.
Mike left a successful banking career and started investing in startup companies. It was during this time that he co-founded Swiss Startup Factory with Oliver Walzer and Max Meister. He led the company through its accelerator program in 2016 with Goldbach Group and partnered with Fintech Fusion in the same year.
His lifetime goal is to inspire and impact the people of Switzerland to start their own startup ideas and aims to create the next big Swiss companies today.