Businessman and entrepreneurs Mike Baur is so committed to working towards a brighter future for the Swiss economy, he have up a lucrative banking career to assist Swiss tech startups. He has co-founded Switzerland’s leading privately-financed new business incubator, Swiss Startup Factory, and works with several other organizations dedicated to supporting new Swiss entrepreneurs.
Raised in Switzerland’s Freiburg region, Mike Baur started his banking career at age 16. He also earned MBAs from the University of Rochester and Bern University. Baur began working as an apprentice at Union Bank of Switzerland in 1991. By the time he left UBS in 2008, he was advising some of the richest Swiss investors. Mike Baur then began working at the Swiss bank Clariden Leu’s Zurich office. He spent 6 years with the company as a wealth manager. In 2014, he left the banking industry to focus on helping young tech entrepreneurs build their companies.
Working with fellow Bern University graduate Max Meister, Baur co-founded Swiss Startup Factory in 2014. The three-month incubator program provides mentoring, training, funding and a wide range of other valuable support services to Swiss entrepreneurs. That includes free office space in the heart of Zurich. The entrepreneurs are taught how to market their products and services internationally and are put in contact with a network of global funding sources and fellow tech entrepreneurs. This increases their chances for long-term success.
Mike Baur also served as a juror at START Summiteer, a pitching competition held by a Swiss university that lets seasoned financial experts evaluate and rate startups and connect them to sources of substantial investments. Baur also started Think Reloaded, a firm offering affluent clients sophisticated financial advice. He also works with CTI Invest and in 2016 began collaborating with BV4, a company which estimates ideas, inventions and intellectual property’s monetary value. Baur explained a major reason for Swiss Startup Factor’s success is the financial commitment of its leadership to the program. Baur focuses on fundraising and financing at SSF.
The work Mike Baur is doing with Swiss Startup Factory, Think Reloaded and as a BV4 board member has helped many young Swiss entrepreneurs refine and implement a number of pioneering technological ideas. He has helped promote technological progress and economic development in Switzerland. Baur has helped provide valuable resources for young entrepreneurs that had great ideas and desperately needed help developing them. Mike Baur is making a difference.