Mike Baur is a very successful banker and entrepreneur. He is also co-founder of Switzerland’s leading independently financed new business incubator, Swiss Startup Factory. Baur started the company in early 2015 with his friends Oliver Walzer and Max Meister. The goal of the company is to give Swiss entrepreneurs with early-stage companies the support, training and resources they need to succeed and grow. Swiss Startup Factory provides an intensive 3 month training program that teaches entrepreneurs about accounting, marketing, financing and more. They also connect them to a network of investors and entrepreneurs all over the world.
In Switzerland, the accomplishments of Mike Baur are legendary. Ever since he was very young, he had an interest in banking and finance. By the time he was 19, Mike Baur had graduated from the University of Rochester New York with an MBA and earned an Executive MBA from the University of Berne. He was then hired by UBS as a commercial apprentice. He also went on to work for the Swiss bank Clariden Leu. Mike Baur continued to work his way up the ranks until he was on a major Swiss bank’s board of directors by age 39 when he retired in 2014.
Later that year Baur founded Think Reloaded, a boutique financial services company that provides wealthy individuals and families with strategic advice. In early 2015, Baur and his friends Oliver as well as Max Meister co-founded Swiss Startup Factory. Mike Baur also worked with several companies including Fintech Fusion, the Goldback Group and CTI Invest to help a growing number of Swiss start-ups to get the funding and training the entrepreneurs that started them need to succeed. Baur was also a jury member at START Summiteer, a start-up pitching contest hosted by the University of St. Gallen.
A husband and father, Mike Baur is also a board member and an investor in several Swiss digital start-ups. Baur’s commitment to supporting young Swiss entrepreneurs is commendable. After a very successful career in banking, he could have easily sat back on his laurels. Instead, he is mentoring young entrepreneurs, finding them the financing they need and training them in the areas they need to master in order to do well. He has expressed his concern about the future of the Swiss economy and is doing all that he can to improve it. Mike Baur truly is an inspiration to young Swiss entrepreneurs.