Mike Baur is the co-founder and managing Partner of Swiss Startup Factory. The company was founded in 2014 and aims at creating global companies that conduct business in a manner different to the existing rules, products, and business models. The company is Switzerland’s leading privately run early stage ICT Startup Accelerator.
The firm offers a three month program that provides startups with a number of vital services. Investors setting up a business are provided with financing, coaching and mentoring to assist them start the business.in addition, they are provided with office space and given access to a wide network of other entrepreneurs. The company is committed to turning startups into global firms through the provision of all the required services. Swiss Startup Factory, through its startup accelerator program, is helping new companies in Zurich expand rapidly by using an approach completely different from the current norm.
The highly successful Swiss entrepreneur has worked in the banking industry for over 20 years.
In January 2016, Mike Baur became the Deputy Managing Director of Swiss Startup Invest, a leading platform for Swiss High-Tech startups. The firm supports new investors by value-added activities for start-up companies in the high-tech sector. He is also the director and co-founder of Swiss Startup Association. The firm specializes in providing a more start up friendly environment through an improved legal, regulatory and tax environment for startups in Switzerland. The company also seeks to increase social and political awareness of the startup environment in the country.
His other leadership positions have been in such firms as Innovation Lab Fribourg, a company that provides avenues for student entrepreneurs to bring new technologies to market. At the company, he served as Vice President. He also worked as Head of Private Banking at Sallfort Privatebank AG where he worked as Head of Private Banking. Besides SSUF, Baur has also founded other companies such as think reloaded AG and Baur IS. He also worked as Head of Private Banking Switzerland at Clariden Leu. For more than seventeen years, Mike Baur worked in various leadership positions in UBS before leaving in 2008 to join Clariden Leu.
The veteran banker is proficient in English, Deutsch and Französisch. The University of Rochester New York graduate a master’s degree in Business Administration. Additionally he has an Executive MBA from the University of Bern. He uses his vast experience, skills, and resources to enhance youth entrepreneurship in Switzerland and devotes his efforts to supporting their startups.