Mike Baur co-founded Swiss Startup Factory in 2014. He serves as the company’s Chief Executive Officer and Executive Chairman. Swiss Startup Factory, which is based in Zurich, Switzerland, is a startup business accelerator that helps digital entrepreneurs quickly get their products and services on the market. Mike Baur’s specialties and financial acumen help these entrepreneurs in a variety of ways.
Mike Baur earned his B.S. in Banking and Finance from the University of Applied Sciences Bern as well as his M.B.A. at the University of Rochester. In 2008 he earned his Executive M.B.A. from the University of Bern. He spent the first 14 years of his professional career in the Swiss private banking industry. Among other positions, he was the Head of Private Banking for both Sallfort Privatbank AG and Clariden Leu. He left banking behind in 2014 when he founded his first company, Think Reloaded AG. This company, which he still owns, is a company that helps young people start disruptive businesses by providing them with consulting services.
Mike Baur co-founded Swiss Startup Factory with the company built around its startup accelerator program which takes entrepreneurs through the first three months of their operations. They provide their clients with everything they need to bring their idea to life including mentoring, coaching, office space, and a host of business services like payroll and accounting. These clients are also taught how to pitch their product ideas and have access to Swiss Startup Factory’s vast network of venture capitalists. A large number of established entrepreneurs are also partnered with the company and help fledgling entrepreneurs strengthen and execute their ideas.
Due to his success as an entrepreneur and private banker, Mike Baur is frequently brought in as a keynote speaker at corporate events, universities, conferences, and startup events. He is motivated to give back by helping to develop new entrepreneurs ideas and sharing his knowledge with them on how to start a company and succeed in business.
Outside of his career, Mike Baur’s biggest passion is following sports. His favorite sport is hockey and he enjoys following his favorite club, the Fribourg Gotteron. He became a fan of the team growing up in Fribourg. He also regularly watches Swiss tennis professionals during their seasons and actively follows their progress on the ATP tour. He has also pointed out the similarities that are shared among the best startup teams and the best sports pros.