Mike Baur is a Swiss entrepreneur and businessperson. The three partners, Oliver Walzer and Max Meister, and Mike Baur co-founded the Swiss Startup Factory in 2014. Mike is a managing partner at the firm. Swiss is the leading independent and privately funded ICT start-up accelerator in Switzerland. After CTI had partnered with Swiss Startup Factory, Mike was appointed the Deputy Managing Director of the CTI Invest in 2016. Mike Baur plays a significant role in the fundraising and financing rounds at the company.
Baur started his professional life in the banking sector. He was in the Swiss banking industry for two decades and worked for great companies such as Clariden Leu and UBS. He rose through ranks from a commercial apprentice at the UBS to an executive board member of a prominent Swiss Private Bank. Mike quit and ventured into the entrepreneurial sector where he started investing in start-up companies.
After some time, he co-founded Swiss Startup Factory to help innovative start-ups with great potential for success. Mike Baur offers his business expertise by offering mentorship and training to young digital innovators during the three month-long accelerator program. He also provides financial support and introduces the owners to potential investors.
The Swiss Startup Factory is based in Zurich. The core agenda of the firm is to identify and support emerging, thriving technology entrepreneurs. The young firms undergo structured accelerator program which helps them create a long-lasting innovative power that is capable of competing in global markets. The digital entrepreneurs are taken through several paces, and ultimately they are tested to ensure they can produce a great idea and pitch it to the potential investors. The accelerator program is suitable for the people who are zealous with technology and want to transform the world with their innovations.
Mike Baur was born and brought up in Fribourg, Switzerland. He is still strongly connected to his home region. Mike was interested in the domain of banking and finance since he was a teen. Baur studied at the University of Rochester where he graduated with an MBA. He also trained at the University of Bern and attained an Executive MBA.
It is a great achievement that he succeeded in making his passion a profession. Baur participated at the START Summiteer, a contest of the University of St. Gallen, as a jury member. Mike has a great passion for young people, and thus he devotes much of his time in supporting the youth entrepreneurship through mentorship and financially.