Mike Baur is a creative entrepreneur and successful businessman. He is the current Executive Chairman and CEO of Swiss Startup Factory, a firm he founded in 2014 to help budding digital entrepreneurs realize their goals. The company is based in Zurich, Switzerland and has a strong network both locally and internationally. Baur has over 20 years’ experience in the banking sector, where he acquired valuable business and financial skills. He proficiently passes on these skills to his clients as he also applies the financial expertise to swiftly run his establishments.
Baur’s banking career commenced when he was only 16 years old. He started off as an apprentice at the Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS) in 1991 and worked hard throughout the 1990s, gaining valuable experience as he rose through the ranks. Before he hit 30 years, Baur was promoted to an influential advisory position, where he had a chance to offer advice to wealthy Swiss investors as well as the country’s richest individuals. In 2008, Baur left UBS and joined Clariden Leu, one of the most prominent Swiss banks where he held a top executive position for about six years. After garnering ample experience and capital, Baur decided to quit employment and venture into entrepreneurship.
In 2014, Mike Baur teamed up with Max Meister, his Bern University comrade, to form Swiss startup factory (SSUF) with the aim of assisting promising tech start-up firms in finding their niche in the business world. The duo launched the incubator program, which provides training, finances, and mentorship to budding businesses. Additionally, the firms get three months rent-free offices in Zurich, marketing advice, networking opportunities as well as guidance on how to acquire funding from investors. In 2014, Baur took part in a contest dubbed SMART Summiter at a Swiss University. During the event, new business founders get a chance to talk about their business models, products and plans. Mike’s participation in this competition affirmed Swiss startup factory’s position as a popular and credible business incubator, a position it has maintained to date.
Mike Baur is also the founder and owner of Think Reloaded, which offers esteemed advice to wealthy clients. Through SSUF, he has also partnered with several prominent firms to diversify the company’s operations. SSUF has partnered with CTI Invest, where Mike is a deputy managing director and the two firms organize training through an event dubbed Swiss Startup Day. In 2016, SSUF partnered with BV4, an appraisal company that evaluates the monetary value of business ideas with the intention of assisting entrepreneurs to acquire financing for their projects.
Mike Baur graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Science from the University of Applied Sciences, Bern in 2000 where he majored in Banking and Finance. He then attained a Master of Business Administration from the University of Rochester as well as an Executive Master of Business Administration from The University of Bern, Switzerland, in 2008.
Mike Bur is certainly a talented and innovative entrepreneur who is devoted to helping others realize their entrepreneurial dreams. He continues to be a great inspiration to many in the business world.