Mike Baur is a Swiss businessman and entrepreneur who together with two other partners, co-founded Swiss Startup Factory where he is a managing partner. The Swiss Startup Factory is a Zurich-based financial platform for Swiss high-tech startups assisting both early and late stage startups. The firm is the leading private ICT startup accelerator in Switzerland. They are the main organizers of events for Swiss high-tech startup companies and are leading in linking up of startups with Business Angels and Venture Capitalists. They help their clients’ startups to thrive by providing a three-month accelerator program that provides start-ups with coaching, mentoring, office space in the heart of Zurich as well as entrepreneurial network to explore in Switzerland and around the world to achieve our ambitious goals. They further help their clients with financial and accounting services advice in areas like bookkeeping, cash flow reports, payroll management, and financial statements. Mr. Baur who is the executive chairman is responsible for the fundraising and financing rounds at Swiss Startup Factory.
Mr. Baur started his career in banking in 1991 at UBS Wealth Management as a financial advisor. He then moved to Cladiren Leu bank in 2008 where he was promoted to the position of Head of Private Banking Switzerland. Mr. Baur would then move to Sallfort Privatbank AG as the Head of Private Banking. After a short stint there he quit and starting investing in startup companies. It is during this period that he met and combined efforts with Oliver Walzer and Max Meister, to come up with Swiss Startup Factory in 2014. Mike Baur is vastly educated and graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science, Banking, and Finance from University of Applied Sciences Bern. He also holds a Masters in Business Administration from University of Rochester New York and an Executive Masters in Business Administration from the University of Bern.
Boosting 20 years of experience in Swiss Private Banking Mike Baur has defied all odds to do what he always wanted in life. As a teenager, he had a special liking for banking and finance subjects and is glad that he made a career out of his passion. He regularly spends a lot of time with the youth supporting them through both mentorship and financial help. His whole career from early banking to startup investments and entrepreneurship was profiled by Wall Street Journal in 2016.