Mike Baur; Steering Swiss Innovators to Success

Mike Baur is a Swiss entrepreneur with an excellent and inspirational career. Mr. Baur was born and raised in Freiburg in Switzerland, and he attended the University of Rochester (New York) and the University of Berne where he graduated with an MBA and an Executive MBA respectively.

 

After his studies, Mike Baur became an apprentice at Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS) at only sixteen years of age. During his time at UBS, Mike’s banking career flourished, and he was promoted to various posts before landing the position of an Executive board member at one of the leading Private Swiss banks. In 2008, Baur left UBS and joined Clariden Leu where he stayed for six years.

 

In 2014, Mike Baur decided to pursue his passion for helping other Startup innovators and together with his two college mates they co-founded the Swiss Startup Factory (SSUF). The new company aim was to help future entrepreneurs make strategic and clever financial decision. Furthermore, having been in the banking industry for nearly two decades had made Mike knowledgeable of the various challenges that innovators face every day. Presently, the Swiss Startup Factory is the top independent and privately owned early stage ICT Accelerator in the Switzerland.

 

The Swiss Startup Factory runs a three-month program which offers various services including coaching and mentoring. After the completion of the program, the innovators are accorded office space in the heart of Zurich. Moreover, the company also connects the innovators to the top entrepreneurs in the city so that they can learn more from them and also act as potential investors to the most promising Startup. For instance, some graduates of the program managed to pitch their idea to Goldback Executives and in turn landed themselves investors to kick-start their business. These services are not only limited to those individuals starting off a business plan but also caters to those innovators seeking to expand their companies.

 

Currently, Mike Baur is a top personality in the Startup industry in Switzerland, and his primary duties at SSUF include financing and fundraising. Furthermore, his successful career of transitioning from banking into entrepreneurship was featured in the Wall Street Journal in December 2016. Additionally, Mike encourages his trainees to register in pitch contests. In 2014 he was one of the judges in the START Summiteer contest that took place at the University of St Gallen. The competition offered 30 innovators the platform to pitch their products, business models, and plan after which the judges who are renowned financial experts evaluate the business ideas and in the end select the winner