In his capacity as an entrepreneur and investor, Mike Baur has led an inspiring and impressive life. He grew up in Fribourg, Switzerland. His relentless efforts at the University of Rochester and Bern University earned him the valuable knowledge that he uses to drive his ventures. Mike began his career as a banker at the age of 16 years. The young finance expert made his way up to become an apprentice at Union Bank Switzerland. Mike Baur continued working for UBS throughout the 1990s. The talented banker was promoted to the firm’s advisory position before attaining 30 years of age. He would advice wealthy Swiss investors, including some of the nation’s wealthiest individuals. Regardless of his success at the company, Mike Baur bowed out of UBS in 2008.
Shortly after his resignation, Mike joined Clariden Leu, where he held a high-ranking position. Despite benefiting from reliable compensation, the finance expert resigned in 2014 to venture into entrepreneurship. He wanted to concentrate his efforts on his passion for empowering young tech entrepreneurs. Establishing Swiss Startup Factory helped Mike Baur to accomplish his goals of empowering tech entrepreneurs. He teamed up with his fellow graduate of Bern University, Max Meister, to form the incubator program that would aid young tech entrepreneurs in Switzerland by providing training and mentoring services. The program would also provide funding to promising tech entrepreneurs. Startups benefited from access to rent-free offices in Zurich, the capital city of Switzerland. Each startup would also benefit from a three-month-long mentorship program.
Besides financing tech entrepreneurs, Swiss Startup Factory would also encourage them to participate in pitching contests. Through the START Summiteer, a pitching contest that happened in 2014, Mike Baur enabled startups to showcase their products and business models. The competition is graced by financial experts who evaluate the startups to determine the winner. By entering this pitching contest, Mike Baur established SSUF as a credible business incubator.
About Mike Baur
Mike Baur has positioned himself as an entrepreneur and businessman. He has spent the past 20 years working in the finance and banking sector. He worked for UBS before joining Clariden Leu. In 2014, Mike Baur left Clariden Leu to start a business incubator, Swiss Startup Factory. In 2016, Mike Baur’s Swiss Startup Factory joined forces with CTI Invest to advance the Swiss startup ecosystem. Mr. Baur would serve as CTI’s deputy managing director. He also led the SSUF through its partnership with Goldback Group.