A Swiss entrepreneur and businessman, Mike Baur is a typical example of the new generation’s crop of talented young people who are rapidly rising to fame and fortune in various sectors of the global economy. Presently, he is a managing partner and co-founder of the Swiss Startup Factory. Before becoming a prominent investor, he worked for several banks like Clariden Leu and UBS for more than 20 years until he branched out to start personal investment in startups. Together with Oliver Walzer and Max Meister, they co-founded their company – Swiss Startup Factory in 2014. On his way to the top, Mike Baur participated in many high-profile investment forums such as the START Summiteer, a pitching contest for startups organized by the University of St Gallen, where he was a jury member.
He was also at one time an assistant managing director of CTI Invest, where he diligently served before initiating a partnership with Swiss Startup Factory and Goldback Group to implement an accelerator program in 2016. His move from banking to startup investment and Swiss entrepreneurship has been meteoritic, prompting the Wall Street Journal to profile him as a rising star in the world of finance and investment. A man who has a strong attachment to his home in Fribourg, Mike known to display a witty sense of humor combined with professional astuteness to achieve his goals. His fascination with Banking & Finance has its roots in his school days. He holds an Executive MBA from University of Bern, and an MBA from University of Rochester New York.
As a champion of causes and progress for the youth, this inspirational figure likes investing plenty of time in entrepreneurship for the Swiss youth by taking part in mentoring programs and financially supporting several startups. It is therefore not surprising that the success he has achieved as a private investor is due in large part to passion and strict observance of professional ethics. Today, Swiss Startup Factory is the only privately financed entity in Switzerland providing ICT Startup Accelerator programs. It is not every day that you come across a dynamic individual like Mike who swiftly rises from an apprenticeship position to being an executive board member of a prestigious bank.
Being a motivational speaker, Baur regularly addresses public forums for investment that attracts hundreds of avid listeners. The ICT accelerator programs his company provides includes services like mentoring, coaching, financial services, office space, and quick access to established investor & entrepreneurial networks. Beaconsmind, Struckd, Blinkers, and Carhelper are some of the startups Mike Baur has helped to launch. The company provides customer-tailored packages that meet everyone’s desires.