Mike Baur is an entrepreneur from Switzerland. He has a special interest in growing startups. His background training in finance and business administration gave him a good starting to his successful career. He attended the internationally known University of Applied Sciences Bern where he attained a degree in Banking and Finance, the University of Rochester where did an MBA, and the University of Berne where he got an executive master of business administration.
Mike Baur’s 20 years long career in banking started in 1991 when he headed the UBS Fribourg division at UBS Wealth Management. He grew with this role, rose to the position of a wealth manager, and later led the KeyClient Group Switzerland. He left UBS in 2011 to join Clariden Leu as the head of Private Banking Switzerland. He then moved to Sallfort Private Bank AG as the head of Private Banking. He left to start an organization that invested in startups, Think Reload ag, which he still runs. He also works as the deputy M.D. of Swiss Startup Invest that offers a financing platform for startups.
Swiss Startup Factory
In 2014, Mike Baur joined hands with Meister and Oliver to start Swiss Startup Factory (SSUF). SSUF is one of the leading independent and privately-held ICT startup accelerators in the country. The firm invests in digital entrepreneurs in Zurich in a bid to get them started in the market. The firm has a three months accelerator program that equips the entrepreneurs with the necessary training and mentorship as well as office space. Mike has been a key player in the organization, and his contribution cannot be overlooked. When Swiss Startup Factory partnered with CTI last year, Mike was named the deputy M.D. He has also led the firm’s accelerator program, such as with Goldback Group.
Mike Baur has always had an interest in giving back to the society by sharing his expertise with others. He is particularly involved with the youth, supporting them financially in starting their businesses. He actively involves himself with Innovative Lab Fribourg, a firm that trains and mentors business, engineering, and sciences entrepreneurs to get a technological standing in the market. He works as the VP of Innovative Lab Fribourg. He is also passionate about providing a better working environment for startups. As a result, he co-founded Swiss Startup association that fights for better conditions, such as legal, tax, and regulations, for startups in Switzerland.