Mike Baur is the co-founder and managing partner of Swiss Startup Factory. Baur is a Swiss entrepreneur who has worked in the banking industry for more than 20 years, including Clariden Leu and UBS. He quit his career in banking to embark on investing in startup companies. He is a co-founding partner of Swiss Startup Factory, together with like-minded business associates, Max Meister and Oliver Walzer. Baur contributed as an associate judge at the START Summiteer, a start-up pitching challenge at the University of St Gallen.
In January 2016, Mike was chosen as the deputy managing director of CTI Invest during the Swiss Startup Factory merger with CTI. He led the Swiss Startup Factory through its hyped program with Goldbach Group in the first quarter of 2016, as well as its joint venture with Fintech Fusion in February 2016. The Wall Street Journal summarized Baur’s career from a Swiss banker to an entrepreneur and startup investor in December 2016.
Mike Baur also founded Think Reloaded Ag in April 2014 as its managing partner. He showed his excellent business skills and acumen while in his youth and was always fascinated by finance and banking services.
Today, Mike has years of specialized experience and understanding of the Swiss banking business. He has combined excellent banking knowledge, capitalist thinking, and proven accomplishment of financial management. He also has a diverse network of customers and numerous years of managerial experience in various banks across the country. Mike Baur is passionate about investing time and available resources in young Swiss businessmen and women and tirelessly supports different Swiss start-ups as a financial consultant.
Mike grew up in the bilingual town of Fribourg, Western Switzerland. He is married and currently lives with his family in Zürich, Switzerland. As a co-founder of Swiss Startup Factory, Mike is responsible for fundraising and financing projects at the organization. He believes that startups should grow into global companies that defy popular business ideas and products.
Swiss Startup Factory
The Swiss Startup Factory began its operations in 2014 motivated by the dream to build global companies that go against the established business models, practices, and products. The Swiss Startup Factory’s dream is dual. First, the founders want to project and run accelerator programs with international standards that will set the pace for other upcoming startup programs. Secondly, they aim to provide all the required services involved in creating a qualified business idea in what they call a 360° startup service.
The foundation of Swiss Startup Factory is based on providing a detailed three-month development training course that provides entrepreneurs with business services, financing, mentoring, coaching, access to investor networks, and office space.