Mike Baur has developed a strong reputation in the Swiss banking sector. The proven businessman is the co-founder of Swiss Startup Factory, a Zurich based accelerator with the aim of helping upstart and aspiring entrepreneurs reach their goals. The company offers a three month program that provides coaching, mentoring, and other services to participants. The program also makes opportunities available to individuals that would otherwise not be. It boasts that its program participants are more ready for the grueling banking industry upon completion and less likely to make crucial business mistakes.
Baur realized he had a strong interest in the banking sector early on in his career. Little did he know that interest would turn into a very successful career in Swiss Private Banking spanning close to two decades. It wasn’t always smooth sailing for the Swiss entrepreneur and businessman. He worked his way from the bottom as a commercial apprentice at UBS to becoming a board member of Clariden Leu, a large Swiss private bank based in Zurich.
After leaving Clariden Leu, Baur invested in various startup enterprises before co-founding Swiss Startup Factory in 2014 alongside his two partners Max Meister and Oliver Walzer. He has been accredited as the overseer of much of the fundraising and financing rounds at the Swiss Startup Factory.
In early 2016, Swiss Startup Factory merged with CTI. The merger led to Baur being appointed deputy managing director of CTI Invest. Almost simultaneously, the Swiss Startup Factory collaborated with Fintech Fusion. The Swiss Startup Factory is currently the largest independently and privately owned ICT Startup Accelerator in Switzerland.
Mike Baur knew if he wanted to fulfill his dreams he would need access to higher education. Mike set out on the road to becoming a scholar, attending the University of Economics and Administration in Berne where he earned an Executive MBA. He also possesses an MBA from the University of Rochester New York.
Mike Baur has accomplished so much in a relatively short amount of time. He is a world renowned professional in the banking sector. Many people are just curious to know how he did it. Even the Wall Street Journal, who in late 2016, profiled Baur’s early career.