After a career spanning two decades in the Swiss Banking Industry Mike Baur made a career change. He, along with partners Max Meister and Oliver Waltzer began Swiss Start-up Factory in 2014. Overseeing duties as Co-Founder and Executive Chairman in charge of fundraising and financing rounds, Mr. Baur and his Partners have rapidly grown Swiss Start-up Factory into becoming the number one early stage, privately-financed, independent ICT Start up Accelerator in Switzerlland.
As many before him, Mr. Baur began his career early at the age of 16, working as a commercial apprentice at UBS. The Fribourg native followed a successful career path in the tradition of apprentices of the time seeking a successful career in banking. During his tenure at UBS and Clariden Lieu, Mr. Baur gave investment advice to some of the world’s wealthiest clients, and served on the board of one of Switzerland’s largest private banks. During that time, Baur earned an Executive MBA from the University of Berne and an MBA from the University of Rochester.
In 2008, with the financial crisis taking its toll on the banking industry, Mike Baur took it in stride. In a time of turmoil, Mr. Baur took the initiative and risk by changing paths and working on startups. In spite of sacrificing a large steady income Mr. Baur had become accustomed to over the years, Swiss Startup Factory thrived from the beginning.
Swiss Startup Factory and CTI Invest entered into partnership during the first quarter of 2016. and Mr. Baur was appointed Deputy Managing Director of CTI. During this time Baur led the imitative to begin Swiss Startup Factory’s partnership with Fintech Fusion, as well as its Accelerator Program with the Goldback Group.
Additionally, Mr. Baur was a Startup Pitching Competition Judge at the START Summiteer at the University of St. Gallen. He’s also been a speaker on the Investor Panel at the WorldWebForum Next Generation, and in late 2016 was featured in the Wall Street Journal.
Developing entrepreneurs is still Mike Baur’s passion as he mentors and invests in young Swiss talent, giving them the opportunity to follow their goals and dreams.