Mike Baur is a native of Fribourg, Switzerland, from where he was born in 1975. He is a passionate business and entrepreneur, with interest in the high-tech start-up industry in Switzerland. Baur has been mentoring many start-up entrepreneurs as well as boosting them through financial funding. As the executive chairman at Swiss Startup Factory, Baur is mandated with the responsibility of soliciting funds for financing the firm’s operations. Baur is also a co-founder of the company.
Baur’s Education History
Banking and finance were Baur’s childhood dream, and as it would have been expected, he pursued his dream at the University, acquiring three degrees in less than ten years. He started off his academic journey at the University of Applied Sciences Bern, from where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Applied Sciences, with a bias in Banking and Finance, in 2000. Eight years later, he hit yet another academic milestone by graduating with an MBA from the University of Rochester. Around the same time, Baur got his E.M.B.A. (executive master of business administration) degree.
Baur as an Employee
Baur’s prosperous career in Banking & Finance kicked off immediately after finishing his first degree. He got his first job in 2002 at UBS Wealth Management where he was employed for six years. Before quitting the company, Baur had risen to the position of commercial apprentice. From UBS, he went on to secure his second job with Clariden Leu and was posted in Switzerland to head the company’s Private Banking. He held this position from 2008 to 2012, before leaving for Sallfort Private Bank AG. At Sallfort, Baur sat on the company’s board and doubled up as the head of Private Banking. He left the company in March 2014 to establish himself on his own, having worked for other people for over a decade.
Mike Baus as an Entrepreneur
Baur was introduced to entrepreneurship in 2014 by his two companies: Think Reloaded Aq and Baur IS. His impact was, however, felt a year later when he joined hands with two other like-minded entrepreneurs to establish the Swiss Start-Up Factory AG. Baur has served as the executive chairman of the firm since then.
Mike is the current director of Swiss Startup Association, an organization he co-founded in two years ago. His other executive roles include deputy managing director of Swiss Startup Invest and vice president of Innovation Lab in Fribourg.
The Swiss Startup Factory
The Swiss Startup Factory is a Zurich-based firm that specializes in helping small startup business in Switzerland to excel in the competitive market.