Mike Baur is a Swiss entrepreneur, businessman and the co-founder of the Swiss Start-up Factory AG. The Swiss Start-up Factory is an independent and privately-financed ICT Start-up Accelerator based in Switzerland.
Mike began his career at the Swiss Banking industry, but his passion for entrepreneurial ventures led him to seek other business ideas in the start-up business platform. With over two decades in the Swiss banking sector, Mike quit his job and instead concentrated on start-up companies. Thanks to his vast array of experience in the banking industry, Mike has been a force to reckon with not only in banking issues but also in fundraising and financing projects.
Founding the Swiss Start-up Organizations
The Swiss Start-up Factory was founded in the year 2014 in Zurich Switzerland by a team of digital entrepreneurs whose primary role of launching the company was to provide opportunities to digital-oriented individuals not only in Switzerland but also globally. According to Mike, his reason for forming the company came as a result of his desire to assist people who wanted to initiate start-ups but did not have the required information or capital.
After the launch of Swiss Start-up Factory, Mike Baur co-founded the Swiss Start-up Group AG in the year 2017 in collaboration with Max Meister. The company primarily deals in providing start up investments for promising Swiss-oriented Start-up companies.
Before launching the Swiss Start-up company, Mike Baur co-founded and worked for other companies. These companies were such as Swiss Start-up investment, Swiss Start-up Association, Innovation Lab Fribourg, Think Reloaded Agency, Salifort Privatbank and Clariden Leu.
Mike Baur attended the University of Applied Sciences Bern from the year 1997 to the year 2000 where he successfully pursued a Bachelor of Applied Science in Banking and Finance. Seven years later, he joined the University of Rochester and the Universitat Bern where he pursued a Master of Business Administration, and an Executive Master of Business Administration respectively. He graduated from both of the universities in the year 2008.
Mike Baur invests most of his time and money in supporting most of the available Swiss Start-up companies as well as the Swiss Youth entrepreneurship companies. Apart from this, he also acts as a mentor for the businessmen who work under him and are in search for investment advice.
Advice to Fellow Entrepreneurs
As an individual who has been in the industry for more than two decades, Mike Baur believes that the key to success for any avid entrepreneur is to have a passion for what they do and to take their time to learn and understand the industry.