Mike Baur was born in Schaffhausen. He grew up in Freiburg, and according to him, he always had an urge to venture in entrepreneurship. Today, Mike is one of the most renowned Swiss entrepreneurs. He is a co-founder of Swiss Startup Factory. His extensive experience in the banking sector is attributed to be the source of his expertise in business and financial matters.
He has an MBA earned from the University of Rochester in New York. He also has an executive MBA from the University of Berne. This educational background was his stepping stone in Banking and finance.
He started off his career as a banker. For 20 years, he was gaining knowledge, skills, and expertise in how money works. In the banking sector, he worked his way patiently from the grassroots level to be an executive board member at UBS. He leveraged on this bulk of knowledge by quitting banking to start his own business.
In 2014, Mike ventured into entrepreneurship. He co-founded Swiss Startup Factory with Max Meister and Oliver Walzer. He was driven by the passion to work with the youths and the many people in Switzerland who were struggling to get their business up and running.
In the company, Mike spends most of his time mentoring young tech startups. Mike helps to guide the young digital firms on the numerous opportunities that there are in the global market. He also assists them to acquire managerial skills so that they can run their company efficiently after the three months of the accelerator program. His efforts have made an indelible impact on the Swiss start-up industry.
Swiss Startup Factory has helped many firms bring their revolutionary ideas to life. They run the accelerator program that runs for three months. The program entails intensive mentorship, guidance, and learning. The skills they learn are aimed at helping them to thrive in the competitive market and to run their companies to profitability.
Apart from coaching and mentoring the startups, the firm is also involved in fundraising and funding the startups. From his experience in banking, Mike understands that the most significant challenge that startups face is getting finances.
Swiss Startup Factory works in collaboration with other partners such as Red Bull Media House, AMAG amongst others. Their collaborative work has seen the Swiss digital field experience an upsurge of entrepreneurs who are innovative and ready to take on the market.
Mike has also participated in the START Summiteer held at the University of St Gallen. It is a startup pitching contest, and he participated as a jury.