Mike Baur is a Swiss entrepreneur who is on a mission of helping young and willing Swiss to start their Startup ideas with a vision of transforming them into big corporation and companies in Switzerland.He emphasizes on the digital transformation and encourages small business to incorporate the modern business model into their businesses to facilitate growth.
Baur attended the University of Applied Sciences Bern in 1997 and graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Banking and Finance in 2000. In 2007, he enrolled at the University of Rochester and graduated with an MBA. He joined the Universität Bern in 2007 and graduated with an Executive Master of Business Administration (E.M.B.A) in 2008.
His career in the banking industry lasted for over 20 years. He has worked with both UBS and Clariden Leu, which are Swiss leading financial institutions. He started off as a commercial apprentice and worked his way to top level management. He later joined the executive board of the Swiss Private Bank.
In 2014, he ventured into a different path by co-founding Swiss Startup Factory. The company’s objectives are to help finance and advise new startups in Switzerland. The company has been involved in several startup projects ever since its formation.
Through their pre-accelerator services, they offer professionally taught pitch training and coaching. They also provide assistance regarding marketing team, IT and account support, product development and introduces your business to an ecosystem of global startups. Through the Growth Accelerator Service, they mainly focus on matured startups. They help them get access to finance through investors, and business development process where they help a business to build, measure and learn from its experience, throughout the process. Through this service, they help a company attain its goals and identify any barriers that might hinder its progress.
Baur’s belief in startup businesses has fueled his ambition of spreading awareness and importance of starting, owning and operating a business. Through Swiss Startup Factory, he envisions a future Swiss economy that will be run by sharp and dedicated entrepreneurs. He invests a lot of his time and skills on the Swiss Youth Entrepreneurship. He is also known to support numerous Swiss startups by offering his knowledge as a mentor, and by providing financial assistance. He co-founded the Swiss Startup Association and is serving as its Director.
He hopes to use the knowledge he acquired in the financial industry to mentor and help transform ideas into businesses.