Mike Baur is the Co-founder and Executive Chairman of the Swiss Startup Factory, a business accelerator company headquartered in Switzerland. The business is aimed at helping new digital entrepreneurs achieve success by providing a bevy of services like financing, coaching, and access to the company’s investor network to them realize their full potential. The Swiss Startup factory prides themselves on quick turnarounds, often helping Digital entrepreneurs achieve results in as little as three months.
As the Co-founder and Executive Chairman, Mike Baur brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Swiss Startup Factor. He is a University of Rochester alumnus who earned an MBA in Business Administration in 2008, as well as an Executive Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Bern, in Switzerland. In 1991, while still attending university, Mike Baur worked for UBS Wealth Management in Fribourg, where gained considerable hands-on industry experience during the 17-years that he was with the company.
In 2008, Baur landed the role of Business Area Head of Private Banking for the private Swiss bank Clariden Leu, a financial institution best known for providing wealthy clients with state-of-the-art advisory services. Baur maintained his role with the bank until September of 2012 when he decided to expand his career horizon. In October of 2012, Baur was named Head of Private Banking for investment manager Sallfort Privatbank AG. In 2014, Baur made the decision to pursue his entrepreneurial ambitions and created Think Reloaded AG, a management consulting firm. This entrepreneurial endeavor proved to be a success, with Think Reloaded AG generating over $200,000 in annual revenue.
In 2015, while still managing his own startup business, Think Reloaded AG, Baur took on the role of Co-founder of a new business enterprise, the Swiss Startup Factory. Baur is a huge proponent of helping startup businesses thrive, and considering that he had already launched his own successful business, and amassed years of experience in the financial sector, the Swiss Startup Factory made good business sense.
In 2016, Baur became the Deputy Managing Director for Swiss Startup Invest, the financial arm for the Swiss Startup Factory; in this role, Baur is tasked with securing financing for the company and is also heavily involved in various fundraising endeavors. Baur’s proficiency in these areas has benefited not only the Swiss Startup factory but also the ambitious entrepreneurs, that have reached out to them for help in growing their businesses. The funds that are generated for Swiss Startup Invest, through fundraising and financing, have helped countless entrepreneurs, giving them access to capital and technology that they may have otherwise not been available to them.