Mike Baur is a serial entrepreneur, investor, speaker, author, and startup enthusiast based in Switzerland. He has worked in the banking industry for over two decades, which has enabled him to gain extensive experience in the field of business management, banking, finance, operation management, business development, recruitment and staffing, and more. After working for over twenty years in the banking industry, Mike felt the need to move on to accept greater challenges and fulfill his dream to become an entrepreneur. With this in mind, he started Swiss Star Up Factory with two of like-minded entrepreneurs, Oliver Walzer and Max Meister.
Before starting as an entrepreneur, Mike Baur worked with leading banking organizations such as UBS and Clariden Leu. As a serial investor, he has invested financially in many of the Swiss Start-up companies over the years and continues to lookout for new ventures. Mike Baur participated as one of the jury members at the highly significant START Summit, which is a pitching contest for new start-up ventures, organized by the University of St. Gallen. He also serves as the Deputy Managing Director of the leading venture capital firm CTI Invest, which partnered with his organization Swiss Start-Up Factory in 2016. The accelerator program of Swiss Startup Factory was headed by Mike Baur in collaboration with the Goldbach Group and Fintech Fusion in the year 2016.
Due to the various entrepreneur ventures, he has invested in and his significant contributing role in boosting the entrepreneurship in Switzerland, he was even featured in Wall Street Journal. He is the owner of Think Reloaded AG, co-founder at Swiss Startup Association, Vice President at Innovation Lab Fribourg and deputy managing director at Swiss Startup Invest. He started his career after completing his academics as a commercial intern in one of the leading Swiss Bank. In a very short period after he joined as a commercial apprentice, he climbed the ladder of success to become the head of private banking at one of the leading business organization.
Mike Baur did Bachelor of Applied Sciences from the University of Applied Sciences Bern and went on to pursue Masters in Business Administration from the University of Rochester. He further did an executive MBA from the Universitat Bern to add to his skill set. He is one of the leading and most sought after speakers in Switzerland today in the field of entrepreneurship and has helped many of the startup ventures to achieve success in their respective fields.