After leaving his banking job, Mike Baur entered into entrepreneurship where he would become an authority in mentoring upcoming entrepreneurs. He is currently among most acclaimed entrepreneurs in Switzerland with support spanning across a wide array of sectors including investors who look forward to getting connected with creative entrepreneurs. Mike Baur is the brain behind the establishment of Swiss Startup Factory, a company in Switzerland that helps upcoming entrepreneurs by providing them a platform on which they can get mentorship and finance for their projects.
When Swiss Startup Factory was founded in 2014, Mike Baur joined the jury team that would vet applicants to choose those with the best ideas. To date, the company has helped more than 100 startups, and many investors are happy with the way the mentorship program has produced savvy entrepreneurs in tech. Mike Baur has been overseeing most of the processes handled by the Swiss Startup Factory, particularly paying attention to the accelerator program, which is at the core of ensuring entrepreneurs under mentorship receive the much needed support to get off their feet.
Mike Baur spent his childhood at Freiburg, Switzerland, and when he was young, his goal in life was to become a banker. True to his aspirations, when he joined the University of Rochester, he pursued a business degree. At a young age of 16 years, he was accepted by the Union Bank of Switzerland as an apprentice, and this would mark the beginning of his career as a banker. He worked at the bank from 1991 to 2008. On the same year he left UBS, he got employed by Clariden Leu, where he was assigned a high-ranking position.
At Clariden, he worked for 6 years and despite having a flourishing career, Mike Baur left to pursue entrepreneurship. He wanted to accomplish his dream of becoming an entrepreneur and probably one who would help other young entrepreneurs pursue their dreams. In 2014, he came up with an idea to establish an incubation facility, and with the support of Max Meister and Walzer, his co-founders, the Swiss Startup Factory started operations.
Although many thought leaving a flourishing career in banking as an odd idea, Mike Baur was optimistic of a good future where he would grow to become one of the most notable entrepreneurs in Switzerland. Swiss Startup Factory, his brainchild, is now the most successful incubation hub in Switzerland, all thanks to his relentlessness in pursuing his goals.