Mike Baur: The Face of Swiss Entrepreneurship and Achievements
Mike Baur is one the leading Swiss entrepreneurs and businessmen from Switzerland. He is also considered as one of forerunners of entrepreneurship in the country with numerous and successful startups in his portfolio. Prior to his entrepreneurship ventures, he was a successful banking executive who played key vital roles in different positions in the competitive investment and finance sector. Along with his intuitive insights and professional expertise, he is now helping the youth in kick-starting their business ideas. Right now, he is serving as the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Swiss Startup Factory which is considered as the top ICT Startup Accelerator in Switzerland. He is also the Co-Founder and Director of the Swiss Startup Association as well. However, among the young entrepreneurs, he is known as the top entrepreneurship guru and a true mentor.
Mike has more than 20 years of extensive experiences in different banks where assumed different key positions before he began his entrepreneurship journey and started investing in startup businesses. He attended University of Applied Sciences Bern to obtain his B.A.Sc. degree on Banking and Finance in 2000.
Mike started his career in UBS Wealth Management and he worked there for 17 years in different positions till 2008. In 2008, Mike joined Clariden Leu where he worked as Head of Private Banking for around 4 years. Later on, he joined Sallfort Privatbank AG as Head of Private Banking and served there till 2014. Afterwards, Mike decided to embark on an entrepreneurship route and founded Baur IS where he is still serving as CEO. In the same year, he established Think Reloaded which was his second venture. His saga of entrepreneurship kept on booming with his next initiative, Swiss Start-up Factory, an independent and private startup accelerator platform. Through this platform, he has helped a number of technology related startups to kick start their ideas and turn into a profitable business. But his saga doesn’t end here at all. In 2015, Mike co-founded the Swiss Startup Association where he is serving as a Director and trying to develop a sustainable eco-system for Swiss Startups. He is also engaged with Swiss Startup Invest, a financing platform for Swiss high-tech start-up companies as Deputy Managing Director since 2016.
Unlike other entrepreneurs, Mike has a keen interest to motivate and mentor young entrepreneurs with a focus on technology. Hence, he is pro-actively supporting a number of tech startups developed by youths in the country through Swiss Startup Factory. He also served as a jury member in a startup pitching contest at the University of St Gallen called “START Summiteer” to find out and guide the young entrepreneurs. According to Mike, Swiss youth has an immense entrepreneurship potential in them and they need proper guidance and support for this. This is why; Mike has dedicated himself to develop and boost the entrepreneurship sector in Switzerland.