Mike Baur is the co-founder and executive chairman at the Swiss Startup Factory, a leading privately financed and independent startup accelerator. The Swiss businessman is largely credited for running the fundraising and financing rounds at the tech startup. Mike has become one of the foremost Swedish tech startup investors. He is a board member at various Swiss digital startups.
Mike Baur wasn’t always the successful entrepreneur and investor he is today however. His journey to becoming an important figure in the startup world in Switzerland is a bit interesting to say the least. The Wall Street Journal found it so interesting they featured him in an article in late 2016.
Mike Baur worked in the banking industry for over two decades. He was a finance prodigy, beginning his banking career at the young age of 16. The first job he ever had was working as an apprentice at the Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS). A hiring manager there was so impressed with his financial expertise he told Mike he would be at the top of the company in no time. And Mike Baur proved him right several times over working his way up from apprentice to executive board member. As a young man he was advising some of the richest individuals in the country on investment opportunities.
Mike was so successful at UBS that it was a shock when he left the institution in 2008 after working there for nearly 20 years. He went on to join Clariden Leu, a bank in Zurich. He quit in 2014 to pursue a career as an entrepreneur. The same year he founded strategic advisory boutique Think Reloaded.
Mike also had an itch to help others reach their goals and become successful. He decided the best way to scratch this itch was to assist tech startups headed by young entrepreneurs. This idea led to the founding of the Swiss Startup Factory. So in a nut shell Mike Baur quit his lucrative banking job and went on to become one of the most successful entrepreneurs in Switzerland.
Mike Baur possesses both an MBA and Executive MBA.