Mike Baur is a co-founder and executive chairman of the Swiss Startup Factory. His role as the chairman is to oversee the financing rounds and fundraising at the accelerator. He has secured partnerships for the startup factory in the past with companies such as Fintech Fusion and the Goldbach Group.
The Swiss Startup Factory was started in 2014 to help bring forth global and innovative companies. The accelerator offers a three-month program where startups receive financing, office space, and mentoring. These startups also get to tap into the various entrepreneurial network that the startup factory has amassed over the years. The Swiss Startup Factory is the top early-stage technology startup accelerator in Switzerland today. This is attributed to the number of successful startups that have benefitted from the program.
Baur has been involved in various capacities in the startup scene of Switzerland. He was a member of the jury at START Summiteer. This is a startup competition that was held at the University of St. Gallen. Mike Baur was named the deputy managing director of CTI Invest when the startup factory partnered with the company in 2016.
Baur attended the University of Applied Sciences in Bern where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Banking and Finance. Baur later earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Rochester in 2008. Baur started his career at UBS as a commercial apprentice before his promotion to the wealth management department of the bank. He joined Clariden Leu as the business head of Private Banking in 2008. He was promoted to head of private banking where he was in charge of the whole of Switzerland in 2011. Baur held the position for a year before leaving Clariden Leu to take up the same role at Sallfort Privatbank AG.
Baur started Think Reloaded AG in 2014. He has served as its President till date. He was appointed the vice president of the Innovation Lab Fribourg in 2015. He still holds the position to date. Baur serves as a member of the boards of a couple of companies that the Swiss Startup Factory has invested. Baur’s career was profiled in a post that appeared in the Wall Street Journal in December last year. He had a successful banking career before he decided to leave to focus on startup investing.