Mike Baur: Banker Turned Investor

Mike Baur is a Swiss banker, businessman, and investor. He is the co-founder of the Swiss Startup Factory. Mike earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Applied Sciences in Bern. He then went on to get a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Rochester.

 

Mike was a banker and worked for some top banks such as Clariden Leu and UBS before becoming an investor. He was mainly involved with the wealth management department at UBS. Mike worked in various roles at the company in this department. He left the field to become an investor in startups. Mike co-founded Swiss Startup Factory with Oliver Walzer and Max Meister.

 

The company is located in Zurich. It is a startup accelerator that incubates startups for three months. The Swiss Startup Factory provides other services for startups other than the financial investment. The startups have access to co-working spaces where founders can work and network instead of looking for an office.

 

Mike became a deputy managing director at CTI Invest when the Swiss Startup Factory went into a partnership with the CTI group. He acquired the role because of his stellar work at the factory. The company has partnered with other firms for past programs such as the Fintech Fusion and Goldbach. The accelerator has advocated for better laws that foster a favorable environment for the startups to exist.

 

Swiss Startup Invest aims to be the leading startup investor in Switzerland. It invests in both early and late stage startups that work together with the founders to grow the startups to maturity. It also collaborates with industry partners to look at ways that they can partner with the startups to help each other. The company arranges events for startups that seek to help them learn and network with other startups and potential clients.

 

Mike has been a speaker at some major events. He was a speaker at the World Wide Forum. Mike has also served as a judge at various startup contests such as START summiteer which was held at a university in Switzerland. Mike has also worked for the Innovation Lab Fribourg as Vice President. He was also the owner of Think Reloaded AG. Mike Baur has been influential in the development of the startup ecosystem in Switzerland. His efforts have made it easier for more people to start up startups and grow them into successful companies.