Mike Baur And Swiss Startup Factory Are Helping Young Entrepreneurs
Mike Baur is known as a very successful Swiss businessman and entrepreneur. But he is much more than that. He is a man that has made his life-long dream of being involved in banking become a reality and is now using his time and resources to help other people’s dreams of being in business become a reality. To do so he has co-founded and is managing partner of the wildly successful Swiss Startup Factory. The company is a new business incubator designed to help young Swiss entrepreneurs get the tools, support and resources they need to succeed. Swiss Startup Factory is helping to make the future of the Swiss economy brighter.
As a youth Mike Baur had an interest in banking and finance. But he did more than just dream. He worked hard to make it a reality. He left the Fribourg region in Switzerland where he was raised and by the time he was 19 he had earned an MBA at the University of Rochester New York and an Executive MBA from the University of Bern. He then spent the next 20 working his way up through Switzerland’s private banking industry. He began at UBS as a commercial apprentice and by age 39 when he retired, he had become a member of a large private Swiss bank’s executive board.
Rather than get caught up in personal pursuits, Mike Baur focused instead on the future of the Swiss economy and the hopes and dreams of young Swiss entrepreneurs. Together with his friends Oliver Walzer and Max Meister, he decided to do something positive about it. In 2014 the trio founded Swiss Startup Factory. The independent, privately-financed startup accelerator uses a dedicated business-driven process with ambitious milestones to help young entrepreneurs in Switzerland to succeed. Swiss Startup Factory is now Switzerland’s number one rated business incubator.
Baur invests a great deal of his time, talent and resources to the endeavor. Plus he also works with several other organizations working with Swiss startups through the Goldback Group and Fintech Fusion. Not only does Baur lend financial support to these programs, he also personally mentors many of the young entrepreneurs involved in them. He also draws on his experience with and connections to financial institutions like Clariden Leu and a vast international network of entrepreneurs to provide the young people in Swiss Startup Factory the support and opportunities they need to do well.