Successful, experienced, financial services professional and entrepreneur Mike Baur is determined to help as many Swiss start-ups as possible to fulfill their potential and bolster the Swiss economy well into the future. After spending 20 years in the Swiss financial services and banking industries, Baur worked with Max Meister and Oliver Walzer to co-found Swiss Startup Factory, an innovative new business incubator, to help young Swiss entrepreneurs. With Baur drawing on his background in banking to help with fundraising and financing, SSF has quickly become Switzerland’s top private new business accelerator.
In Switzerland, Mike Baur’s story is well known. He started his career in banking with UBS as an apprentice in commercial services. A few years later he was hired by the famed Swiss bank Clariden Leu. With a seemingly innate understanding of financial management, Mike Baur earned a series of promotions and by the time he was 39 years old he was on a very large Swiss bank’s directorial board. In 2014, he decided to retire and focus on investing. His two decades in financial services had given him unique insights into what to look for to identify companies with the potential to do well.
But Mike Baur soon realized that the staff at many viable start-ups lacked the training, resources and financial acumen to take their enterprise to the top. Baur decided he would help. He collaborated with Walzer and Meister and designed an innovative, comprehensive, three-month program that could provide new Swiss start-ups with the preparation, resources and support necessary to turn their business dreams into a reality. SSF customizes a service package designed for each start-ups’ unique needs.
Mike Baur and Swiss Startup Factory provides access to finance and accounting support, IT help, business development, leadership and management training, teaches about market analysis, product optimization, pertinent laws and taxes, branding, marketing strategy and more and connects the start-ups to industry experts, mentors and a global network of entrepreneurs and investors.
In addition to his work with Swiss Startup Factory, Mike Baur also helps Swiss entrepreneurs through his work with the University of St Gallen’s START Summiteer, Innovation Lab Fribourg, Swiss Startup Invest, the Swiss Startup Group AG, the Swiss Startup Association and through his collaboration with Fintech Fusion, CTI Invest and the Goldback Group. Mike Baur is on a mission to make it easier for countless entrepreneurs in Switzerland with innovative business ideas to have success.