Mike Baur’s Contribution to Innovation in Switzerland

Mike Baur is an entrepreneur from Switzerland. He is the co-founder and the executive chairman of Swiss Startup Factory. His main work at the company is fundraising and financing rounds. The company was started in 2014 with the aim of creating global companies to counter the existing norms and business models.

Baur has worked in the banking sector for over two decades. He worked at UBS as a commercial apprentice. He left UBS and joined Swiss Private Bank where he rose to become an executive board member. He quit and started to invest in startup companies.

In 2014, he met with Max Meister and Oliver Walzer and together co-founded Swiss Startup Factory. Their business involves a three-month program where they assist early stage startups with benefits such as financing, services, training, consultation, office space, and the connection to a big entrepreneurial and investment networks.

Swiss Startup Factory is the Switzerland’s leading autonomous privately funded early phase ICT Startup Accelerator. This factory is an accelerator that looks for emerging digital entrepreneurs. The company operates from its headquarters in Zürich Area, Switzerland.

Baur spends most of his time working in the Swiss youth entrepreneurship. He also provides financial and mentorship assistance to different Swiss startups. Additionally, Baur is the co-founder and director of another organization called Swiss Startup Association.

Education

Baur has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Banking and Finance) from the University of Applied Sciences Bern. In 2008, he earned an MBA the University of Rochester. He also has an Executive MBA, from the University of Berne.

Experience

After finishing his studies, Baur worked in the UBS Wealth Management in the first years of his career. The companies are UBS Fribourg from 1991 to 2000, Wealth Management Switzerland between 2000 and 2002, and KeyClient Group Switzerland between 2002 and 2008.

In 2008, he joined Clariden Leu and worked as the Business Area Head of the Private Banking Switzerland. In 2011, he became the Head Private Banking Switzerland. In 2012, he joined Sallfort Privatbank AG as the Head Private Banking. He left the company in 2014 and founded his firm called Think Reloaded AG, a company he still manages.

Since 2015, he has been working for Innovation Lab Fribourg (ILF) as the Vice President. The company uses its network of mentors, coaches, investors, and business people from Switzerland to assist students in exposing their technologies to the business world.

From January 2016, he has been working at Swiss Startup Invest as the deputy managing director. The company provides assistance to Switzerland’s high-tech startups.

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