Mike Baur: Co-Founder of Swiss Startup Factory

Mike Baur is the startup guru. Through the Swiss Startup Factory, he supports the startups and provides them with tools to succeed in business. He is currently the managing partner of the Factory. He has been serving as the Deputy Managing Director of Swiss Startup Invest since January 2016.


He also serves as the Executive Chairman of the Company. Swiss Startup Factory supports the digital entrepreneurs. They have an accelerator program that provides coaching and mentoring services.


The company different services through the 360-degree program including:

  • Capital for the startups
  • They support through the investment and mentorship program
  • Offer customized packages


Mike has over 20 years in the banking industry, and it all started in 1991. Mike’s career began when he joined the UBS Wealth Management. Soon after completing his Bachelor of Applied Science, Banking and Finance from the University of Applied Sciences Bern, Mike was promoted. He was put in charge of the Wealth Management in Switzerland for two years. He later advanced in his career and was promoted and was in charge of KeyClient Group still in Switzerland. He served in this position for six years.


Between 2007 and 2008, Mike advanced his education and earned his Executive Master of Business Administration from the University of Bern. During the same period, he received his Master of Business Administration from the University of Rochester. His experience attracted the attention of the Clariden Leu and was the Head of Private Banking Switzerland. He served the bank for three years.


For one year, he was the head of Private Banking of the Sallfort Private Bank. In 2014, Mike founded his first company, the Baur IS. He serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Company. He also became the owner of the ‘Think reloaded AG.’


In 2015, he was appointed as the Vice President of the Innovation Lab Fribourg. The Company empowers entrepreneurs in the field of business, engineering and natural science. In the same year, he co-founded the Swiss Startup Association. He has served as the director since 2015. The association provides legal and regulatory services.


As mentioned above, he has been serving as the Deputy Managing Director of the Swiss Startup Invest since 2016. This is a financial platform for the high-tech startups.


Mike has earned excellent skills in the course of his career, and they include:

  • Startups
  • Asset management
  • Investment banking
  • Wealth management
  • Equities
  • Strategy