Mike Baur is a hero and role model to many people in Switzerland. After a 20 year banking career that saw him start as a commercial apprentice and retire at 39 as a member of the board of a top Swiss bank, Baur has gone on to do great things. When he began investing in Swiss start-ups, Mike Baur realized the staff of many of those companies needed more and better training if their companies were to succeed. Rather than simply shift his investments to more established companies, Baur decided to create a comprehensive training program to help them. With two friends, Mike Baur co-founded Swiss Startup Factory.
The company has been a rousing success. It’s now Switzerland’s top independent new business development incubator. Mike Baur plays a number of important roles in the company. One of them is using his background in banking and finance to raise funds for the company and serve as managing director. Even with all the success Swiss Startup Company has enjoyed, Baur is still driven to do more for young entrepreneurs. He also lent his expertise to accelerators run by CTI Invest, Fintech Fusion, the Goldback Group and the University of St Gallen’s START Summiteer program.
Helping young entrepreneurs was very important to Mike Baur. As a youngster, his dream was to become a banker. To facilitate that, he earned MBAs from the University of Berne in Switzerland and the University of Rochester in New York. He then went on to put together an excellent 20 year banking career. With Swiss Startup Factory, Baur had created an intensive 3 month program. It provides the participating entrepreneurs with training in finance, business management and marketing, along with mentoring, coaching, office space in Zurich and access to an international network investors and entrepreneurs.
A husband and father of two, Mike Baur also has many other business interests. He is the founder and principal of the boutique investment firm Think Reloaded. Plus, Baur also works in coordination with BV4, a company which offers appraisal services to estimate the cash value of inventions, ideas and intellectual property. This service is crucial for entrepreneurs trying to get financing. Through Mike Baur young Swiss entrepreneurs receive training and access to exciting business opportunities that can help them to attain their ambitious goals of building thriving, successful companies.
Mike Baur has helped many young Swiss entrepreneurs to build a solid foundation.