Mike Baur is a Swiss serial investor, a sports lover, and business executive. He has a great passion for the use of technology and digital transformation for start-up business as well as the entire Swiss economy. Mike has an education background in financing and business administration. He has an extensive career background in banking before switching to venture into his own business. Currently, Mike Baur is the Co-founder and executive chairman of Swiss Startup Group AG.
In 2000, Mike Baur graduated from the University of Applied Sciences Bern with a bachelor degree in Applied Science, Banking, and Finance. Later in 2007, he joined the University of Rochester for an MBA and the University of Bern for an Executive Masters of Business Administration. Mike Baur began his career in Banking where he worked for over two decades.
Mike Baur started working at UBS Wealth Management in various positions from 1991 to 2008. At UBS, Baur succeeded in working and advising affluent Swiss investors on investment matters. The talented banker switched to Clariden Leu in 2008. At Clariden Leu, Mike became the head of private banking in Switzerland until 2012. From 2012 to 2014, Mike served at Sallfort Privatbank AG as the head of private banking. Mike Baur ditched his lucrative banking career to focus on his passion for tech start-up companies.
Career after Banking
After quitting his banking job in 2014, Mike Baur launched a company called Think Reloaded. The firm provides consultation service to wealthy Swiss people on financial management and investment advice. The same year Mike Baur co-foundered the Swiss Startup Factory with his friends, Max Meister and Oliver Walzer.
The company aids the young aspiring entrepreneurs in technology by providing training and mentoring services. The firm’s program is an educational process where promising tech entrepreneurs are presented with three months assistance. The services are aimed at increasing the success of these companies. The digital entrepreneurs are funded, provided with free offices in Zurich and taught how to market their products globally. Furthermore, the entrepreneurs are given a chance for networking.
Also, Swiss Startup Factory organizes a pitching contest for the tech startups. Organized at the University of St Gallen, the START Summiteer gives thirty new participants an opportunity to showcase their plan, model as well as their product. The contest accepts only those firms with less than $1 million funding. A winner is declared after an intensive analysis by financial experts. The contests assist the promising companies to attract funding and other assistance.
Mike Baur has acted as a jury member in the contests and has collaborated with SSUF. After the Swiss Startup Factory partnering with CTI, Mike was named the deputy managing director in early 2016. His immense management skills also assisted the company to collaborate with Goldback Group through the accelerator program. Mike Baur exciting career has and is admired by many. He has mentored many of the Swiss as well as global young entrepreneurs. His switch from banking career to entrepreneurship was profiled in the wall street journal on December 2016.