In some people, the drive to succeed begins early in life. This was definitely the case with Swiss entrepreneur Mike Baur. Before even graduating from Bern University and the University of Rochester, Baur had already begun his career in banking. In 1991 at the tender age of 16, he had already become an apprentice at the Union Bank of Switzerland. It was here that Baur first got an idea of not only how the industry worked, but they had also laid out for him a long-term line of what they thought he should expect in terms of advancement. Baur, on the other hand, had other ideas.
He did work for UBS throughout the rest of the 90’s, landing a key advisory position before hitting 30. This position gave him the experience and knowledge he would need in investment that he would carry into the future. In 2008, he left UBS, moving to Clariden Leu Bank, where he stayed for six years, growing his banking expertise before deciding to move forward again. Tired of the increasing amounts of red tape banks needed to get through, Baur had a new focus, helping start-up tech entrepreneurs.
This is where in 2014, Mike Baur first co-founded and launched Swiss Startup Factory, a venture wholly dedicated to helping promising tech firms find their footing in the business world. The Swiss Startup Factory provides training and mentoring to new tech startups that help lead them down the road to success. They learn valuable skills in marketing their services worldwide, learn to network with peers, investors and successful tech companies. They also learn how to obtain funding from investors in an increasingly competitive market. For the most promising startups, Swiss Startup Factory offers to fund as well, offering three months of free office space and general business funding.
Mike Baur is also a jury member of the START Summiteer contest from the University of St. Gallen, which allows startups to pitch their business ideas in hopes of obtaining funding to launch their venture. He was also recently named as the deputy managing director of CTI Invest a new partner of Swiss Startup Factory.
The Wall Street Journal profiled Baur in December 2016, chronicling his rise from his early years in banking to success as an entrepreneur currently. His passion for helping others find accomplishment in the business world has made him one of the most notable names in this industry.