Mike Baur is a co-founder and Chairman of the Board at Swiss Start up Factory. He received an MBA from the University of Rochester, New York. He also earned an Executive MBA from the University of Berne. Mike spent over 20 years in the Swiss Private Banking industry. He started out as an apprentice at UBS. He worked his way up to serving on the executive board of a large Swiss Bank. He started Swiss Startup Factory in 2014, with his partner. They are the number 1 independent and privately financed ICT Startup Accelerator in Switzerland.
In addition to his work at Swiss Startup Factory, Mike spends a lot of time with Swiss youth entrepreneurs and serves as a mentor and also provides financial support. The Swiss Start Up Factory is located in Zurich. It is an accelerator, wanting to back and support, digital entrepreneurs. The company runs a three-month start up accelerator program for young entrepreneurs. They offer platform services, coaching mentoring and office space for rent in the middle of Zurich. They provide a network of entrepreneurs to counsel and guide the beginners.
The Start Up Factories mission is to help startups become global companies. They want to provide any new startup with all the services they need to reach success. Mike Baur is a frequent key note speaker at small and mid-sized companies, startup events and universities. They help startups go from ideas to the marketplace in 3 months. To reach this goal they offer face to face mentoring programs, a collaborative work environment, pitch training, and a network of connections to entrepreneurs and investors.
Mike has worked with many organizations that provide financial services to businesses. He served as Vice President of Innovation Lab Fribourg. The company supported engineering students, business students and natural sciences, to develop new ideas. Mike started out working for UBS from 1991 to 2000 in Wealth Management, He worked with UBS Bank in the Key Client Area from 2002 to 2008. He worked with Business Area Head of Private Banking with Clariden Leu, from 2008 to 2011.Mike was head of private banking at Clariden Leu, from 2011 to 2012. He was head of private banking at Sallfort Privatbank AG, from 2012 to 2014. Currently Mike is head of the Swiss Startup Factory and is involved in raising funds for the company.