Mike Baur has been fascinated with the banking industry since he was a young teen. He was born in Switzerland and obtained an MBA at the University of Rochester and an Executive MBA at the University of Bern. Spending nearly 20 years in the swiss banking industry, Baur would climb the ranks all the way to board member and worked at respected banks, such as, Clariden and Sallfort. Mike Baur wants to share what he’s learned with fellow entrepreneurs and inspire the people of Switzerland to begin their own startup ideas. He truly believes that the next big Swiss company is a tech company because the time for “digital transformation and big business model shifts is now”. Baur wants to bridge the gap between old and new economies which is a problem that Swiss companies are facing. Baur acts as a digital board member to several Swiss companies because he makes it his mission to see companies adapt to new technologies. Mike is dedicated to “giving back” and is a key note speaker at universities, small and mid sized corporations, as well as startup events. His strong background in banking gives Mr. Baur a strong edge in Switzerland’s startup ecosystem.
Swiss Startup Factory is a company that Mike Baur and two others started back in 2014. Swiss Startup Factory’s mission is to provide young and talented entrepreneurs in Switzerland with a top professional grade execution platform that guides them through a business driven and dedicated process from A to Z with very ambitious milestones. Swiss Startup Factory involves a 3 month accelerator program that covers your startup from start to finish. The program even teaches you how to best utilize your work space. The services provided by Swiss Startup Factory are broad and vast including bookkeeping, invoice management, payroll management, financial statements, tax & VAT reporting, cash flow reports, and progress & financial health reviews. When you sign up with Swiss Startup Factory you can personalize any package to fit the need of your particular business. Struckd, Blinkers, Carhelper, and Beaconsmind are a few businesses that have gone through the Swiss Startup Factory.
Apart from business, Mike Baur LOVES his sports. Fribourg Gotteron would be his hometown hockey team of choice, and he is known to follow his favorite professional Tennis players at the ATP tour.