Mike Baur; One of the Pioneers of the Startup Ecosystem in Switzerland
June 9, 2017 — 1:41

Mike Baur is a technology investor and a former banker based in Switzerland. His work revolves around scouting for startups, advising startups, and connecting them with investors. He started his career in the banking sector as a commercial apprentice at UBS Fribourg. Baur worked in this role for nine years. He moved to a higher position in 2000. He joined the KeyClient Group Switzerland division at the bank two years later. Baur advanced to Clariden Leu as the head of private banking in 2008. This is another top bank in the country.


Baur accepted the same position at Sallfort Privatbank AG in 2012. He worked there for one and a half years. He is noted for his meteoric rise from the bottom to become a top executive at the top banks in Switzerland. He left to become an investor in technology companies after working for two decades in the financial sector. He launched Think Reloaded AG in April 2014. Baur co-founded the Swiss Startup Factory with Oliver Walzer and Max Meister at the beginning of 2015. The accelerator is based in Zurich. It incubates startups for three months. They also provide services such as office space, mentoring, and coaching to teams. The Swiss Startup Factory offers startups a chance to tap into the vast network of investors and industry leaders who can help their companies.


Baur became the deputy managing director of Swiss Startup Invest last year. He gained this role after CTI partnered with the accelerator during one of the rounds. Swiss Startup Invest offers seed funding and late-stage funding to technology companies in the country. They bring together angel investors and venture capitalists to fund companies. They also host networking events where various stakeholders can come and meet the founders and see their products. Baur co-founded the Swiss Startup Association in October 2015. The association is dedicated to speak for upstarts and to make the country more friendly to their growth. They champion for a better tax and regulatory environment that allow them to thrive.


Baur is also the vice president of the Innovation Lab in Fribourg. The lab mentors and supports engineering and business students who have innovative ideas and wish to take them to the market. The lab gives them access to a network of investors, entrepreneurs, and mentors to advise them on how to succeed. He is frequently invited to give talks at universities and startup events because of his rich background in business and startup companies.



Mike Baur and the Swiss Startup Factory- How it all began
October 14, 2016 — 2:15

From the time he was young, Mike Baur has always fancied finance and banking. This led him to be a co-founder of the Swiss start-up factory at age 39. The entrepreneurial venture has marked the start of his journey as an entrepreneur. The Swiss startup company is today an independent and privately funded ICT firm in Switzerland.


In an interview, Mike Baur describes how it all begun. The Swiss Startup factory started in 2014, as a platform that offers entrepreneurial support to digital startup business people. The Zurich based company runs a startup accelerator program that goes for three months. The program itself acts as a place where young minds can access startup services. Young startups get access to mentoring, coaching, an office space and entrepreneurial networks that should ease their path to success.


The accelerator program is the most unique aspect of the Swiss Startup Factory. The company works very closely with startups and contacts them on a daily basis. The interaction with experts provides startups a boost with their program. Experts are the second critical factor with the program. The accelerator program comes with several sessions where startups can tackle their challenges with other experts in the field.


Since the start of the program, Mike has always maintained a constant level of passion that motivates him to work with startups. He has frequently stated that the willingness of startups to make their products key in the market even in the face of barriers highly motivates his work.


About Mike Baur


Mike Baur stays in Fribourg Switzerland where he is deeply connected as a teenager. At a tender age as a teenager, he was always fascinated with marketing and banking. The Swiss Startup factory came to him with great passion and provided untold satisfaction. Mike spent most of his years in the Swiss Private Banking.


At a tender age of 39, in 2014, Mike embarked on his entrepreneurial journey. Together with a partner they were able to start the Swiss Startup Factory. The company has since grown to become a leading privately financed and independent Startup Accelerator in the whole of Switzerland. Mike loves working with the young and spends most of his time with youth entrepreneurship support programs.