Mike Baur, entrepreneur and former Swiss banker, is the managing partner of the Swiss Startup Factory. Having worked in banking for over 20 years with USB and Clariden, Baur knows the finance side of business better than most CEO’s behind massive corporations. Starting the SSUF with Max Meister and Oliver Walzer in 2014, Baur has been building his success story since that time with young startups. Baur’s goal is to take these startups in their infancy, and turn them into cash generating machines in record time. Albeit his goal is to help them reach their goals sooner rather than later, Baur is fully aware of the unique challenges these entrepreneurs face and what they need from all aspects of their startup.
With a long banking career, Baur was ready to do something new, and helping others is what Baur was focused on. His passion for watching the Swiss economy continue to grow was based on the foundation of helping young Swiss entrepreneurs find their passion and help them launch a viable business from the time of inception and help them gain momentum as they continued to build their business. Throughout Baur’s career prior to the SSUF, he participate in various events that were directed at helping others succeed using their unique gifts and talents.
One of the events, a startup-pitch contest at the University of St. Gallen, was one of the events where he was a jury member, sharing his vast knowledge and expertise. Baur was also a managing partner of CTI Invest, prior to the parntership between the SSUF and CTI. The primary support for this partnership came through a program known as an accelerator program that was designed to help entrepreneurs get launched faster with all of the tools and resources they would need. This was sponsored by the Goldback Group, and the sponsorship was finalized in 2016.
Another sound endeavor was the Fintech Fusion, a group formed for the sake of focusing on the fintech industry and all related endeavors. Baur’s career from his early days and up until his start with SSUF have been noted as one of the most successful careers in Swiss banking and entrepreneurship.
Baur has been forging his path as a startup investment expert, and spearheaded all aspects of the SSUF to help young entrepreneurs achieve their dreams as well as help stimulate the economy in Switzerland.