Before starting up in business for himself, Mike Baur was educated at the University of Applied Sciences Bern where he earned a Bachelor of Applied Science in Banking and Finance, then went forward to the University of Rochester to get his Master of Business Administration from the University of Rochester; and earned his Executive Master of Business Administration in 2008 from the University of Bern. In 1991, Mike went to work for UBS Fribourg Wealth Management for nine years, and then on to UBS Wealth Management in Switzerland for two years, and finally UBS KeyClient Group Switzerland for another six years.
Going to work for Clariden Leu in December of 2008, he was in the Business Area Head Private Banking Switzerland, to Head Private Banking Switzerland, and finally on to Head Private Banking Sallfort Privatbank AG. After Claridon, Mike Baur decided to branch out on his own.
In 2014, with Max Meister and Oliver Walzer, Mike Baur co-founded Swiss Startup Factory. Swiss Startup Factory (SSUF) is a company dedicated to creating global companies that want to shake up the ‘normal’ business model, products, and other prevailing norms. What SSUF does is assist in helping early stage startup companies with the financing needed, coaching, services, office space, mentoring, and to allow access to a large investor and entrepreneurial networks. Mike Baur is personally responsible for financing rounds and fundraising at SSUF and is Executive Chairman.
Mike Baur is a busy man as he is the Deputy Managing Director of Swiss Startup Invest which is the Leading Financing Platform for high-tech start-ups in Switzerland, presenting not only early start-ups, but also later stage start-ups. Swiss Startup is the lead force in transforming the Venture Capitalist scene and Business Angels in to becoming the highest in integrity and competence, plus welcoming other Industrial Partners to participate. Mike is also co-founder of the Swiss Startup Association which is the voice of Swiss start-ups in the sense of wanting better regulations, legal and regulatory tax environment. The goal is to create a friendly start-up environment with Switzerland’s regulators and authorities, and become more politically and socially aware of Switzerland’s start-up ecosystem and more.
Mike is also Vice President of Innovation Lab Fribourg (ILF) which encourages and supports student entrepreneurs from business, natural, and the engineering sciences to present to the market new technologies with support from ILF, in the way of support from other entrepreneurs and investors not only from Switzerland, but worldwide, in addition to mentoring and training. Mike Baur is busy not only with the present but the future of technological start-ups.