Mike Baur is not just an ordinary Swiss businessman; he is also an entrepreneur as well. Mike is also a managing partner and co-founder of Swiss Startup Factory. The SSUF started its operation in 2014 driven by ambitions to make international companies that disrupt the prevailing norms, business, and products models. The core business of SSUF is a three-month program that offers early-stage startups with services, coaching, financing, office space, mentoring, and access to a large investor and entrepreneurial network.
Mike had worked in banking for over two decades including for Clariden Leu and UBS. He quit starting investing in different startup companies before co-founding the SSUF with a couple of other brilliant minds, Oliver Walzer and Max Meister. Mike participated as a jury member as well at the START Summiteer, and establish pitching contest of St Gallen University. In January 2016, Mike had become deputy managing director for CTI when SSUF partnered with it. In early 2016, Mike led SSUF through its accelerator program with Goldbach Group, as well as its joint venture with Fintech Fusion in the initial months of 2016. In December 2016, the Wall Street Journal profiled his early career to startup and entrepreneurship investments.
He lived at Friborg region because he feels that he is still strongly connected with his hometown. Since the younger age, Baur was a fan of banking and finance. Therefore, he turned his passion for banking and finance and chose the pathway of finance towards a bright future. Because he discovered the path early, he began learning about that since his childhood. So, when he stepped into his professional life, he was full of the knowledge and skills that an individual needs to rise in banking and finance sector. He started his banking career as a bank apprenticeship and due to his hard working became the co-founder of SSUF.
He knew that no doubt skills and experience play a vital role in achieving a goal, but without proper education, he would not be able to achieve what he is planning to. So, he took his formal education from the University of Economics and Administration and gained the necessary theoretical knowledge in addition to the higher management education at the University of Rochester New York and the University of Berne. He invested an adequate amount of time in the young Swiss entrepreneurship and supported many Swiss start-ups both as a coach and through finance.