Mike Baur is among professionals who have helped build entrepreneurship, particularly through offering support to upcoming entrepreneurs. While he worked as a banker in the Swiss banking industry, he saw many unmet needs in the world of entrepreneurship, and most of these highlighted entrepreneurs who had dreams but could not proceed for the lack of resources to fuel their dreams. Therefore, Mike Baur ditched his lucrative career as a banker to pursue the course of helping other entrepreneurs make their dreams a reality. He founded the Swiss Startup Factory, an incubation hub that mentors and financially supports entrepreneurs with creative ideas in tech.
As a banker, Mike Baur worked in the banking industry for more than 20 years, and this includes working for Clariden Leu and UBS. He quit his job as a banker to invest in startup companies, and from this move also came some motivation to come up with a facility that would accommodate entrepreneurs who had ideas that could grow into successful businesses. He co-founded the Swiss Startup Factory in 2014 together with Oliver Walzer and Max Meister.
When they launched the Swiss Startup Factory, Mike Baur worked as a member of the jury in the START Committee, whose work as to review startup pitches submitted. In January 2016, he was appointed to work as the deputy managing director overseeing CTI, which had just partnered with the Swiss Startup Factory. Mike oversaw the accelerator program of the Swiss Startup Factory and helped to initiate several partnerships including the one made between the company and Fintech Fusion.
After committing to working as a banker for 20 years, Mike Baur chose to pursue a path he thought was more inspiring to his quest for freedom. He left a career as a banker when he was at the peak of success and became an entrepreneur in 2014. He worked for UBS through the 1990s and with his great effort he was promoted to several ranks including working as a member of an important advisory team. He left UBS in 2008 and soon after joined Clariden Leu, where he held a top position for six years.
Despite receiving admirable paycheck, he left the job and pursued entrepreneurship, where he began by investing in startups. He even proceeded to co-establish the Swiss Startup Factory, a company whose sole purpose is to spot talented startups then offer them the required incubation and financial support.