Swiss entrepreneur Mike Baur is the co-founder and executive chairman of Switzerland’s top private new business incubator, Swiss Startup Factory. Baur helped start the company in 2015 when at age 39 he retired after spending 20 years in the banking industry. He also started the boutique strategic advisory for wealthy individuals and families called Think Reload. Mike Baur’s work is legendary in Switzerland. At age 19 he began his banking career as a commercial apprentice with UBS. His natural aptitude for finance and the training his two MBAs provided led Baur to quickly move up through the ranks. When he retired, he was on the board of a major Swiss bank.
Rather than take his considerable fortune and new found freedom and go enjoy all the pleasures the world had to offer, Mike Baur decided instead that he wanted to help as many young Swiss entrepreneurs as possible to be successful. In addition to founding and running Swiss Startup Factory, Baur also works with a number of other organizations helping Swiss entrepreneurs developed the skills and connect to investors and other entrepreneurs so their businesses will do well and grow. He also invests in Swiss digital start-ups to give them the resources they need to succeed.
Raised in the Freiburg region of Switzerland, Mike Baur always wanted a career in banking and finance. He earned MBAs from the University of Berne and the University of Rochester New York at a very young age and began his banking career. Now a husband and father of two, Mike Baur runs a business in the heart of Zurich, Switzerland designed to make other people rich. The idea for Swiss Startup Factory developed because as an investor he found the people behind many of the companies he thought had potential lacked the training, expertise, knowledge and connections they needed for their companies to flourish.
His solution was to create a ‘boot camp’ for young entrepreneurs combined with a business execution platform designed to help the best start-ups. Mike Baur wanted to give them more than just coaching modules. He puts them through a rigorous execution driven experience that prepares them for the often rough and tumble business world. While the Swiss government already offered startup incubators, Swiss Startup Factory is decidedly different. It is more intense and filled with real world business challenges the owners and staff of the start-ups are taught to overcome