Background of Mike Baur
Mike Baur is a renowned entrepreneur behind the success of a series of enterprises. He was born in Fribourg, Switzerland, a region in which he is still firmly connected. As a teenager, Mike Baur had an interest in the subject of banking and finance. Through hard work and determination, Baur made his early passion as his profession.
Today, Mike Baur serves as a co-founder and managing partner of Swiss Startup Factory. He holds an MBA from Rochester University in New York as well as an Executive MBA from the University of Bern. Previously, Mike worked as a banker at UBS Clariden Leu for close to two decades. Later on, he left the banking sector for investment. Mike would invest in startup companies before joining forces with Max Meister and Oliver Walzer to start Swiss Startup Factory in 2014. Besides, he participated as a jury member at the START summiteer, a start-up pitching contest organized by St Gallen University.
In January 2016, Mike Baur made his way up to the post of CTI’s deputy managing director. In the fall of 2016, he led Swiss Startup Factory through its accelerator program in partnership with Goldbach Group. In February 2016, Swiss Startup Factory joined forces with Fintech Fusion to further develop the Swiss startup ecosystem. In December 2016, Mike Baur’s career was profiled as an entrepreneur and startup investor by the Wall Street Journal. Mike Baur spent almost 20 years in Swiss private banking before becoming a commercial apprentice at USB as well as an executive board member of Swiss private banking.
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In January 2016, Mike Baur launched Next Generation, a forum that brings together experts in different industries to exchange and transfer knowledge to students. The idea for starting Next Generation was to ensure that all students have access to tools needed by startups. Later on, Mike Baur launched Startup Bootcamp, which consists of a series of events, workshops, and startup acceleration programs throughout the year. Through this program, young entrepreneurs can enroll in acceleration programs.