Mike Baur attended the University of Applied Science in Bern where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Banking and Finance. Mike also has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Bern. He started his career at UBS Fribourg in the wealth management department and worked there for nine years. Mike later moved to the company’s office in Zurich where he worked in KeyClient Group Switzerland. His career at UBS was meteoric because he was an executive board member by the time he left even. He started as an apprentice at the bank. He was hired at Clariden Leu as the Business Area head of private banking after nearly 20 years at UBS in 2008. Mike was promoted to the head of private banking in the whole of Switzerland after three years. He then joined Sallfort Privatbank as the head of private banking. He maintained the position for two years.
Mike quit his job in the banking industry to become an investor in startups in 2014. Baur has been recognized as one of the most instrumental people in the Swiss startup ecosystem in recent years. He cofounded the Swiss Startup Factory with Max Meister and Oliver Walzer. The factory is a three-month accelerator that provides startups with co-working spaces, financial investment, mentorship, and coaching. Baur is currently the Executive Chairman and oversees the fundraising rounds of the accelerator. Some of the startups that have passed through the accelerator include Car helped, Blinkers, Struckd, and Beaconsmind. Swiss Startup Factory is the top private ICT accelerator in the country today.
Baur founded the Swiss Startup Association in 2015 and is its acting director. It has been described as the voice of startups in Switzerland and seeks to improve the ecosystem so that they can thrive. It has advocated for better regulations so that it can be easier to start a startup and grow it without any obstacles. It is also marketing the startup ecosystem to the outside world so that more venture capitalists can invest in the startups.
Mike was appointed the Deputy Managing Director of Swiss Startup Invest early last year. The company invests in startups at different stages and organizes some events every year for startups. Baur is the Vice President of the Innovation Lab in Fribourg. The lab supports student entrepreneurs who might have ideas but lack the finances to grow it. The company ensures that these entrepreneurs get the resources that they might need through its vast network of investors and mentors.