Mike Baur is an entrepreneur as well as a businessman. He helped co-found and continues to help manage a company known as Swiss Startup Factory. Before this, he was in banking for more than twenty years. Some of his past companies in which he worked for were UBS and Clariden Leu. He quit his banking career, however, because he wanted to start investing in startup companies. After doing this, he began his company in 2014 with his business partners Oliver Walzer and Max Meister. He also participated as a member of the jury during a start-up pitching contest located at the University of St. Gallen, which was known as START Summiteer. It was in the beginning of 2016 that his company Swiss Startup Factory partnered with the company CTI and he was named the Deputy Managing Director of CTI Invest. He led the Swiss Startup Factory through the accelerator program around this time, as well. Mike Baur’s career from the very beginning in Swiss banking all the way to his startup business investments and his entrepreneurial endeavors were all profiled in the Wall Street Journal.
Baur is frequently a key note speaker at many different universities as well as many different corporates. He is also the key note speaker at different startup events. He has a commitment to giving back the knowledge that he has received throughout the years about accelerating startup ideas throughout Switzerland and also developing digital companies. Through these things, his goal is to impact as well as inspire those in Switzerland to get up the courage to come up with their own startup ideas.
It is clear to see that Mike Baur is passionate about his work. He believes that the best solution to the different challenges of digital transformation is to close the gap between the old economy and the new economy. Because of this and his mission to get this gap closed, he acts as a Digital Board Member in numerous different Swiss companies. Although his biggest passion is his work and educating others, he is also passionate about sports. Baur is especially interested in his hometown sports teams including the hockey club Fribourg Gotteron and the professional Swiss tennis players that perform on the ATP tour. He is not only very impressed but also very fascinated with how much the DNA of those who are top athletes resembles those who have started a top startup company.