Mike Baur is a Swiss entrepreneur based in Zurich. He attained his MBA from the University of Rochester and later gained an executive MBA from the University of Berne. Mike spent close to two decades working as an investment banker in Switzerland before venturing into private business. He was a prominent banker that he even attained a rarefied status in Swiss Banking. He is a perfectionist who pleases his clients with innovative and efficient financial solutions.
His experience working with wealthy Swiss nationals in his banking days gave him the knowledge needed to succeed in the Startup finance industry. In 2014, Mike Baur started Swiss Startup Factory with two partners. The firm looks for young innovative entrepreneurs in Switzerland and helps the young youths to be successful. Being the first privately owned and independent start-up finance company in the country, Swiss Startup Factory has helped numerous projects get the elusive funding needed for starting a business. Although Switzerland has a government-sponsored Startup program which helps young innovators, Mike Baur has found a niche of personalized attention and care to the young companies.
A resilient and focused Mike Baur has coached many technology-based businesses to be profitable. He has the drive to see young people succeed and uses his experience to advise the complex strategic and financial challenges of the modern world. He advises a business to be adaptive of the ever-changing trading landscape. Innovation and loyalty to customers is a key ingredient to success in business. Many companies that have worked with Swiss Start-Up Factory have been satisfied with the extensive support provided by the firm.
The canvas approach business model that Mike Baur uses helps him identify which projects to support. He invests a lot of time analyzing the idea brought and tests its applicability in the real world. This process helps in ensuring that only concepts that will deliver the right products to the consumers get attention. Early market validation and retest of a prototype ensures that his projects are successful in the long-term
Mike is the director of Swiss Startup Association as well as deputy managing director of CTI. He participated the Startup pitching contest the University of Gallen and was one of the judges. He has the aspirations and zeal to see young people succeed and has invested his time and experience to make this a reality. Mike Baur is happily married and a father of two.