Mike Baur is no stranger to the private banking sector in Switzerland. So it came as no surprise when he started making his move on starting a venture of his own. Mike’s love for finance and banking started in his early teens while he was still pursuing his education in the small town of Fribourg in Switzerland. He went on to pursue his dreams and joined the MBA program at the University of Rochester. He also got an executive MBA from the University of Bern to further add to his resume. Mike has spent more than 20 years in the Swiss Private Banking sector making his way up from a commercial apprentice at UBS to spearheading one of the biggest start-ups of the nation in the form of the Swiss Start-up Factory. He also worked with Clariden and Sallfort during his brief career in the banking business.
The Swiss start-up factory is the brainchild of Mike Baur and his experience as a private banker was an integral aspect in the formation of the company. He co-founded the company along with two other partners, Max Meister and Oliver Walzer. The Swiss Start-up Factory was started to support young entrepreneurs to help in their business making endeavors. The Swiss Start-up Factory happens to be the top independent and privately funded ICT startup accelerator in Switzerland. The company runs a regular three-month accelerator program for technopreneurs on a regular basis which involves giving coaching and mentoring to young digital entrepreneurs in areas like finance, entrepreneurial network, investor network and providing with infrastructure facilities.
The company recently underwent a massive change announcing a partnership and collaboration effort between them and the Geneva-based Fintech Accelerator Fusion. The two companies will work on a niche of things including start-up pre-selection process, mentor network exchange, joint events and sharing office spaces with start-ups. Mike Baur and Michael Hartweg remain at the forefront of the business affair. The partnership allows for innovation and new ideas to serve itself as the leading center of digitization in the financial sector. The year 2016, also saw Mike Baur becoming the deputy managing director of CTI Invest and is also being foreseen as the successor of the current managing director Jean-Pierre Vuilleumier.