Mike Baur Takes the Swiss Startup Ecosystem to Greater Heights

Mike Baur’s Career Journey


Mike Baur’s passion for banking and finance started in his early days as a teenager. He was born and brought up in Fribourg, Switzerland. Mike holds an Executive MBA from the University of Bern as well as an MBA from Rochester University. He has over 20 years of experience in the Swiss banking industry. Mike started his career as an apprentice at Clariden before making his way up to the ranks of an executive board member at Swiss private bank.


Mike’s entrepreneurial journey started in 2014 at the age of 39 after co-founding Swiss Startup Factory. The accelerator focuses on mentoring and supporting young digital entrepreneurs. It’s the only startup accelerator running a three-month accelerator program for tech entrepreneurs in Switzerland. Mike Baur is passionate about young digital entrepreneurs. In fact, he devotes much of his time mentoring young entrepreneurs and providing financial aid to promising start-ups.


About Swiss Startup Factory


SSUF was started in 2014 in Zurich to identify and support thriving digital entrepreneurs. It runs a three-month-long accelerator program that helps startups to extend their entrepreneurial network. SSUF creates an opportunity for tech entrepreneurs to go through a structured accelerator program. That helps build thriving businesses that can compete in the global marketplace. During the three-month-long accelerator program, start-ups learn how to develop ideas and pitch them to potential investors. Swiss Startup Factory accelerator program best fits ambitious tech entrepreneurs who want to set the world ablaze with their innovative ideas. Within the three-month period, young tech entrepreneurs learn how to bring their ideas to the market through the lean canvas methodology. Again, Swiss Startup Factory creates a collaborative environment for innovators and experts to build networks.


Still, in 2014, the former banker started Think Reloaded, a new firm that provides financial advice for affluent clients. Two years later, he was appointed the Deputy Managing Director of CTI Invest after the company started to collaborate with SSUF. At CTI Invest, Mike Baur would train young digital entrepreneurs and arrange Swiss Startup Day. During the same year, SSUF allied with BV4 to estimate the monetary value of inventions and ideas. Mike Baur has recently launched the Swiss Startup Group (SSUG) as a parent company. It will act like a startup platform for accelerating the most promising ITC start-ups in Switzerland. Mike serves as its Executive Chairman while Max Meister is the Delegate of the Board.