Mike Baur and the Success of Swiss Startups

Switzerland is one of the few countries that have had a long tradition of excellent banking and the country owes a large part of its fame to its world renowned banking and financial sector. It is home to some of the biggest banks and most reputable financial institutions in the world along with the biggest names in the industry. Among these top names is that of Mike Baur, the founder and managing partner at Swiss Startup Factory. Mike Baur is a man with decades of experience working within the banking and finance industry and has worked at several international institutions before founding the one where he currently serves as the managing partner.

He started his career more in banking more than 20 years ago by working as one of the commercial apprentices at UBS. From this humble station, Mike was able to slowly claw his way up over more than two decades and eventually rose to the top echelons of an international Swiss Private Bank where e served as a board member. Aged 39, Baur and two of his partners got together in the year 2014 when they decided to establish the Swiss Startup Factory. The company they founded as seen tremendous success over the years and is today regarded as the number 1 privately funded and independent ICT Startup accelerator in the country even though it is still in its early stages of life. Not many startup accelerators in the country can boast of achieving the same success in such a short time.

In terms of education, Mike Baur is a holder of an MBA which he earned from the University of Rochester in New York in addition to an executive MBA which he obtained from the University of Berne. Professionally he has worked for several big companies and, in addition to the Swiss Startup Factory he is also the director and co-founder of the Swiss Startup Association.

Among the many accolades and awards that Mike Baur has earned over the years including being profiled in December last year in a Wall Street Journal articles that covered his career and rise from starting as a banker to success as an entrepreneur and startup investor. In is work with the Swiss Startup Factory he was named as CTI Invest’s deputy managing partner following the partnership that was established between the two companies in January of 2016. He continues to support numerous Swiss startup companies both financially and through mentorship.


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