Mike Baur is a Swedish businessman who is a leader in the startup industry. He was in the banking industry for several years before jumping into helping entrepreneurs launch new and exciting companies in the digital industry. His success has led to him often being asked to give keynote addresses at university graduations as well as at small and mid-sized corporate events and forums.
When Mike Baur was growing up the world of banking and finance greatly interested him. He attended the University of Applied Sciences Bern and earned his Bachelor of Applied Science in Banking and Finance. With his degree in hand, in 2000 he earned his first position as a commercial apprentice at UBS Wealth Management, one of the largest banks in Switzerland. In December 2008 he joined Clariden Leu as the Business Area Head of Private Banking and in 2012 he was named the Head of Private Banking for Sallfort. Eventually, Mike Baur decided he had lost his passion for this industry and made the leap into accelerating startups.
The company he co-founded, Swiss Startup Factory AG, was itself a startup when it launched in 2014. Mike Baur led the company through its own startup phase and is now the Executive Chairman of the company. His company specializes in a three-month long startup accelerator program which gives entrepreneurs the knowledge, skills, mentoring, business services, and office space they need to create a new and dynamic company.
Swiss Startup Factory has a page on its website dedicated to Founder Stories. These feature interviews with entrepreneurs, including Mike Baur, talking about what it takes to succeed as an entrepreneur. In his interview, Mike Baur stresses just how hard it is to create a startup and how much dedication it has. Most new entrepreneurs enter thinking it’s going to be a lot easier to establish their company and product(s) than it is in reality. Mike Baur says if you’re going to start a company you need to be prepared to roll up your sleeves and work not only really hard but really smart as well.
Mike Baur’s second biggest passion beyond his career is following various sports. He really enjoys following the Fribourg Gotteron, his hometown soccer team. He also enjoys following athletes on the Swiss Tennis Pros tour as well as the ATP tour. He has said that being an athlete and being an entrepreneur utilize many of the same skills and commitment.