Mike Baur a Financial Expert and Entrepreneur
Mike Baur is an entrepreneur and a businessman who has had a long, inspiring and impressive career in the banking sector. Chris entered the banking sector at a very tender age. He began his banking career at the age of 16. In 1991 Baur a young finance expert joined the Union Bank of Switzerland. He worked at the bank throughout the 90s and served in various positions including the important advisory position. As an advisory, Baur was able to provide wise advice to the rich Swiss investors, including some of the wealthiest individuals in Switzerland. Despite his many achievements at UBS Baur left the company in the year 2008 and joined another financial institution known as Clariden Leu. At Clariden Baur served at senior positions for about six years.
In 2014 with the post-recession banking environment Baur felt he had done enough in the banking sector and needed new challenges. Mike left Clariden to pursue his passion for helping tech entrepreneurs. Baur together with Max Meister co-founded Swiss Startup Factory in 2014. Max is a fellow graduate of Bern University. Swiss Startup Factory is a company that provides young Swiss entrepreneurs with mentoring and training services. In addition, the firm assists with funding to promising startups. Other services that entrepreneurs can benefit from The Swiss Startup Factory include access to rent-free offices in the city of Switzerland, lessons on how to market products or services globally and how to obtain funding from investors. Moreover, the tech firm gives the young entrepreneurs a chance to network with fellow tech entrepreneurs.
Besides directly providing funds to the tech startups, Swiss Startup Factory provides its members with the chance to participate in the pitching contest in which Baur served as one of the jurors in a contest that happened in 2014. The Contest is a START Summiteer which is held at the Swiss university and attracts the founders of 30 new enterprises to participate in public speaking where they talk about their successes, challenges, business models, products, and plans. For a firm to qualify to attend the contest, they must have received funding that is less than 1 million dollars. The jurist consists of seasoned financial experts who evaluate and rates startups to determine who wins. The winner of the contest gets substantial investments.
In 2016 Swiss Startup Factory partnered with CTI Invest and Baur was named the deputy managing director of CTI invest. Baur has led Swiss Startup Factory in a series of partnerships with companies such as Goldback Group and Fintech Fusion.