At the height of his career, Mike Baur was a financial adviser to the world’s most wealthy countries including being a board member of a handful of Swiss private banks. It seemed that he was destined to have a dynamic career on the same trajectory as many others who had preceded him.
However, The financial crisis in 2008 triggered shock waves felt globally, especially in the financial center of Switzerland. It was then when Mike Baur’s superstar career began to take an surprisingly new direction. In 2014 at the age of 39, he gave up his high salary and all the benefits of his positions in the banking sector and teamed up with Oliver Walzer and Max Meister as founding fathers of the Swiss Startup Factory.
In a relatively short period of time, the Swiss Startup Factory has grown to be an indisputable success and one of the largest and most prestigious start-up ventures developed in the country. In the Swiss Startup Factory Mike Baur role is key, in addition to looking after young entrepreneurs as he is also responsible for financing rounds and fundraising.
Swiss Startup Factory has been successful enough to have entered into partnership with CTI Invest. After the partnership was solidified, Mike Baur became Deputy Managing Director of CTI. During that time frame, Mr. Baur joined in partnership with Fintech Fusion, as well as the Goldback Group. Mike Baur’s success has been so remarkable that in the winter of 2016, he was featured in the Wall Street Journal.
Looking back on Mike Baur’s humble beginnings, it appears his career path has become somewhat poetically symmetrical in the fact that he’s dedicating his time now to help younger entrepreneurs with similar ambitions.
The Fribourg native found himself in the same place at the age of 16 when he was a commerce apprentice at a large bank. After a lengthy stint spanning twenty years at UBS and Clariden Lieu, Mike Bauer also found the time to complete his education with an MBA and executive MBA from the university of Rochester and university of Berne respectively.
Mike Baur’s dedication to his own self-development laid the foundation for personal success. Today, there are many young entrepreneurs involved with Swiss Startup Factory who benefit from the perseverance he demonstrated years ago.