Mike Baur is a native Swiss who has always wanted to make Switzerland more attractive to international business. But to attract international trade, Mike needed to learn all he could about the market economy of his home country. Mike earned an MBA from the University of Rochester and an executive MBA from the University of Bern. The valuable knowledge that he received during his college years would prove to be indispensable in his later career. It would be what he uses to encourage and lead the future generation of Swiss entrepreneurs and business owners to their success.
Anyone who knew Mike during his childhood in Fribourg knew that he had an interest in banking and finance. It started when he was a teenager and was just learning about the responsibilities of adulthood. So when he attained his MBA’s, it surprised no one that he would go on to make a successful career out of his passion. Shortly after graduating from University, Mike joined the Swiss banking industry. He spent over 20 years successfully climbing the corporate ladder of many private banks. He dedicated his career to rising through the ranks until he was an executive board member at one of the largest private banks in Switzerland.
Satisfied with his illustrious career in private banking, Mike looked to start a new chapter in his life. In 2014, he decided to become an entrepreneur. Along with two other partners, he’d met during his banking years; they founded Swiss Start-Up Factory (SSUF). SSUF is an independently financed and privately owned company committed to mentoring and supporting young digital innovators. SSUF is the first company of its kind, Switzerland. Unlike other businesses that are just banks that offer financial assistance, SSUF offers a three-month accelerator program that runs a regular schedule. The programs target young entrepreneurs that are involved with technological advancements.
The accelerator program is a shining jewel of Mike’s company. He has always maintained a devoted passion for helping the youths of his community. He never forgets that he was once a young Swiss looking to conquer the economy. It’s because of his fiery passion that he spends so much time and effort supporting youthful entrepreneurship. He focuses on coaching them and providing financial assistance to startups that he finds promising. It’s the whole reason he founded Swiss Start-Up Factory.