Mike Baur; The Banker Turned Technology Investor

Mike Baur is a technology startup investor and a former banker. Baur attended the University of Bern where he graduated with a Bachelor of applied sciences degree in Banking and Finance. Mike holds a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Bern. Baur worked at UBS Fribourg in its wealth management unit for several years. He was appointed the director of Key Client Group Switzerland in 2002 and worked there until 2008.

 

Mike moved to Clariden Leu Bank in 2008 to head the business area of its private banking unit. He became the head of private banking in Switzerland for Clariden Leu three years later. Mike moved to Sallfort Privatbank AG to take up the same position in 2012. He is noted for shifting his career when he was at the peak. Mike decided to leave the finance industry even though he was an executive board member at the bank. He founded Think Reloaded AG. This is a think tank that is based in Zurich.

 

Baur was named the vice president of Innovation Lab Fribourg in 2015. He still holds the position today. The innovation lab supports students in universities to come up with new solutions and technologies. Baur was one of the judges at START Summiteer. This is a startup contest that was held at the University of St Gallen. Mike is the co-founder of Swiss Startup Factory that he started with Olivier Walzer and Max Meister. Baur is the managing partner of the accelerator that incubates startups for three months. They provide a co-working space, accounting services, funding, and general consultancy. The incubated companies also get access to the huge network.

 

Mike has been instrumental in establishing partnerships with other enterprises including Fintech Fusion and Goldback Group in 2016. Baur was profiled by the Wall Street Journal in 2016 for his achievements and his role in the Swiss startup scene. Baur was appointed the deputy managing director of CTI Invest after the Swiss Startup Factory and the company partnered last year. The company is a financing platform that invests in early-stage and late-stage startups in Switzerland.

 

They also organize events for high-tech startups where investors and founders can network and connect. Mike is the founder of the Swiss Startup Association. It advocates for a better legal and financial environment in the country. Baur is considered one of the pioneers of the uprising of the startup ecosystem in Switzerland.

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