Mike became conscious of the importance of youth participation in the business sector during his own movement through the ranks; first in the legal field and later in the banking sector. He became a mentor to Swiss youth organizations to which he has lent his support. As a young entrepreneur, Mike Baur realized his true potential by overcoming current widespread norms in his creation of a new paradigm in business models where early stage startups participate in a three month program that provides a unique platform of services, which includes financial services, coaching, mentoring, office space, and access to an unique entrepreneurial and investor network. Priorities clear to him through his ascent from being a commercial apprentice at UBS to an executive board member of a large private bank in Switzerland.
Definitely a driving force, Mike Baur has dedicated himself to being an inspiration and finds his work to also be his passion; a real advantage to the youth he mentors, his tireless dedication motivates and champions them towards their personal business goals. He accomplishes this being an active board member of several Swiss companies. With astounding openness Mike allows contacts internationally to connect and be mentored.
Mike Baur is dedicated to this process having seen how remarkable the results are.
As an influencer and mentor he is able to change the learning process during the cultural startup development of these new companies. He often appears as a keynote speaker at universities, small and midsize businesses as well as startup events with a commitment to pay forward to accelerating startup entrepreneurs in Switzerland.
Mike Baur is Co-Founder and Director of the Swiss Startup Association; holds a MBA from University of Rochester New York as well as an Executive MBA from University of Berne. After more than 20 years in private banking, Mike founded The Swiss Startup Factory (SSUF), together with two others, as well as the Startup Acceleration work, Startup DNA, Startup scouting, Startup investments, It is worth reading up on the SSUF because it is the No1 independent and privately financed early stage ICT Startup Accelerator in Switzerland.