Born in Freiburg, Switzerland, and schooled at Bern University and the University of Rochester, Mike Baur had always dreamt of becoming a business maestro in the country. In the early 1990s, a teenager Mike Baur set the ball rolling in the business and finance sector by joining the Union Bank of Switzerland. Managers at the bank were impressed by Mike’s skills and tipped him for greatness in future.
Mike Baur stayed at the Union Bank of Switzerland for 17 years before quitting in 2008. Prior to quitting, he was serving as an investment advisor where he rubbed shoulders with the big and mighty in the Swiss investment arena. His responsibilities included guiding investors attached to the bank on matters of banking as well as how, where, and when to invest.
After leaving UBS, Mike’s next destination was Clariden Leu where he served as a wealth management expert for six years. Over the six years, he was promoted to high-ranking positions and got high compensations. However, the banking industry was becoming too monotonous for Mike – he felt unchallenged. He decided to leave everything behind and focus on helping young and upcoming tech start-up owners to grow their trade.
The Swiss Startup Factory
Mike reached out to his college mate Mr. Max Meister with whom they started the Swiss Startup Factory in 2014. The company has an incubator program that not only funds start-ups but also provides them with rent-free offices in Zurich for three months. During that time, startup owners are mentored and trained on how to market their products both locally and internationally. They are also given a platform through which they interact with renowned investors who in most cases buy their business plan and decide to finance them. At the end of the three months, the upcoming tech entrepreneurs set out on their own with an added benefit of having a reliable network of other tech start-ups.
The Swiss Startup Factory has made the dreams of many come true, and by extension, it has impacted positively on the Swiss economy. As such, Mike Baur has attracted admiration not just in his home country but also globally. He has shown the world that dedication and self-discipline can indeed accelerate one’s dreams and at the same time help others accomplish their dreams.
Besides the Swiss Startup Factory, Mike Baur is the founder of Think Reloaded. Unlike the former, which looks into the affairs of upcoming tech entrepreneurs, the latter helps established and affluent entrepreneurs with investment advice.