Mike Baur lives in Fribough, Switzerland. From the time he was a teen, he knew he was interested in finance. Continuing his education after high school, he attended the University of Rochester in New York. He acquired a MBA degree and then furthered his education by attending the University of Bern to finish an executive MBA. He feels fortunate that his life long desire to work in finance has come to fruition.
Working for over twenty years in banking and investment, he changed directions to invest in startup companies. In 2014, he, Max Meister, and Oliver Walzer co-founded the Swiss Startup Factory. Swiss Startup Factory is an organization that is designed to help new startup companies get started. Swiss Startup Factory’s desire is to create companies worldwide with successful beginnings. They guide startups with financial support, mentoring programs, coaching in all business areas, and link them to an entrepreneurial investment network.
The Swiss Startup Factory accelerates start ups with a three month service that helps every step of the way. Services include bookkeeping, payroll management, tax reporting advise, invoice management, and reports and reviews. This company gives inexperienced entrepreneurs and their companies guidance and provides them with the step by step ways developed from experienced businesses and companies to encourage successful business starts. Knowledge from businessmen who have made companies successful enables newer businesses to succeed when others fail. Guidance through pitfalls and areas where most new businesses struggle enables communities to thrive and have a renewed business community. No longer do new businesses have to make it one their own. Companies like Swiss Startup Factory are designed to encourage and enable new businesses so that new ideas and creative endeavors can make it.
Mike Baur not only helps new businesses grow and prosper, he also gives back to communities. He encourages colleagues and other businesses to be stepping stones and mentors to keep community businesses and entrepreneurs going. New ideas don’t always come from people who are business oriented. Ideas come from many places, and companies like Swiss Startup Factory enables these new creative ideas to develop and serve a community that is ever changing and in need of innovation.