The Catalyst: Mike Baur

Executive and entrepreneur Mike Baur has been extremely interested in the world of finance even as a young boy growing up in Freiburg Switzerland. At the tender age of 16, Mr. Baur would enter the banking industry.

 

Scholastic Career:

Bern University of Rochester – Business Degree

 

Mike Baur would begin absorbing knowledge via his apprenticeship as finance expert for the Union Bank of Switzerland before moving on to various financial institutions and finally launching his own venture.

 

In 2014 he co-founded the Swiss Startup Factory with partners Oliver Walzer and Max Meister. Prior to the Swiss Startup Factory, Mr. Baur was an apprentice at UBS where he was promoted to the highest levels of management. In 2008 he went on to work at the prestigious private banking institution Clariden Leu.

 

Don’t Think It’s Over

Launched in 2014 Think Reload serves as a personalized hub for entrepreneurs. Focused on wealthy entrepreneurs who can invest in unique opportunities Think Reloaded serves in the capacity of a trusted advisor.

 

Swiss Startup Factory: Why was this company created?

The motivation for the Swiss Startup Factory was born from Mike Baur’s own two-decade experience and wisdom in the banking industry. The challenges and frustrations Mr. Baur faced as a young investor led him to formulate a boot camp environment focused on elevating startups based in Switzerland. He was invited to participate in the University of St. Gallen’s start-up competition. He sat on as a juror on the START Summitter.

 

What is START Summitter?

A contest that consists of 30 entrepreneurs. To qualify the firms requesting entry must fall under the $1 million dollar mark for funding. All eligible contestants are each given the opportunity to address the crowd. They are given the floor and allowed to speak about their products, services, business models, and pitches. They are judged by experts from all areas of finance with those startups showing the most potential getting offers from potential investors. Mr. Baur has created a well known and respected think tank.

 

Mike Baur’s 2016 Power Moves:

January 2016 Deputy Managing Director of CTI Invest

February 2016 Launched program with Goldback Group focused on growth

February 2016 Launched partnership with Fintech Fusion

December 2016 Mike Baur’s career and track record in the financial sector get detailed in the Wall Street Journal

July 2016 SSUF Launched partnership with BV4

 

Leaving The World Of Banking For The World Of Tech

Why would Mike Baur abandon the world of banking for the world of startups with a focus on tech?

After working for financial services companies like UBS and Clariden Leu Mr. Baur was ready to move on. His desire had shifted into the tech industry and in particular helping new entrepreneurs in launching their brands.

 

What Does The Swiss Startup Factory Do?

* 3 Month Membership

* Mentoring

* Training Programs

* Funding (qualified startups)

* Provide Offices

* Knowledge of Global Market Products and/or Services

* Network with Entrepreneurs and Tech Professionals In The Industry

* Lectures and talks with Investors in the Field of Funding

 

I think the most important thing about being an entrepreneur is being passionate about what you do. – Mike Baur

 

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