It might take you some time to discover your passion. As for Mike Baur, it took him 20 years to figure out what he wanted with his life. Today, despite the difficulties that he has been involved in, he is one of the most renowned investors and entrepreneurs from Switzerland. His greatest achievement is establishing Swiss Startup Factory and Swiss Startup Association. He is still recognized as a director and a founding partner of these organizations. These are two ventures that he masterminded in the year 2014. Like mentioned earlier, Mike Baur had spent two decades of his life in the banking industry.
His startups are known around the world for funding promising ideas and projects. Mike Baur has been shaped by the education he received when growing up. For his first degree, the Swiss Factory founder attended the University of Rochester New York. He holds an MBA and an Executive MBA from University of Rochester and the University of Berne respectively. In Switzerland, he is recognized as a mentor and a citizen who believes in the ability of talented young people. From the year 2002 up to 2008, Mike Baur used to work with an institution called UBS Wealth Management. Later on, Mike Baur got an opportunity with Clariden Leu. He worked with this company until the year 2012. During this period, he held several positions such as the head of private banking and as a private banker when he joined the company.
In the year 2012, he got frustrated with Clariden Leu, and he sought to move on. He landed an opportunity with Sallfort Privatebank AG for two years. This was the last company he worked for as he decided to go out and chase after his dreams as a private entrepreneur. His first two firms were known as Think Reloaded and Baur IS. Other than the mentioned firms, Mike Baur is involved with other firms under different positions. For a company like the Innovation Lab Fribourg, Mike Baur is the acting vice chairman. His role with this organization is helping businesses and engineering faculties to come up with ideas that are likely to change the world. Mike Baur is also involved with a company called Swiss Startup Invest as a deputy managing director.
With the Swiss Startup Factory, Mike Baur has set up a three-month accelerator program that determines whether a project if fit for funding. With his expertise, he helps young people familiarize with several issues such as invoice management, bookkeeping and VAT reporting.