Mike Baur: At the Heart of Swiss Startup Factory


Mike Baur is a businessman and entrepreneur from Switzerland. He is also a co-founder and a managing partner in the Swiss Startup Factory. Before starting the Swiss Startup Factory with his partners, Mike Baur had worked for more than 20 years in the banking sector, accumulating plenty of experience in this sector. During this time, he worked for reputable banking institutions such as UBS AG and Clariden Leu.



Mike started his banking career as a commercial apprentice at UBS. Through his efforts and dedication he rose up the ranks to become an executive board member of Clariden Leu, a large private bank in Switzerland.


With over 20 years of experience and exciting journey in the banking sector, Mike quit the banking sector to start investing in startup companies. At the age of 39 in 2014, in combined efforts with his two partners Oliver Walzer and Max Meister, they founded Swiss Startup Factory. This is the Swiss number one private and independent ICT Startup Accelerator.


Through the Swiss Startup Factory, Mike has been investing a lot of time and resources in the Swiss youth. This is mainly directed towards youth entrepreneurship where he offers finances and mentorship. Mike is also a co-founder and a director in the Swiss Startup Association.


In 2016, Mike Baur participated in the START Summiteer as a member of the jury. This is a startup pitching contest, an initiative of the University of St Gallen. In the same year, CTI partnered with the Swiss Startup Factory to form CTI Invest. Mike was named the deputy managing director of CTI Invest.


Under the leadership of Mike Baur, Swiss Startup Factory went through its accelerator program in conjunction with Goldback Group. In addition, the factory also partnered with Fintech Fusion in early 2016. Due to his achievements, the Wall Street Journal profiled Mike Baur’s career and journey from the banking sector and entrepreneurship to becoming a startup investor. This was in December 2016.


Mike Baur holds a MBA from the University of Rochester in New York. He also has an Executive MBA from the University of Berne.


Swiss Startup Factory

The Factory under the leadership of Mike Baur, operates to ensure that digital entrepreneurs thrive. Since their launch in 2014, they provide opportunities to the entrepreneurs from the first day using their strong networks worldwide. Through the accelerator program, a unique platform that includes mentoring and coaching, office space and entrepreneurial networks is provided.