The Swiss entrepreneur and co-founder of Swiss Startup Factory, Mark Baur, began his life’s journey in the Swiss town of Fribourg. It would be here that Baur would realize his love for banking and evolve that love into a career. Earning an MBA from the University of Rochester and an executive MBA from the University of Berne, his career would begin as a commercial apprentice at USB. Over the span of 20 years, Baur successfully managed to become one of the most respected individuals in the industry. Eventually, his hard work would be rewarded by becoming a top-level executive at a respected privately owned Swiss bank.
This, however, would not be enough to satisfy the hunger and desire for more that was within Baur. In 2014, he would leave behind his banking career in pursuit of financing the future of the tech field. At age 39, Mike Baur and his partners took on the challenge of building an enterprise from the ground up. From here, the Swiss Startup Factory would be formed; eventually becoming the No. 1 independent and privately financed startup accelerator in Switzerland. Baur’s passion for mentorship of young digital entrepreneurs is the driving force behind the very core foundation of the Swiss Startup Factory. Through his leadership and diligence, Mike Baur encourages innovation as a financier and fundraiser.
Baur seeks to empower and impact the next generation of tech entrepreneurs with the hope of finding the next Swiss tech giant. A frequent guest speaker at universities and small businesses, he seeks to impart his wisdom to the youth by teaching them how to be successful in today’s economy. Baur does this by bridging the divide between the old economy and new one, he does so by financially supporting and mentoring other Swiss startups apart from the Swiss Startup Factory. Through his determination and grit, Baur continues to help and assist the creative and innovative Swiss minds as they navigate the new complex economy. Against the odds, the Swiss Startup Factory stands tall amongst the rest in the field with the help of Mike Baur.