Mike Baur is a Swiss businessman who started out his career in the banking industry. Over the course of several years, Baur rose in the ranks of Swiss Banks eventually earning the role of the Head of Private Banking at the industry giant Sallfort Privatbank AG. In 2014 he turned his attention to the burgeoning startup culture of Switzerland and decided to use his knowledge, skills, and network to help other entrepreneurs develop new companies.
Think Reloaded AG was the first company that Mike Baur founded. Over time he developed his ideas and methods and was one of the founders of Swiss Startup Factory which has its headquarters in Zurich. Focused on the digital industry, they run a three-month program. During this program, the entrepreneurs of a new company are taught what they need to know in order to find success with their new product and company. They are also provided with offices and other essentials including business services.
One of the most important things when launching a company, besides a lot of hard work, is having the right connections to develop the concept of your company as well as investors that supply the money needed to get the new venture off the ground. Mike Baur developed both of these during his banking years, knowing a lot of people who are venture capitalists as well as entrepreneurs who can help those who need their advice. Mike Baur connects these people with his clients at the Swiss Startup Factory.
The entrepreneurs that come to Swiss Startup Factory are taught how to develop a pitch for their company that will answer the questions of those who would invest in their company. Mike Baur and other mentors and coaches teach them how to put this pitch together in a way that explains what their product is all about and how it will make money. In this way, they will receive the funding they need to have success in the digital space.
In 2014, Mike Baur was a judge at a pitching contest that took place in Switzerland. The contest, called the START Summiteer, encourage participants to put together the best, most effective pitch of their business idea. About 30 entrepreneurs were involved who pitched their presentations to Mike Baur and the other judges. By participating in this contest, Mike Baur helped to put Swiss Startup Factory on the map as one of the movers and shakers of the Swiss startup industry.