The Start to the Start-up: Mike Baur

Mike Baur, one of the founders of the Swiss Start-up Factory, a company that seeks out digital entrepreneurs to provide them with coaching, mentoring, and office spaces in the heart of Zurich in an effort to boost their careers, has around 20 years of experience in the banking industry. He is also responsible for raising funds and aiding to the finances of the Swiss Start-up Factory.

From a young age, Mike Baur grew up in the Switzerland region with a strong fascination in Banking and Finance. He spent two decades working his way up the ranks from just a commercial apprentice until he attained the status of executive board member at a large Swiss Private Bank. From there, in 2014, and at the age of 39, Mike Baur left his banking career and helped found the Swiss Start-up Factory which would go on to become the number one privately financed Startup Accelerator in Switzerland.


This next step, a true gamble, has proven widely influential and successful for both Mike Baur, his partners, and rising entrepreneurs.

The Swiss Start-up Factory is affectionately called a factory because the purpose is to, essentially manufacture new businesses. The hope is to give aspiring business men and women a leg up and teach them how to roll up their sleeves and work hard for success. In many ways, Mike Baur considers himself lucky to have been in the banking business when he was, although that does not at all diminish the hard work he put in to achieve his status.

Success is a combination of many things. Still, when it comes down to the individual it is all about being hands-on, professional, and getting the work done in any way possible. From time to time, there may be risks that need to be taken. If there is anything that one can learn from Mike Baur it’s that even after steadily rising for 20 years, a little risk can go a long way.