The Bold and Passionate, Mike Baur.

A renowned businessman, Mike Baur has made a name for himself in the banking sector. With a career stretching over 20 years, he gathered ample experience to ensure success in related fields. He broke away from the world of banking to partner with Oliver Walzer and Max Meister. Together, they started the Swiss Startup Factory where Baur serves as a managing partner and co-founder.

Three years later, the Swiss Startup Factory is proving to be the right choice for Mike Baur with other companies scrambling to be associated with it. Consequently, CTI invests partnered with Swiss Startup Factory, appointing Baur as its deputy managing director.

Mike Baur hails from Freiburg Switzerland. He joined Rochester University and the university of Bern to undertake business degrees, later graduating and securing work at the Union Bank of Switzerland. Over time, he joined different institutions, climbing higher up the banking ladder making tremendous achievements.

Baur made the bold move to shift from banking on to investment back in 2014. He had his eye on the tech-sector which he felt needed a helping hand to get to where it needs to be. Now, young and aspiring technical enterprises can find mentorship and training offered in an incubator program by the Swiss Startup Factory. The young companies can also get funding if they prove to have high potential. The owners behind the companies get to learn, and besides that, they are equipped with knowledge on how to successfully market their products all over the world. There, they learn how to access funds from major investors. This hence provides a solid foundation for these startups, almost guaranteeing them success.

Swiss Startup Factory pushes small startup companies to join pitching competitions. In 2014, Baur sat among jurors in a contest dubbed START Summiteer, held at the Swiss university. Competitors get to present their business plans, models, and products. This competition features 30 participants whose funding is under $1 million. The subsequent winners gain access to investments.

Baur is also the man behind Think Reloaded, a firm that offers financial consultation to clients. He now serves in some institutions leaving his unique mark on each of the many startups he has helped support. The former banker is a board member of BV4. The two join efforts to assess the financial value of inventions and ideas from clients in tech. This way the clients are better suited to get funding from investors. Many startups have greatly benefited from this, slowly strengthening the sector.

 

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