Mike Baur is the co-founder and the managing partner of the company Zurich, which is a Swiss startup company. Baur is a Swiss businessman and entrepreneur who began his career by investing some spare money in some startup companies before committing to helping start the company Zurich himself. Baur decided after some time that he was done just investing in startup businesses, but he wanted to be an actual part of one. This was when Baur quit his job of 20 years as a banker after helping with clients like UBS and Clariden Leu.
After quitting the banking business at age 39, Baur started Zurich along with Max Meister and Oliver Waltzer co-founding this Swiss Startup Factory. Baur is not the first person to change their career to do something like this, but at the same time, he wanted to do it his own way. That’s what motivated Baur to help start up his own company rather than join one that someone else was creating. Soon after, Baur was also named Deputy Managing Director of CTI Invest when they the Swiss Startup partnered with CTI. Baur also participated in a jury that worked at the START Summiteer which was a start-up pitching contest that he had joined while at the University of St. Gallen.
Baur continued to lead the Swiss Startup through both the Goldback Global group in early 2016 and then continued to guide the company through a partnership with Fintech Fusion in February 2016. Baur also got the honor of being featured in the Wall Street Journal profiled by Baur’s early career in Swiss banking as a new entrepreneur working in startup businesses.
Mike Baur also dedicates a lot of time to Swiss upstart entrepreneurs including young people who want to get into the business. He provides mentorship to young people to help guide them and allow them to grow into promising entrepreneurs who want to start companies themselves. He is also the Co-Founder and Director of the Swiss Startup Association. Mike also holds an MBA degree from the University of Rochester New York as well as an Executive MBA from the University of Rome.