Mike Baur attained his MBA from the University of Rochester, New York, and his EMBA at the University of Bern, Switzerland. Mike Baur is a businessman and entrepreneur who believes thoroughly that businesses and aspiring business owners require precise execution and determination to thrive. He initially began his career as a commercial apprentice at UBS, one of the top Swiss Private Banks where he managed work his way up to one of the top management positions. Through his journey with UBS, he gained both experience and understanding of; private banking, financial advising, and investing. In 2014, Mike Baur has chosen to veer his path in a new direction and is currently a Co-Founder and Executive Chairman at Swiss Startup Factory, sitting alongside him are Max Meister and Oliver Walzer. Swiss Startup Factory aims to detour from traditional private banking to provide inspired entrepreneurs and young companies the opportunity to flourish by providing the service of coaching, mentoring, entrepreneurial and investor networking, and even office space. In 2016 Baur became the deputy managing director of CTI through the Swiss Startup Factory, CTI merger. Later that year, Mike Baur went on to lead the Swiss Startup Factory through its partnership with the Geneva based Fintech Accelerator; Fusion. With his current position Swiss Startup Factory, he aims to create a new generation of thriving innovative businesses. He finds motivation from his years of observing successful entrepreneurs and proclaims that the two most common behaviors of these individuals were that they were both; passionate and very hard working. Mike Baur finds his motivation in his self-proclaimed mentor, Jean-Claude Biver, someone who was able to work his way up and change the Swiss watchmaking industry. Mike Baur emulates these characteristics, and believes that self-reliance, passion, and dedication are the foundation for a successful entrepreneur. Mike Baur utilizes his experience with investors and banking to give back to communities by holding speaking forums on how to accelerate startup ideas at universities and small to mid-size corporate offices. With over 20 years of experience in banking, wealth management, financial advising, Mike Baur understands the importance of creating, advising, and maintaining new businesses and their livelihood within the Swiss economy.