At 16, most of us focused on school, friends and the imaginations of how college would be. At this age, most kids are excited of our newly found pleasures. However, a sixteen year old Mike Baur had already established interests in banking and finance and had commenced with the pursuit of his career. Born and bred in Fribourg Switzerland, there was plenty of opportunities in the banking system and he was ready to throw himself in the deep pool.
However, in order for him to command a sense of understanding from the field, he joined Bern University where he attained a degree in Banking. Afterwards, he enrolled for an MBA from Rochester New York and later returned to Bern University for an executive MBA. Armed with this, Mike Baur began his career in the private banking sector in Swiss.
At 16 years old, Mike Baur joined the Union Bank of Switzerland as their apprentice. During this period, Mike dedicated his time and effort to work shoulder to shoulder with the professionals in order to learn everything he could in the finance and banking sector. His determination was noticed by his seniors, who took their time to explain to him most of the benefits and the promotions he was likely to get if he continued with the hard work.
In his tenure at UBS, Mike worked alongside the wealthy businesspeople in Swiss. He provided expertise counsel and guidance to his clients regarding their financial situations. His discipline saw him being promoted in various positions. By the time he was thirty years, Mike had been made one of the principal advisors in the firm. Nevertheless, in 2008, Mike left UBS and joined Clariden Leu as one of the senior executive leaders. His expertise and experience in banking made him one of the sought after executives in Switzerland.
Mike has always had a keen interest in helping start-ups, entrepreneurs and companies in finding their financial solutions. However, he realized that working for companies did not give him the opportunity to do so. Mike therefore left Clariden to start up his own firm called the Swiss Startup Factory. The company has a special program called the Incubator which, funds, mentors and trains young entrepreneurs. He also encourages them to join the Pitch Contest, a platform for them to speak about their products, giving them a chance to meet potential buyers. It is through this program that Mike is able to live his dream of helping others towards achieving their dreams as well.