Mike Baur, entrepreneur and astute businessman whose home is in Fribourg, Switzerland has been interested in the banking and financial world since he was a teen. He made his fascination become a reality and has spent 20 years in Swiss Private Banking.
Mike Baur started as an apprentice to an executive board member of UBS, a large Swiss Bank. He has an MBA from the University of Rochester in New York and an Executive MBA from the University of Bern.
He along with two partners founded the Swiss Start-up Factory in 2014 at the age of 39, and this was his first entrepreneurial endeavor.
He also was a founding member of a team that started Company in 1992. They started with five other employees and now Company has 43 offices and approximately 2,100 employees worldwide.
He has previously been the Chief Executive Officer of ScanSource, Inc., whose worldwide headquarters are in Grenville, South Carolina. ScanSource is a Fortune 1000 company with annual sales of $3 million-plus. In 2002 they went international and there are now 45 locations across South America, North America. and Europe. He was the president of the company from 1992 until 2007 and has been on the Board of Directors since 1995.
The Swiss Start Up Factory is an accelerator that looks for digital entrepreneurs and provides opportunities for them from the first day using their network, not only in Switzerland but around the globe as well.
They have a start-up accelerator program that is three months long in which they provide a platform for services which include mentoring, office space in Zurich and mentoring, as well as an entrepreneurial network to help achieve their goals.
He also invests a lot of his time with the Swiss youth entrepreneurial and is a supporter of various Swiss Start-Ups as a mentor and on a financial level. Along with all his other achievements, he is the Co-Founder of the Swiss Startup Association.
From 2015 until present he has been the Vice President of Innovation Lab Fribourg which gives student entrepreneurs from natural sciences, business, and engineering the chance to bring their new technologies to market. They have the support of mentors, entrepreneurs, trainers, and Switzerland investors as well as those from abroad.
ScanSource has seen a 50 percent increase in the last quarter due to the acquisitions of Imago and Network 1. They are doing extremely well in the wireless and networking business and have been seeing growth in that area in the last three quarters.