Team Drake Blog:
The World’s biggest Startup Campus
By Siren Drake
It’s New, it’s Big, it has everything you could dream of, and it is in Paris! Station F is the World’s largest Startup Hub so far.
In the 13th arr, not far from Gare Austerlitz and just opposite de Bibliothèque de France, in the midst of the University area, you find this enormous hangar that houses thousands of entrepreneurs that can use more than 3000 desks in the startup area. The building used to be a big storage Hall and railway depot, and has been renovated to accommodate startups- entrepreneurs and others interested in Innovation. Lots of meeting rooms, tech-labs, cafés, restaurants, cinema, etc, etc, no reason for lacking anything once you are in. Ad of course, several events take place here during the year, all you need to do is check it out and join in
Get a virtual tour here, or book a visit on their web site, and see for yourself!
Virtual tour of Station F
“. If things go well for French startups, people are going to look at Station F as the physical representation of those successes.”
All you need for a startup
Several programs are available; choose from a flexible desk to a severe start-up program called “Fighters Program”. President Macron underlined the importance of creating new businesses in France by his presence on the opening day in June 2017. The private investor Xavier Niel spent hundreds of millions of euros to purchase and transform the building into a sort of central hub for the French tech ecosystem with Roxanne Varza as the director.
The various open office areas are divided into many different pieces.
Station F’s partners, such as Facebook, Zendesk, Vente-Privée, HEC, Microsoft, etc. manage some parts of the building. Those big tech companies pick young startups to come and work at Station F and collaborate with them.
Station F a huge bet on the future
Overall, Station F is a huge bet on the future of the French tech ecosystem. If things go well for French startups, people are going to look at Station F as the physical representation of those successes. Today it is the world’s largest start-up hub!
Where is Station F
Address: 55 Boulevard Vincent Auriol, 75013 Paris