In just a few short weeks Station F, which is headquartered in Paris, is set to become the world’s largest campus ecosystem for technology start-ups. Located inside a historic, 366,000 square-foot Parisian monument, Station F is an ambitious project that is being self-funded by French telecom entrepreneur and venture capitalist Xavier Neil.
Some of the highlights of the Station F campus include:
- Station F Founders Program – 3000+ desks available for $200 monthly rental fee, full residency and access to a unique community of entrepreneurs and resources
- Dedicated desks and office space for companies to lease
- 1 restaurant, 4 kitchens, 1 café, 1 bar
- 1 TechShop Fablab (makerspace) with 3D printers, lasers, CNC lathes, etc.
- 370-seat auditorium
- 1 post office
- 1 sports center with 30+ showers
- Cross-marketing perks such as discounts on AirBnb rentals
- 100 offsite shared apartments with 600-person capacity (Coming 2018!)
Major founding partners include TechShop and Facebook, which has established a large physical presence at this one-of-a-kind location. In fact, Facebook recently unveiled its Startup Garage program that will be housed at Station F, the first ever such investment by Facebook in a physical location. Startup Garage is a six-month program for ten to fifteen startups focused on big data and would occupy an 80-desk zone at the campus.
Being that there is truly nothing like Station F anywhere else in the world, there are a number of benefits and potential opportunities for the startup campus. Not only will it be a location for international technology startups, there will also be 24/7 access to the campus for the general public thereby turning it into a tourist destination. It has been shown that environment plays a very important role in the success or failure of many of our pursuits. Therefore, the availability of all of these entrepreneurial resources and knowledge under one roof can dramatically increase a startup’s chances for success. Maybe we will finally start to see better quality startups being borne out of the Station F campus; companies that are actually profitable and can withstand the test of time by having business models designed for longevity. If all else fails, the Station F property could turn out to be a lucrative real estate deal.
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