Entrepreneur and investor Xavier Niel has launched STATION F, a Paris, France-based maxi startup campus.
The 34,000 m2 train station (Halle Freyssine)-turned-startup hub will house thousands of members.
On site, startups can find:
– a startup zone, with over 3000+ desks and 10+ international startup programs, including the STATION F Founders Program for early-stage startups.
– A coffee shop and 1000-person restaurant with 4 kitchens and a bar, open 24-7 to the public-
– An on-site fab lab for prototyping, powered by TechShop
– A variety of events spaces, including a 360-person auditorium
– Meeting rooms and private offices for mature startups, VCs, public services and more
– A co-living space that will house 600 entrepreneurs, opening in 2018.
Niel, who has built the telecom operator Free, the tuition-free coding school 42 in France and California, and the early-stage vc firm Kima Ventures, wanted to build STATION F in order to add more coherence and unity to the French fragmented startup ecosystem. STATION F now represents an ambitious answer to the need. Roxanne Varza, Co-founder of StartHer and Tech.eu, previously at TechCrunch France and Microsoft Ventures, will be the director of the initiative.
The team also includes:
– Rachel Vanier, Communications
– Marwan Elfitesse, Startup Relations
– Cedric Gaudard, Partnerships
– Mouna Guennouni, Finance & Operations
– Marie Millet, Events
– Valentine Lin-Saingré, HR &Cultural Projects
– Brice Bourgeois, Logistics & Design, and
– Faouzi Bennour, Workplace Services.
The campus partners are e commerce company HEC Paris, Ventee-Privee, Ventech, daphni, Techshop, Kima Ventures, and Facebook.