It was an honour to participate on Thursday 29 June at the grand opening of the superb Station F, the world biggest startup campus, in the presence of the French President, Mr. Emmanuel Macron and the Mayor of Paris, Ms. Anne Hidalgo.
EUSS team was there vigorously support innovative and disruptive startups that want to scale up, achieve their market potential and attract funding especially through the SME Instrument.
Station F is an entire entrepreneurship ecosystem under a single roof with startups, investors, public services, various startup programmes, funding engineering talent and tonnes of resources for startups.
The project was initially conceived by the telecom French billionaire, Mr. Xavier Niel who paid the entire bill of 234 million Euros. The location was previously known as Halle Freyssinet, a railway depot, famous in the 1920s er, covering more than 34.000 meter square, literally the size of Eiffel tower lying down! It is planned to host more than 1000 startups. Big names such as Apple, Facebook, Microsoft have startup schemes (mostly on Artificial Intelligence) and strongly supported the Station F project. They’re also launching a housing extension next year for 600 entrepreneurs to live ten minutes away.
The space will host companies from 26 international programs which include big French names such as Ubisoft, Numa, Vente-privée, the HEC Paris business school, our partners from BNP Paribas, Usine IO, and venture capital firms Daphni, Kima Ventures, and Ventech. Even the former French President François Hollande will have an office there.
One of the interesting programmes is the so-called “Fighters Program”: an one-year commitment for those “who have a killer entrepreneurial mindset and a business with potential, but weren’t born in a privileged environment,” according to the Station F website. Fighters could include those from the French suburbs, immigrants, refugees, and those with difficult personal stories, according to the organization.