30 June 2017

Unveiling Station F: a step forward for the European innovation ecosystem

EYIF proudly supports the ambitious plans of Station F and considers it as a major accomplishment in creating the entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem that France and Europe as a whole needs.  In its mission to give voice to the young innovators across Europe, EYIF will encourage a close collaboration with Station F in order to create a favourable ecosystem for young talent to thrive.

Yesterday, EYIF attended the 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.

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 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 start-ups within a range of 26 international programs designed and supported by big French names such as Ubisoft, Vente-privée, the HEC Paris business school, Numa, 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.