Three years in the making, the world’s newest and largest startup hub held its grand opening on Thursday night in a ceremony featuring President Emmanuel Macron and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo.
This giant startup campus (34,000 sq. m.) dreamt up by leading French telecom entrepreneur Xavier Niel, who footed the entire cost of the €250 million project, will be home to incubators, venture capital firms, startups, and major corporate brands. Station F’s goal is to house 1,000 startups in a building that was formerly a historic train shed in eastern Paris (La Halle Freyssinet).
Facebook, Microsoft and Google are among those that have chosen to take part in the project to help high-flying startups go global.
At the opening ceremony, President Emmanuel Macron said that “France must be a country where people want to succeed. Entrepreneur is the new France.”
Find out more here about technology and startups in France in eight subject areas (startup fundraising, fintech, retail tech, sport tech, artificial intelligence, digital healthcare, connected devices and France, a land of startups).