One of the world’s Internet giants will be setting up shop in the Halle Freyssinet (13th arrondissement, Paris). Facebook has announced that they will be coming to Station F
, a 34,000 m2 incubator, that will be opening in the spring in the former railroad building, built in the 1920s. The American company is one of the founding members of the project, launched by Xavier Niel. It will be setting up its “Startup Garage”, for startups “that contribute to the data economy in France and in Europe,” explained Sheryl Sandberg, the Facebook Chief Operating Officer, at a press conference on January 2017.
This is the very first initiative in the world for the American company’s startups. Several have already been selected for the program, including Karos
, a carpooling app. “We will be benefitting from support from Facebook and from their experience,” declared Olivier Binet, Managing Director of Karos. A total of 10 to 15 young companies will be hosted and assisted for six month periods.
In addition to Station F, the city already has 60 incubators, such as Cargo
, and 45 co-working spaces, as the Mayor pointed out.
Work is on-going at the site, which is scheduled to open in April. The building, 310 meters long and 58 meters wide, renovated by Willmotte and Associates, is impressive. 3000 workstations will be available for the startups, in an open-space setting. The site also includes events areas, including an auditorium and a 1000-seat restaurant, open to the public 24/7.
can send in applications to become members of Station F.