Facebook Sets Up Shop in Paris’ Station F Startup Campus

The “first worldwide Startup Garage” at Station F in Paris will devote several spaces to launch partner Facebook.

The “first worldwide Startup Garage” at Station F in Paris will devote several spaces to launch partner Facebook.

Station F announced in a blog post that Facebook will launch a program in April called Startup Garage From Facebook at Station F, which will be a six-month program designed for participation by 10 to 15 data start-ups, occupying an 80-zone area of the campus.

Station F provided more details in its blog post:

Some of you already knew Facebook would be involved at Station F. We announced it at the last TechCrunch Disrupt: It is one of our founding partners.

Now it’s official: Facebook will be launching its first startup program, known as Startup Garage From Facebook. This six-month program is designed for 10 to 15 startups dedicated to data, which will take up an 80-desk zone on campus.

Wait– it gets even better: These startups and the rest of the entire Station F campus will be able to benefit from Facebook’s experts and experience in a variety of fields, including marketing, technical development, UX/UI (user experience/user interface) and more.

While Facebook already is a huge supporter of entrepreneurship around the world (with initiatives like F8 and FbStart), this is the first time Facebook is investing in a physical space. And we couldn’t be more thrilled that it picked Station F to partner with.

Some of the first startups Facebook announced for its program were Mapstr, a great tool to bookmark your favorite places, and Chekk, a tool that helps you manage your digital identity and already has offices in France, Hong Kong and Australia.

For anyone interested in learning more about Facebook’s Startup Garage at Station F and applying, you can find more information on our Campus page (where you can also find information about our other programs on campus).

Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg toured Station F with Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, and she said in a Facebook post (embedded below):

Facebook is thrilled to be a founding partner, supporting Station F’s ambitious vision to nurture the enormous creativity, talent and potential of French and European entrepreneurs by bringing them together under one roof.

Paris has always been a place where people come together to break new ground, and it is home to a thriving tech scene. Our investment in Station F will support local entrepreneurs with weekly workshops and mentoring from some of Facebook’s top engineers. We’re also launching a Partner Advisory Council in France to work more closely with leading tech companies.

Romain Dillet of TechCrunch reported that The Fabulous, OneClub and Karos are also part of the Startup Garage From Facebook group, adding that Sandberg announced at the event that Facebook will launch a policy lab at SciencesPo, with Ecole 42 and SupInternet.

Readers: What are your thoughts on Facebook’s involvement in Station F?