Station F, the massive startup campus situated in Paris, is launching a web based element known as Launch by Station F. With this new program, entrepreneurs from anyplace can get began and be taught all of the fundamentals to start out an organization.
Launched in 2017, Station F is a large constructing that was once a rail freight depot. It has develop into a flagship entity for the tech group in France with a whole bunch of startups working from there.
“From day one, Station F has at all times been about making life simpler for entrepreneurs,” Station F director Roxanne Varza stated on the launch occasion earlier at the moment.
There are a lot of methods to affix the Station F group. And but, Station F nonetheless has to show down most functions. Proper now, round 9% of entrepreneurs making use of to a Station F program get accepted. That’s why Station F is launching Launch.
“Launch is a brand new option to develop into an entrepreneur. It’s a totally on-line program, which suggests you possibly can entry it from anyplace on this planet,” Varza stated. “It’s actually all of the fundamentals to start out an organization. By the point you end this program, you need to perceive all that loopy jargon.”
There are three primary constructing bricks behind Launch — content material, instruments and group.
The Station F staff has created a ton of movies and articles by speaking with some well-known entrepreneurs and buyers within the startup group in France. This content material will provide help to perceive the tech business.
Individuals becoming a member of the Launch program will even be capable of entry a group of important instruments to construct a startups with free trials and free tiers. Instruments embrace Notion, Asana, Shopify, Bubble and Qonto.
Lastly, this system relies on peer-to-peer suggestions. Members can discuss to one another in a Slack group, browse a listing of individuals and extra. However probably the most highly effective peer-to-peer element is that it’s important to give suggestions to folks if you’re going by this system.
“All through this system, you’ll be going by the steps of constructing a pitch deck. It’s actually about asking your self the best questions concerning the enterprise,” Varza stated. And different members will provide you with suggestions in your pitchdeck.
Launch prices €9.90 per 30 days and customers can cancel each time they need. Station F hopes it could possibly entice 5,000 to 10,000 members.
And Station F’s variety companions, comparable to Singa, Les Déterminés, La French Tech Tremplin and the Fighters Program, will be capable of entry the service at no cost.
With this new on-line program, Station F is specializing in on-line training. Whereas a ton of individuals wish to begin a startup, there’s nonetheless a steep studying curve to get began.
Individuals who full the Launch program received’t essentially create a startup. However no less than they’ll be capable of have a dialog concerning the enterprise mannequin of a startup, product-market match and extra.
An replace on Station F
Station F at present hosts dozens of various startup packages. Some packages are managed by companions, whereas others are managed by the Station F staff straight.
Present companions embrace Ubisoft, Microsoft, Fb and HEC Paris. Every program selects a batch of startups that may come and work from Station F. Along with workplace house, they’ll community and get some perks from each companions and Station F. At this time, Station F introduced two new companions — Ecole 42 and CentraleSupélec.
“We additionally handle our personal in-house packages and we’ve got three of them,” Station F head of startup packages Marwan Elfitesse stated.
There’s the Founders Program, which was introduced again in 2016 when Varza unveiled Station F at FiratNews Disrupt. With this program, pre-seed and seed startups working throughout any vertical can apply.
“It’s a program designed by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs, from day one. The entire choice course of is managed by entrepreneurs,” Elfitesse stated. There are 130 well-known entrepreneurs who at present take part within the choice course of.
Station F additionally runs the Fighters Program. It’s designed particularly for entrepreneurs coming from underprivileged backgrounds. “Good and nice entrepreneurs can come from any background,” Elfitesse stated.
To date, 4 cohorts of startups have participated within the Fighters Program. Station F is at present engaged on the fifth batch. For the primary time, Station F is including a sponsor to this program. TikTok goes to sponsor the Fighters Program’s subsequent batch.
Lastly, Station F lately unveiled a 3rd in-house program, the FemTech Program. Because the identify suggests, this program goes to be targeted on corporations engaged on feminine well being, girls’s sexual well being and extra.
“Once we seemed on the matter, we thought it was each a possibility and that startups urgently wanted some assist,” Varza informed me on the time. “It’s nonetheless a little-known class, it’s nonetheless a taboo topic.”
The primary batch of corporations within the FemTech program will be a part of the campus subsequent month.