What is Campus?
Campuses are Google's spaces for entrepreneurs to learn, connect, and build companies that will change the world. At Campus, entrepreneurs get unparalleled access to mentorship and trainings led by their local startup community, experienced entrepreneurs, and teams from Google. Campuses are part of a global network including Campus London, Campus Tel Aviv, Campus Seoul, Campus Madrid, Campus Sao Paulo, and Campus Warsaw.
Why did Google create Campus?
Google began as a startup in a garage and we’re passionate about helping entrepreneurs succeed. We believe in the convening power of physical space, so we create Campuses- hubs where entrepreneurs can discover a supportive community, get to work on their big idea, and gain access to critical resources like mentorship and technical training. Entrepreneurs build transformative products that can solve some of our biggest challenges. These same entrepreneurs also create jobs, strengthen economies, and improve the web.
What is Campus’ relationship to Google?
The Google for Entrepreneurs team operates Campus. We have Campuses around the world, with plans to open more locations in 2015. Each Campus joins the Google for Entrepreneurs global network of tech hubs, leading startup communities, and resources for entrepreneurs. We provide financial support and the best of Google’s resources to startup communities across 125 countries. Learn more at google.com/entrepreneurs.
What will you find at Campus?
- A Campus Cafe: Entrepreneurs can work (for free) at the Campus Cafe. Fast wi-fi, a bustling energy, and lots of like-minded founders make the Campus Cafe a great place to have a meeting, work for the day, or meet people from the tech community. Local coffee experts run each Campus Cafe, selling fresh coffee and healthy food options to fuel great work.
- Coworking Space: Each Campus has a beautiful workspace with desks, private offices, and conference rooms for individual entrepreneurs and to growing startups. We partner with local coworking organizations which manage the coworking space and rent space on a short-term or long-term basis.
- Community Event Space: Each Campus features a large event space, which is in nearly constant use. This event space is a community asset: anyone can apply to host their startup event there at no cost. We also host our own programs (like technical speakers and our Campus for Moms program) in the main event spaces.
- Classrooms & Training Rooms: Education is critical to a thriving startup community. Campus has classrooms for entrepreneurs to attend trainings of all kinds. We also offer these spaces to accelerator groups to host their curriculum.
- Community Partner Offices: Campus is a central hub for the local startup community. Partners including local accelerators and global startup organizations often maintain offices at Campus, where they can be close to the heart of the local startup scene and meet with entrepreneurs daily.
Where are the Campuses?
In 2012, we opened Campuses in London and Tel Aviv. We're excited to welcome the newest members of the Campus family: Seoul, Madrid, Sao Paulo, and Warsaw.
How does Google decide where to open Campuses?
Google selects Campus locations where there is a strong and growing local startup ecosystem and we have a sizable Google office to support those entrepreneurs with mentorship, speakers, and training.
Does Google have plans to expand the number of Campuses?
We are always evaluating new opportunities to contribute to startup communities around the world. We do this through our own Google-run spaces like Campus, and through partner-led spaces like NUMA in Paris, and Fishburners in Australia, as well as through our tech hub network in North America.
What is the cost of Campus membership?
Nothing! Anyone can sign up to become a Campus member for free. Membership gets you access to our Campus Cafe. Nearly all of the events held at Campus are also free. For those seeking a permanent desk or office at Campus, we partner with a local coworking organization that rents office space directly to startups (Google does not take money from startups at Campus). Prices vary by location.
Do startups have to use Google technologies to be a part of Campus?
Not at all. We welcome startups using all platforms and technologies, and host events focused on a vast array of products and platforms.
Campus & the Community
How does Campus work with other startup organizations?
We partner with great community organizations to run each Campus location. Local coffee shops run the Campus Cafe, and coworking organizations run our coworking space, renting out workspace to individual entrepreneurs and growing teams. We offer our event spaces and classrooms to local educational groups to run their trainings, and we give office space to local startup organizations. Visit our individual Campus websites to learn more about our partners.
What sort of events are held at Campus?
In addition to our own programming, any startup organization can host their own events at Campus (at no cost!). Any event that benefits the startup community is welcome at Campus. Events range from weekend hackathons to day-long trainings to industry networking events. Check out the Events pages on our Campus websites to see what's happening at Campus.
How else do you intend to contribute to other cities in the country?
We look forward to collaborating with startup communities around each Campus country by livestreaming high quality training and education, hosting events for a variety of different communities, and extending the geographic reach of some Campus programs like our mentorship and training sessions. Entrepreneurs from anywhere are welcome to work (for free!) out of the Campus Cafe when they are in town.
Is Campus an accelerator or incubator?
No, Campus is not an accelerator or incubator. We partner with and often host strong accelerator and education groups to bring the best of the startup community to Campus.
Why isn’t Google directly investing in the startups?
The Google for Entrepreneurs team invests in entire startup communities, but not individual startups. We invest heavily in our programs, as well as the Campus buildings and their renovations.