FAQ

Where’s Campus?

Google for Startups Campus is located in the heart of Madrid, Moreno Nieto, 2, 2805, Madrid. Check it out on this Map.

What are the opening hours?

The Startup Cafe is open Monday-Friday, 9am - 9pm.

Resident startups have 24x7 access to the space.

How do I get there?

Bus: C1 or C2 (Ronda de Segovia-Segovia).

Metro: Principe Pío (Line 10), La Latina (Line 5) or Opera (Line 2).

When’s Campus open?

The Campus reception and Campus Cafe are open Monday-Friday, 9am-9pm. We also open for events on nights and weekends.

What kind of events do you hold 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 does the co-working space at Campus work?

At Campus you can find 3 different co-working areas:

The Cafe area, with a cafetería operated by Do Eat, is free for registered members and designed for early-stage startups. Members work alongside fellow founders, who are at similar stages on their startup journey. Campus opening hours are Mon-Fri, 9am-9pm. Apply to become a member.

The first floor “Founders Space”, is part of the Cafe area, but closed for a curated group of high potential startups which has been selected through interviews to our Cafe members, and program participants.

We also have a resident's area on the 2nd and 3rd floor at Campus, where the resident startups from our Google for Startups Residency program and the ones hosted by our partner accelerators, Seedrocket and Tetuan Valley, have their own private space. To become a Google for Startups Resident, you can apply to our Residency program or the startup schools from Seedrocket or Tetuan Valley.

Why did Google start 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.

Who are your partners at Campus?

Campus operates on an ‘open source’ model by collaborating with partners from the global startup ecosystem.

At Google for Startups Campus in Madrid we have 2 resident accelerators: Seedrocket and Tetuan Valley.

Who’s based at Campus?

Mainly startups! The Cafe is a non-dedicated co-working space for registered founders and startup related members's day to day use. The Residents area is for resident startups for a longer period, which spans from 6 months to 1 year.

How much does it cost to rent a desk at Campus?

Nothing! Membership of Campus is free.

The Campus Cafe is open for all registered Campus members and the private resident area is offered to the startups selected for our Campus Residency program and our partner accelerators with no cost.

Who chooses who becomes a resident at Campus?

To become Google for Startups Resident, startups need to apply to our program and go through a selection process done by the Google for Startups team and a committee made of experienced founders, investors and experts.

Startups hosted by our partner accelerators are selected by Seedrocket's and Tetuan Valley's teams through the application process for their respective startup schools.

Cafe space is open to all Campus registered members and no selection process is needed.

Why do I have to apply to become a member?

Our mission has always been to help launch and grow startups. Therefore in 2018, we changed our name to Google for Startups, to better reflect the community we serve. The goal is that we can better understand our community and consequently create more opportunities for startups and professionals who come to our space.

To apply, you have to fill in this form, which will be reviewed by the Google for Startups team, in order to evaluate your fit. You will receive an email letting you know if you have been granted access or not asap. If you are accepted with access, you will be able to work from the Startup Cafe, receive our newsletters and be able to join Campus events. If you are not a fit, you will still be able to receive our newsletters and attend Campus events, but won’t be able to work from the Startup Cafe.

Who will have access to the Startup Cafe?

As we are curating the community, to cater the needs of our community better, all applicants will go through an evaluation process to determine their eligibility, as only founders, startup employees, and members from the tech community will have access to the space.

What is the cost of Campus membership?

Nothing! Membership of Campus is free. Nearly all of the events held at Campus are also free.

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.

What is the Founders Space?

The Founders Space is a co-working area on the first floor where we accommodate a curated group of high potential startups, which has been selected through interviews to our Cafe members, and program participants. This space will only be accessible with special badges, and selected founders will be able to book it on demand. Spots at the Founders Space will be assigned to selected Cafe members when available by the Google for Startups team.

How can I join the Founders Space?

In order to create a specific, founders-only working space, the Founders Space is only accessible with special badges. From time to time, the Google for Startups team will assign to selected Cafe members spots at that area. The duration of the access to this area will be appointed by the Google for Startups team, depending on the implication of the startup with the community (giving back activities, attendance to events and workshops, helping other fellow entrepreneurs, etc.).

Am I eligible to be a community member if I’m not working for a startup?

Google for Startups Campus mission has always been, since it first opened in 2015, to help launch and grow startups. Therefore and with our last rebranding and Cafe redefinition, we are focusing on founders, startup employees, members from the tech community, and members of entrepreneurship related organizations to make sure we get the most out of the space, and we cater the needs of our community better.

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 have our own Residency program and we also partner with existing 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?

We have Google for Startups Campuses in London, Tel Aviv, Seoul, Madrid, Warsaw and São Paulo.

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.

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.

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.

How else does GFS 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 support a selected group of startups through our Campus Residency program and we also 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 Startups 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.

Community guidelines

Campus is for startups.

To us, startups are tech-based, high-growth, innovative, and risk-taking businesses. They attract a unique kind of person – the kind who see problems as opportunities and then take action to fix them. Campus is a space for those types of people. It’s not a university library, nor is it a regular cafe, so we ask that all our members are engaged in building startups or thrilled to work, support, and connect with other startups from our community.

Be open and be curious.

Step out of your comfort zone, meet your neighbors, ask questions and embrace serendipity. If you want feedback on your app, ask the person next to you. Don’t be afraid to say hello to a stranger in the coffee queue. Greet newcomers as new friends. These little actions add up to a community that is warm, open, and ready to support.

Be kind.

Treat other members and the staff with respect. Help others before you help yourself. Look after one another and our building. Be comfortable in our space but also be respectful of it. Please keep it tidy and clean up after yourself. Always remember it's a collaborative space, where all members share the same sense of responsibility over it.

Pay it forward.

Our community is full of entrepreneurs at different stages of their startup journey. We collectively expect each other to both give and get something from our culture. Give energy. Give ideas. Give advice. Give encouragement. And expect others to give you the same.