All over the world, entrepreneurs are tackling big challenges. Through their creativity and innovation, they are building global businesses and making a positive impact — on individuals, communities, and economies.
Through Google’s work with startup organizations around the globe, we’ve seen how critical a supportive community is to the success of these entrepreneurs. That’s why we’ve built gathering places for these innovators to learn, share, and collaborate, to grow thriving ecosystems and businesses. Our first startup space, a 30,000 sq. ft. building in London, opened five years ago. Since then, we’ve opened up Campuses in Tel Aviv, Madrid, Seoul, Warsaw, and São Paulo, with Berlin set to join the family soon.
Each year, we’ve been in awe of the incredible work startups are doing at Campus, and 2016 was no exception. Below, you’ll find the stories of our members and their impact. We invite you to visit a Campus this year to see them in action. If there’s no Campus near you, you can join us via the startup communities Google for Entrepreneurs supports in over 140 countries around the world.
We’ve had more than 208,000 members join us to work on big ideas as part of a vibrant, inclusive community. Founders come to Campus from all walks of life, and can participate in events or work from our cafes at no cost.
Our most recent community survey revealed that Campus startups created over 6,400 jobs and raised more than $322 million in funding last year. They are tackling big challenges, like improving quality of care for the elderly, and empowering small businesses to quickly raise working capital.
On average, resident startups raised at least twice as much funding as non-resident startups.
Resident startups work from Campus full-time, with easy access to the full breadth of support and programming we offer. Across our Campuses, resident startups raised more on average than non-resident startups, with the difference most pronounced at Campus Seoul, where resident startups raised twelve times as much.
At the end of 2016, more than 36% of our Campus members identified as women, an increase from 32% in 2015. We're continuing to work to increase that number, and other measures of inclusion, so that our Campuses, and the companies being built within them, better reflect the diversity and needs of the cities that surround them.
Campus startups work across dozens of industries. While each Campus is unique, Enterprise and Data & Analytics startups are common across the board.
In both Madrid and London, many entrepreneurs are focused on Education. Campus Tel Aviv has a large group of Machine Learning startups, while in Warsaw, Fintech / Bitcoin is more common. Many of São Paulo’s entrepreneurs are working in Advertising, while in Seoul, Social Networking is more popular.
In 2016, we supported members of our community to host more than 4,200 events at Campuses for fellow entrepreneurs. Anyone can apply to host an event for their local startup community at Campus for free.
We’ve heard from countless entrepreneurs that the connections and expertise of the startup community are our Campuses’ most valuable asset. In 2016, we provided over 2,500 hours of 1:1 mentorship by Googlers and other industry experts.
Information on total membership count, gender breakdown, and country of origin were collected from membership registration records. These numbers are representative of the full Campus community, including freelancers, students, and employees of non-startup companies.
2016 economic data was collected via a survey of startup founders and employees who worked from Campus or who participated in Campus programming in 2016. We received responses from more than 4,000 startups between January 25 and February 7, 2017. Surveys in Madrid, São Paulo, and Seoul were made available in their local languages. Respondents were not required to answer every question. Economic data from prior years was collected through annual surveys of the full Campus community. Funding numbers were collected in local currencies, and were converted using annualized exchange rates when they appear in another currency.