A look inside Google’s Tech City Campus for start-ups

Tom Welsh
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GOOGLE Campus is a seven floor work and event space in the City’s eastern fringe on Bonhill Street, EC2, designed to encourage the next generation of entrepreneurs. It’s an open-source building, with floors run by individual partners – each with a different take on what a start-up needs to thrive.

Anyone can join the Campus community by signing up on its website (www.campuslondon.com). This offers basic access to workspace in the basement cafe. Technology-focused start-ups can also access the Campus by signing up through TechHub (www.techhub.com). Another alternative is Seedcamp (on the fourth floor). It’s a 13 week intensive accelerator programme, with office space, seed capital, and offer of assistance from experienced entrepreneurs and investors. For more information visit seedcamp.com

The reception area is decorated with multicoloured Duplo bricks. The level also offers storage space in a series of reclaimed fruit crates.

The Campus partners offer regular events for entrepreneurs and mentors – including networking and the occasional hackathon.

Run by Central Working, the cafe is a members-based co-working club. It offers entrepreneurs and mentors free workspace and fast WiFi.