Paris is labelled as the startup capital of France. With surging numbers of startups in the city, Paris is a hub of entrepreneurial activity. Station F, which is the world’s biggest startup campus and plush business incubator opened in 2017. With the French government’s aim of increasing French startup landscape, Paris is gearing up to become the new commercial centre replacing London impending Brexit.
As is the case, there are several coworking spaces in the city and many more scheduled to come up soon. WeWork is expanding fast in Paris. In 2018, they are opening 4 more locations across Paris. To celebrate these grand openings, StartupBlink has partnered with WeWork to give you up to 15% discount of the price at any of the WeWork locations, which you can claim here.
In this article, we will discuss how the WeWork Paris openings will add to the coworking scene in Paris, and also go over some differences between what you can expect from WeWork in comparison to the current operating coworking spaces.
Current situation of coworking spaces in Paris, France
As per StartupBlink, the global startup ecosystem map and research center, France ranks 9th amongst 220 countries globally while Paris ranks 10th amongst all cities across the world. These are very strong rankings. Read our startup ecosystem rankings report here for other global rankings.
There has been a 30% increase in French startups since 2016, after the encouraging policies put forth by the French government. Station F spreads across a gigantic 36,000-square-foot space offering both big and small startups great offices. Since Paris is bustling with startups, it also attracts a host of VC firms and fundhouses. This becomes a self fulfilling prophecy in turning Paris into a startup heaven.
According to Coworker, there are 92 coworking spaces in Paris. The most popular ones are Remix coworking, Work in Paris, Hubsy, Le Laptop and Greenspace to mention a few. Remix, Work in Paris and Hubsy have multiple locations across the city. Furthermore, Hubsy is based on the concept of cafe coworking and all locations have the flexible pricing option per number of hours (instead of days) as well. Remix on the other hand is also focussed on the creative niche. So you can find artists and creative people working alongside you while there. This gives a great flavor to coworking. After all, coworking is all about meeting new people and networking.
Another great experience of coworking in Paris is that the whole city has great WiFi connectivity be it airports, shopping malls, cafes, restaurants and even public parks and libraries. During summers, it is a fascinating sight to see entrepreneurs network and cowork at any of these locations.
WeWork Paris has 4 locations already and 4 new ones have been just announced in 2018. This is great news for the startup community in Paris. Back in 2017, there were no WeWork offices in Paris and the first one opened in July 2017 at La Fayette.
True to Parisian art, this office space is beautifully designed inspired by “années folles”, or “the crazy years” in France during the 1920s. This office space is truly alluring and really brings out the best in you while working. Another WeWork is located at the famous Champs-Élysées area which is the high-end touristic avenue filled with cafes, theatres, shops and bars. The remaining 2 spaces are located at Colisée and Marais areas both of which have historical value. Strategically placed, all these 4 WeWork Paris spaces are beautifully designed and located in very good areas in Paris. All of these have easy connectivity with metro lines close by.
True to all WeWork locations, they have all WeWork amenities like IT support, conference rooms, phone booths, etc. Some of these locations also offer craft beer. Additionally, all of these WeWork locations conduct numerous events and provide great networking opportunities for entrepreneurs and investors.
Despite being a little expensive, startups must be able to leverage such great opportunities without worrying about costs. Use our offer to get 15% discount on any WeWork location.