After London, Madrid, Tel Aviv and Seul, Google Campus has finally come to Poland. Google Campus Warsaw is located in the Praga Koneser Centre at Ząbkowska Street in Warsaw, in a buildng which used to belong to a renowned distillery. The mixture of the old and the new may already serve as an inspiration to many. Behind the nineteenth-century thick walls of red bricks one can find a modern office full of free support and knowledge necessary to build technological enterprises of global potential. It sits on 1600 square meters, divided into three floors, with Campus Café in its heart. A lot of stress is put on shaping the community, therefore the majority of Google Campus is devoted to hosting events, training and socialising. Cooperation is seen by Google as the key to the future.
Leading the CEE region
Google Campus Warsaw is the fifth in the world, but the first one in Central and Eastern Europe. There is a lot of reason behind the decision to place it exactly in the heart of Poland. Piotr Wilam, Managing Partner of Innovation Nest, one of its official partners, says:
Through our cooperation with Campus Warsaw, we hope for creating a new and interesting offer not only for Polish start-ups, but also for all entrepreneurs from the Central and Eastern Europe. This project is highly important to us and, hopefully, it will enable us to build an idea and knowledge exchange hub at a European level.
Perks of being in Google community
How to join Google Campus Warsaw? It is easily accessible at campus.co/warsaw. All you need to do is sign up online. This free membership allows you to enter Campus Café and any events organised for the community. It also gives you access to the rest of the Campuses all over the world. The website is where you can register for educational programmes or submit your own ideas for future events. Being a part of the Campus community also enables you to work with two official partners of Campus Warsaw: Innovation Nest from Krakow, Poland and TechHub, an international organisation specialising in helping tech enterprises go global.
Ready, set, go
Google is set on providing guidance for people with fresh ideas. The main field of this activity is organising programmes dedicated to helping new start-ups. In the first month, Google Campus Warsaw is planning to follow this schedule:
- Mentoring@Campus – hosted every Friday. It is a series of one-on-one sessions with Google experts, each of them devoted to a different topic.
- Campus Exchange − an intensive week-long programme designed to bring international founders from across the Central and Eastern European region together to focus on going global.
- Women’s Breakfast at Campus – hosted every month. The event is devoted to women in tech, who want to get to know the community and share their experience with the others.
- VC Office Hours presented by Campus – Google partners will be hosting office hours to meet with the Campus community. Companies present will include: Innovation Nest, Speedup Group from Poznan and SeedCamp, a London-based First Round Fund.
- Google Developer Relations Launchpad − a week-long programme providing developers with the technology, events, online resources, expertise, and community to launch and scale their app.
Apart from the programmes, Campus will be a source of events organised by the start-ups themselves. These will include: Demo Nights (a chance to showcase your start-up), SPIN (a customer development workshop) and Growth! (workshop sessions dedicated to growing revenue of your start-up).
If you don't have a chance to visit Google Campus Warsaw straight away, we have some photographs of what it looks like. To learn more about Campus and its projects, go to the official website. We are keeping fingers crossed for new business ideas being born there!