France Startup Nation Visa launched by President Emmanuel Macron is attracting tech firms from the UK and the US. Mark Heath who is all set to launch his start-up Talaria at Station F in Paris said that France was unlikely his choice to launch the firm. He said that US nationals have a poor command over the French language.
Nevertheless, the fast-spoken New Yorker is amongst the crowd of the entrepreneurs from the US and the UK attracted to the France Startup Nation Visa. They have arrived here attracted by the optimistic ambiance under President Macron. Political worries back home are also one among the propelling factors for these overseas entrepreneurs, as quoted by the New Indian Express.
The cavernous train depot at Paris Station F has now been transformed into the biggest start-up hub of the world. Heath said that he chose Paris over the US Silicon Valley as the Tech scene is fast emerging as one of the most exciting in EU.
UK entrepreneurs have regarded France with anxiety for a long time not slightest because other EU nations were looked upon as happier to transact business in English. However, Station F accepted more applications from the start-ups in the UK and the US than any other nation. This has even surprised Roxanne Varza, its Director.
Anti-immigration rant of the US President Trump has distressed Start-ups that are dependent on overseas talents. On the other hand, UK firms are struggling for a grip in the EU even as Brexit gets operational.
Xavier Niel, the telecoms billionaire has funded the 3,000 desk Station F “Campus” that was launched in June shortly after the election of Macron as French President. The international firms nurturing its start-ups include Microsoft and Facebook.
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