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French pioneering experience in start-up empowerment explored.

PARIS: Station F, the start-up campus in Paris, and Ecole 42, an innovative programming college, were key centres visited by a Bahraini business delegation accompanying His Majesty King Hamad on his official visit to France.

Members of the delegation were impressed with France's outstanding global pioneering experience in technology, which brought comparisons to Bahrain's own aspirations to transform itself into a regional hub for entrepreneurs and start-ups.

During the visit to Station F, the delegation was treated to a detailed overview of the campus and the benefits it offers to promising entrepreneurs.Established in 2017, it is the world's largest start-up campus, housing an entire entrepreneurial ecosystem under one roof.Spanning an area of 34,000sqm, the campus features more than 3,000 start-up desks, eight event spaces, 31 training programmes, and soon-to-be-completed three-tower living space for entrepreneurs.

In line with the goals of the Economic Development Board (EDB) and its partners from the public and private sectors, the delegation's visit to Ecole 42 focused on the college's world-renowned educational model.

The visit allowed the Bahraini business delegation to explore unique ways of educating an innovation-focused generation, following the directives of the government of Bahrain towards a digital transformation in line with a knowledge-based economy.

Ecole 42, launched in 2016, constitutes a case study of a pioneering non-profit educational institution that offers tuition-free learning.It has earned the respect of a number of influential people in the technology space, including innovators from Silicon Valley, such as Evan Spiegel, co-founder of Snapchat, and Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter.

The college welcomes applicants from all backgrounds, ages, and educational levels, and the selection process is completed digitally.The EDB, along with partners from the public and private sector, has been working relentlessly to support start-ups and create an environment that empowers entrepreneurs.During the official visit to France, 12 agreements and memoranda of understanding with French companies were signed, amounting to $2 billion. The agreements are aimed at boosting bilateral economic relations and co-investment across numerous sectors.

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Publication:Gulf Daily News (Manama, Bahrain)
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Date:May 1, 2019
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