While London is regarded as the centre of Europe’s tech start-up scene, it hasn’t yet produced the number of internationally respected, big-name companies it could have.
If start-ups had somewhere central to work, hold meetings, collaborate and just hang out maybe things could be different. That’s the idea behind TechHub, a project that plans to create a co-working environment for Europe’s start-ups in the heart of London.
The brainchild of entrepreneur Elizabeth Varley, with TechCrunch Europe’s Mike Butcher as its chief cheerleader, TechHub aims to create a focus point for the continent’s next generation of tech start-ups.
With plans to be situated in the Old Street ‘Silicon Roundabout’ area, TechHub aims to be “affordable, accessible, but at the same time create the right atmosphere and bring together the right people – the people who really do want to “change the world”.”
TechHub hopes to attract businesses from across the world. Desk and office space will be available to rent and even businesses just passing through London could use the venue as a meeting space.
The idea has captured the imaginations of not only Europe’s entrepreneurs, but also the UK government and a number of large businesses. As Mike Butcher wrote last month:
“Potential corporate sponsors who would like to showcase what they do to the tech startup community are very interested. I would not be saying too much if I said this included major ISPs and large technology companies. Indeed, one of them is talking about potentially putting a massive broadband pipe into TechHub.
Last week Elizabeth Varley secured a major coup – getting a meeting about TechHub at No.10 Downing Street (the residence of the UK Prime Minister). That meeting was so positive that it looks like she’ll be going back again to talk about it at a ministerial level.”
TechHub is currently spreading the word with a competition to win deskspace at the venue once it opens. All you need to do it publish a video explaining why you want TechHub to be built. Find out more, and watch some of the other submissions, at the TechHub website.
Here’s VC and entrepreneur Max Niederhoffer’s submission which show’s that a little creativity might help you win!