Google Campus (and my favourite word, free).

The Google Campus is a co-working space situated in Silicon Roundabout and plays hosts to a number of start-ups, incubators and accelerators.  It also provides an event space for various activities such as Women 2.0 Founder Fridays and others. When you go on their site you can find a whole host of events and register to attend some that are open to the public.

You have to be a member to use the Campus but being a member grants you access to, amongst other things, the basement cafe where you’ll find a bunch of start-ups using it as their office space. Did I mention that it’s free to be a member? Yes free. So just to clarify that’s a space in central London, no a space in Silicon Roundabout with: wifi; heat (I’m big on keeping warm); sofas; desks; plugs* AND, it’s free. Obviously, since my return I am amongst the one of many that have set up camp there and it’s an amazing space to be.

As you can see from the above picture there’s a real collaboration spirit that permeates throughout the Campus. On my first day I met the Founders of LawDeck (what are the odds of me walking away from law only for the first tech start up I meet to the one aimed at the law industry!) and eRiple. We shared start-up backgrounds and they were only too willing to offer advice on how best to target customers. I spoke to the founder of eRiple and mentioned that I’d like to learn how to code so he introduced me to some trainers who run a free coding group for young adults. Yes, I still qualify as a young adult. But I can’t give away all the freebies in one post so I’ll tell you all more about that in a later post.

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