Talent Garden opens its first French coworking space in Lille
With €44 million raised in 2019, 138 employees, 8 countries and 23 campuses, Talent Garden is impressively successful. Founded in 2011, the Italian coworking network has also launched its own Innovation School and offers a range of events for digital innovators. From 1st June 2021, France will have its first Talent Garden (“TAG”) in the centre of Lille. It aims to boost the future unicorns of French Tech.
Lille, a vibrant city at the heart of Europe
Lille is the gateway to the French and European markets. The capital of Flanders can really hold its own and is increasingly chosen as a place of business over Paris. TAG would not disagree. The globally connected campus hosts professionals, startups, agencies, freelancers, investors and students from the digital innovation sector. In short “while Paris may have its Station F, Lille now has its Talent Garden”.
Plum in the heart of France’s 3rd largest business district, within the Westfield Euralille Shopping Centre, the Talent Garden coworking space has chosen Lille as its strategic centre. Surrounded by shops and restaurants, it is at the intersection of the railway lines connecting Paris, London and Brussels. This proximity to the Belgian capital is taken to the extreme: the offices are located at footbridge level connecting directly to the Brussels train platform. An ideal location for tech players who are used to business travel.
Intrinsically European, Talent Garden is also keen to involve local partners. It has already joined forces with its neighbour, Gym Club , to boost its opening offer to new members. Talent Garden includes a gym subscription as part its membership to motivate members to get sporty. Lille is the obvious choice not only due to its economic and geographic appeal and energy. The Lille Metropole reminds Davide Dattoli, Talent Garden’s Italian founder, of his native city, Brescia: a friendly city with a lively economy, steeped in industrial heritage. Located to the east of Milan, the city was chosen over the Lombardy capital for the first campus in 2011.
We are a community, not just a space
TAG’s core belief is that innovation thrives when you bring together a diverse collection of people motivated by change. The campuses are designed as cocoons for digital talent: friendly and flexible workspaces. TAG is far more than a coworking space. It is a community of enthusiasts, driven to succeed economically and professionally. TAG organises meet-ups, webinars, conferences and sets up innovation programmes which will launch in Lille as soon as the Covid situation allows. The key to its success lies in the combination of coworking space, innovation school and programmes for businesses in the same niche sector.
For Pauline Carpentier, Community Manager at Talent Garden Lille
“technology and innovation are tomorrow’s economy. We bring together innovators working in transversal and complementary sectors, making their lives easier by meeting their immediate needs, either by ourselves or by putting them in touch with the right partners and service providers. Because the key to success for a startup is speed.”
By putting agility at the heart of their business and offering tailor-made services, Talent Garden meets the increasing need for economic flexibility driven by the Covid crisis.
A community manager and hospitality manager are already in place driving the project in Lille and a third team member will be recruited by the end of the year. By betting on local, multi-lingual (French, English and Flemish), dynamic and multi-talented profiles, the Italian company is making its winning formula available to French explorers and innovators.
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