Incubator women who are changing face of enterprise

“It's just a start.” That is how Roxanne Varza, the director of Paris’s massive start-up incubator Station F, describes the news that 40% of new businesses now operating within its walls are run by women.

Station F was inaugurated in June by founder Xavier Niel, the internet tycoon who created Free, in the presence of friend President Emmanuel Macron. It is said to be the largest business ‘incubator’ in the world.

It aims to attract the brightest young entrepreneurs to the ‘campus’, where they can rent cheap desk space (around €200 a month) and get support to help them develop their ideas.

Places are open to anyone from anywhere in the world, and their ‘Fighters Program’ is aimed at people from difficult and under-privileged backgrounds. Bosses say they are also ...

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