Facebook recently unveiled their latest London offices, situated in Rathbone Place and providing a home base for a diverse mix of engineers, developers, marketing and sales teams, spread out over 247,000sq ft across 7 floors. So far, so what, right? There’s nothing remarkable there. However what sets this office apart from Facebook’s existing premises, aside from being designed by award-winning architect Frank Gehry, is that the new offices will also offer incubator space to UK start-ups as part of a programme known as LDN_LAB. The programme, which will invite UK-based start-ups to take part per three month long programmes designed to help kick start and accelerate their businesses, is a first among Facebook offices.

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The programme aims to offer guidance and assistance to start-ups who are focused on creating, building or empowering communities through innovation and technology. Facebook experts from a range of disciplines including engineering, product and partnerships, will serve in mentor roles as part of the programme.

Nicola Mendelsohn, Vice President at Facebook EMEA, proudly asserted, “We’re delighted to be opening our new UK office today, announcing the creation of 800 new jobs and launching LDN_LAB, a dedicated development space for UK start-ups. Today’s announcements show that Facebook is more committed than ever to the UK and in supporting the growth of the country’s innovative start-ups.

“The UK’s flourishing entrepreneurial ecosystem and international reputation for engineering excellence makes it one of the best places in the world to build a tech company. And we’ve built our company here – this country has been a huge part of Facebook’s story over the past decade, and I look forward to continuing our work to achieve our mission of bringing the world closer together”.

Julian David, CEO of TechUK, also commented, “It is great to see a world-leading company like Facebook continuing to invest in London’s renowned tech ecosystem, despite the uncertainties surrounding Brexit. Facebook has chosen to be amongst like-minded businesses and the brightest minds in placing its very first in-house start-up incubator, LDN_LAB, in the UK.

“Large businesses are key to supporting innovation and we are excited to see what becomes of the start-ups that can grow and scale as a result of this endeavour. The message is clear: London is open, and tech is the flag bearer.”

Sam Bonson

Sam is an aspiring novelist with a passion for fantasy and crime thrillers. He is currently working as a content writer, journalist & editor as he continues to expand his horizons.
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