Inside the workspace for start-ups with their heads in the clouds: Photos

Inside the workspace for start-ups with their heads in the clouds: Photos

Summary: A new workspace on the 39th floor of Canary Wharf is extending London's Tech City out to Docklands, and aims to bring together smart start-ups and potential customers.

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  • The workspace's location in the heart of Canary Wharf puts it very close to financial institutions and aims to create more "happy collisions" between entrepreneurs and potential customers in the form of banks.

    Or as Eric van der Kleij, head of Level39 and previously chief executive of the Tech City Investment Organisation, put it: "Think of Shoreditch for start-ups and here for growth."

  • The workspace includes a 200-seat event space, set of meeting rooms (dubbed 'sandboxes') plus a drop-in space, with 'hot' and fixed desks available for hire, plus an open plan kitchen with an iPad-powered coffee machine, seen above.

    Over the last 12 weeks the space has been tested out by seven businesses taking part in the Accenture Fintech Innovation lab.

  • van der Kleij said: "The challenges that Shoreditch and central London have around power and connectivity are not a problem here because it's a well planned city."

    He added: "We're not trying to copy anywhere else. We consider ourselves to be very complementary to Tech City we consider ourselves very much part of that." With 7,000 tech workers at Canary Wharf, "that already makes it a pretty dense cluster," according to van der Kleij.

    Pictured above is the 'business club lounge' of Level39.

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Topics: Start-Ups, Emerging Tech, United Kingdom

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  • Wow.. that wall with Jobs on it....

    Nothing like having a quick snack with Jobs disapproving face staring you down.

    Ick.
    TheWerewolf
    • Or looking over your shoulder

      to take your next great idea. :)
      William Farrel
  • A reminder to patent your ideas..

    or the company Jobs built will steal it and call it their innovation.
    Buzz88
  • Where's The Teleconference Room?

    ... with a direct line to the development team in Hyderabad.
    Two-Wolves