Google to launch Campus for startups in São Paulo

The company's sixth facility for new ventures will start operations next month

Google will launch its first digital entrepreneurship hub in the Brazilian city of São Paulo next month.

The venue will be a mix of coworking space, new venture accelerator and networking center, while also offering courses and seminars to those interested in the digital startup scene.

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Dubbed Google Campus, the São Paulo building is the company's first startup community hub in South America and sixth globally.

The Brazilian center will be led by André Barrence, who previously managed Seed, one of the country's highest-profile government-backed startup acceleration schemes, which got restructured (and nearly canned) following the change of governor at the state of Minas Gerais.

According to the company, the new venue will start operations after Carnival in mid-February. Interested parties can sign up online for a chance to get picked to become a member and use the facilities, which will be free of charge.

It is not yet known who will be doing the selection of the São Paulo venue's initial tenants, since Google doesn't tend to do that directly.

Other Campuses are located in London, Madrid, Seoul, Warsaw and Tel Aviv. The latter campus has produced startups such as Waze, which ended up getting bought by Google. According to the web giant, companies created within its Campuses have generated some 5,000 jobs.