#26 Roxanne Varza | Can you teach entrepreneurship?

#26 Roxanne Varza | Can you teach entrepreneurship?

Roxanne Varza not only has one of the most cinematic names of anyone we’ve talked to, but it also carries a boatload of weight in the European startup ecosystem. She is the Director of Station F, the biggest startup campus in the world, located in Paris (France, not Texas). Roxanne has played a central role in building one of the most vibrant startup communities ever, helping founders give their startups a boost. But what is the exact function of such communities? How can they ‘teach’ entrepreneurship and facilitate its broader adoption? In this episode, we will talk about the difference between the American and European ecosystems, how to get more people into entrepreneurship, and Station F’s role in all of this.

Expect to learn:

- Can you teach entrepreneurship? How?

- What is the benefit of centralized hubs for entrepreneurs?

- What is the biggest difference in mindset between the American and European ecosystem according to Roxanne?

- How does Roxanne define success for Station F?

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01:27 Intro to Roxanne

02:55 Biggest difference between French and American entrepreneurs

05:28 What could the European ecosystem still learn from the American?

07:06 Talking about money in Europe vs America

09:27 Intro to Station F

12:02 Can you teach entrepreneurship?

13:50 What’s the benefit of joining a centralized community?

15:17 What does Station F look like?

17:19 Why should one not join Station F or a similar community?

18:38 How do you attract different kinds of people to entrepreneurship?

20:47 How do you start teaching someone entrepreneurship?

22:58 What kind of fundamentals does a company need to have in place for entering Station F?

25:48 Station F as a litmus test for the startup community

28:45 What is Station F’s purpose?

30:23 Surprising characteristics of successful entrepreneurs

33:16 Roxanne’s experience as an angel investor

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