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1 Matthews Yard, Off Surrey Street, Croydon

1 Matthews Yard, Off Surrey Street, Croydon

Leoni Descartes, our new Chief Executive, starts a new series where guest bloggers share what Matthews Yard means to them   

Over two years in and it’s still refreshing that I get excited and surprised by working at Matthews Yard. It is not just the thousands of people I see every week, or the hundreds you have that brief brush of conversation with, or the few dozen you will witness to be the future leaders and ambassadors for the Cronx. It isn’t Matthews Yard’s constant ability to adapt to changes and competition in the market so quickly either. The thing which has made me grow so fond – is the community that surrounds it.

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What is Matthews Yard?

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A view from where the front door is now looking through what is now the kitchen to the workspace and studio.

In the last three years I must have been asked this question hundreds of times and each time I have probably given a different answer. In fairness, the answer isn’t that obvious, or at least it wasn’t to me. The reason being, Matthews Yard today is a far cry from the abandoned basement I started to convert into a coffee shop and workspace in December 2011.

For the first time in three years I have a definitive answer to the question, what is Matthews Yard?

Matthews Yard is a community incubator and accelerator.
Matthews Yard is a community incubator and accelerator.

For the geeks amongst you, think YCombinator or Seedcamp, with less coffee and more tech (sic).

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