The MAI is best known as a conference centre but it is also has plenty of office space and is permanent home to a very interesting group of international associations covering all the diversity of the sector from consumer information to fair trade to migration. In the box, there is a list of our tenants. We also provide a postal address for 36 organisations.
More is offered than just office space: there is a reception service, wifi, photocopying and a 20% reduction on use of the meeting rooms. We do find that despite the diversity of international associations, there are shared concerns and that we can build an MAI community.
Three steps are being taken to develop our role as incubator and community builder.
- one of our larger offices is being refurbished for start-ups to co-work and have access to all the facilities one would expect to find in a fully equipped and self-sufficient European association (directories, contact data bases and advice about setting up in Brussels, fundraising and lobbying with the EU). We are taking a leaf out of the model well-established in Brussels of incubators for SMEs set up in research parks close to universities. There is, however, no incubator for the start-up process of developing an international association. An incubator can also help take international associations to the next level.
- a space for our tenants to get together has been set aside in an adjacent town house – no 38 Rue Washington- on the 3rd floor. The 1st floor leading out to the garden is being developed for more prestigious events such as high level discussion groups, press conferences, board meetings and receptions.
- any visitor from London or Paris is immediately struck by how much space is available at very reasonable prices at the MAI - something unheard of back home and virtually unknown in most capitals.
The MAI has 3000 square meters of space with plenty of light in green surroundings and in an attractive part of town. So, what are you waiting for to make more use of this unique facility?