an association would go first to the One-stop shop, for information and sources of advice.
To this we are suggesting there might be added an intensive induction course for newcomers or would-be newcomers.
If the idea of setting up in Brussels sticks, the next step would be to find affordable office space to be shared on a temporary or more permanent basis with other start-ups. This is not just about setting up an office. It is also about mutual and hands on-help, or incubation in the sense of helping people to cut through the red-tape and accelerate the start-up process.
The “incubator” should not be just a physical but also a virtual space for knowledge sharing. It is being gradually equipped with all the tools you would expect to find in a self-sufficient European association.
There is also the advantage at MAI of benefiting from the experience of our tenants and having access to meeting rooms. Space and lots of is at low cost is almost a pre-condition for all incubators. One for international associations is a surprising gap in the market, which will now be filled with the launch of the One-stop shop.
So please watch this space and pass on the message to anyone who might be interested!