MAI NEWS n° 2 - 2016
Why not incubate your international association at the MAI? 

Why not incubate your international association at the MAI? 

Since 1982, MAI facilitates the activities of international and European associations and also non-governmental organisations. As resource centre and meeting place, MAI offers:
  • a unique choice at affordable prices of small seminar rooms and larger conference facilities able to accommodate 300 people;
  • a postal address for those who need a presence in Brussels, temporary and permanent office space.
  • support services and knowledge sharing to incubate and develop international associations.
Since starting at the MAI a year ago, I have been impressed by the amount of support for our work which comes from the Brussels Region.

The Association Bureau set up by Visit Brussels was launched at the Association Summit end of May. This provides the context with its One-stop shop for developing the MAI, which is a recognised partner: “the Association Bureau acts as a single point of contact for associations, steering them to the right direction to reach their business goals and connecting them to the right people, able to assist them with any information related to the setting up or the running of an organization in Brussels (financial or legal issues, human resources, offices spaces, meetings facilities, living in Brussels, etc.).”
In supporting the Association Bureau we work closely with FAIB and UIA developing common positions when necessary.

What is the specific contribution which can be made by the MAI to the one-stop?
Above all it is the space-over 3000 square meters at MAI, which can be adapted and modernized to cater to the different needs of starting up and growing an international association in Brussels. In this scheme of things,
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!
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