Space with a Soul signs international cooperation agreement

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June 30th, 2011

Boston, MA — This morning Space with a Soul, a nonprofit mission accelerator, signed a partnership agreement that promotes innovation-focused collaboration between Boston and Brussels with BetaGroup, a network of Belgian web entrepreneurs.

The agreement encourages knowledge sharing between the two groups. Among those present at the signing were Benoit Cerexhe, Minister of Employment, Economy, Foreign Trade, and Scientific Research for the Brussels-Capital Region and Sam Hammar, a member of the Economic Development staff for the City of Boston.

One of the most valuable benefits of locating at Space with a Soul is the inventive spirit that results from collaboration in the shared space, said Stas Gayshan, founder and CEO of Space with a Soul.

Both Gayshan and BetaGroup CEO Jean Derély look forward to expanding the scope of their collaborative efforts on an international scale.

Partnering with BetaGroup exposes our residents to a wider world of ideas, which in turn will power innovation, Gayshan said.

The mutual mission of BetaGroup and Space with a Soul is to extend the advantages of large enterprises to organizations operating on a smaller scale, including small nonprofits and startup technology organizations.

Space with a Soul offers managed office space to nonprofits and other small organizations in Boston. It minimizes the strain of managing these ventures by offering operational support and a network of skilled service providers. With similar founding principles, BetaGroup offers managed office space and fosters connections among Belgian entrepreneurs, development firms, and investors.

We are excited to welcome BetaGroup to Boston, which has a long history of new ideas and creative thinking, said Gayshan. We look forward to learning as much as possible from them and sharing what we and the city’s Innovation District have to offer.

As a part of the agreement, the two organizations will exchange one week of office space and facilitate valuable introductions to entrepreneurs and investment firms in each city.

By putting out the welcome mat and introducing this delegation to our neighbors, we are opening opportunities in Boston for all of BetaGroup’s network, said Gayshan. We look forward to introducing our network to our new friends in Brussels.

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About Space with a Soul

Space with a Soul is a nonprofit organization that provides shared office space, shared services, and a network of affordable service providers to nonprofit residents. The services available at the Center allow small organizations to reduce their operational overhead and provide access to the benefits of a larger enterprise. As a result, money saved on programming can be redirected to realizing mission. In addition to operational benefits, residents at Space with a Soul benefit from being part of a thriving community working to change the world. Space with a Soul is currently home to organizations with missions such as domestic violence prevention and improving professional opportunities in developing nations.  All residents are engaged in socially conscious programs and benefit from exposure to the programming of fellow residents.  Please visit us at