Venue Booking Firm Spacebase Debuts in the U.S.

Spacebase, an online booking platform for unique small meeting venues, has launched its first properties in the United States. The company, which is similar to Airbnb in that it rents space in privately owned settings such as art galleries, photo studios and industrial spaces, has added 80 offsite-spaces in New York City.

The sharing-economy business was launched in 2015 in Europe and now offers 2,000 spaces in 35 cities around the world. Planners can book the space in real time, as close as two hours before the event. "Eighty percent of our bookings are for events that take place within a month," founder/CEO Julian Jost told Meetings & Conventions in a sit-down meeting during the IMEX America show. Users also have the ability to book A/V and F&B; in most instances, the venues have their own equipment and catering connections; for those who don't, says Jost, Spacebase has preferred caterers in the cities it serves whom venue owners can source. Spacebace accepts credit cards, PayPal and, to comply with many corporate policies, will invoice customers for events booked. "We take away the RFP stuff," says Jost. For a full list of venues, go to