We want to change
the way we trade

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OUR APPROACH

Let's make trade future-proof together!

Why we exist
B2B commerce has a significant impact on our lives. It ensures that we can work, eat, and enjoy life. Yet it does not reach its full potential. The trade industry is a collection of industries that work together in different areas, but everyone minds their own business regarding innovation.

AREA42 wants to improve trade and make solutions for a fluid and risk-savvy trade environment. We're a venture builder specializing in B2B trade and run the most inclusive TradeTech community globally.

We go where no one has gone before
We're working hard to future-proof trade.
No blah blah - just real and sustainable impact for our and future generations.

Sharing knowledge
We gather intelligent and pragmatic people who want to move forward. Together we’ll reinvent trade and create innovations that benefit the entire trade ecosystem.

Tackling big issues together
We’re partnering with others to tackle problems too complex to fix alone. Some of our partners include the World Economic Forum, Fintech Belgium, and La Place Fintech

We solve trade problems with TradeTech
TradeTech is a new industry that leverages technology to improve the trade of goods and services. We solve real B2B trade problems with real TradeTech solutions. Our accelerator programme, MISSION42, is driving this forward.

Laser-focused on what matters most
There are a lot of aspects when it comes to TradeTech, but we believe the Trade Finance Gap of 1.7 trillion dollars, as identified by the Asian Development Bank, deserves our full attention. For years we’ve been building knowledge on the financial part of TradeTech, but we’re open to looking at other facets, too.

Putting our money where our mouth is
Finding new, alternative ways to create business opportunities is what we love. With the help of our investors and our parent company, Credendo, we can take them to the next level.

MEET THE TEAM

We are a diverse team based on three important values:
respect, curiosity, and boldness.

We believe in:
mutual trust, entrepreneurship, collective creativity, technological excellence, and solid execution.

These are the people behind AREA42.

Lode Vermeersch
General Management
Frederik Simoen
Innovation & Strategy Manager
Adrian Birlogeanu
IT & Engineering Manager
Jessica Nemeth
Product Manager
Matej Urban
Data & Risk Manager
Saskia Buntinx
Office & Talent Manager
Florent Bardy
Product Manager
Jana Púllová
Product Owner & Common Components Manager
Jan-Pieter Laleman
Data Team Lead
Frank Speeckaert
Enterprise Architect
Diego Silvestri
Compliance & Collections Manager
Nesrine Ben Njima
Operations Manager & IT Support Manager
Lucie Burisin
Lab Experiment Contributor
Nicolae Filip Heruvim
Test Automation Engineer
Yassine Kharchaf
Data & Risk Infrastructure Developer
Pablo Abreu
Product Owner
Joris Meert
Data Scientist
Sorin Urziceanu
Full Stack Developer
Dries Timmermans
Legal
Silvia Orosova
Customer Success Executive
Gregory Gobel
Marketing Coordinator
Hector Granero
Graphic Designer
Rron Ulaj
Sales Strategy Manager
Karel Vanderheyden
Business Development Coach
Andrey Varkentin
Data Scientist
Afonso Rebelo de Sousa
Lean Startup Coach
ABOUT AREA42

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Let’s have a chat

Hi, I’m Frederik. I can’t wait to hear from you and discover the opportunities to join forces.