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Join our 2023 Accelerator Programme

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MISSION42 is an accelerator programme designed to allow entrepreneurial minds and innovators like you do what you do best and build our next TradeTech startup from the ground up

Build your team
9 months
Work from anywhere in the EU27
Pitch your startup

Our goal is to fulfil AREA42's purpose by accelerating 4 TradeTech ventures in 2023 - from idea to MVP

Cohort of 4 entrepreneurial duos across the EU27

Tested approach to build and accelerate startups

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Tenured coaching

Managed remotely from Brussels

Competitive compensation package.

ABOUT area42

We are innovators making trade future-proof by disrupting B2B commerce and trade. Learn more about AREA42.

#innovators #tradetech  #accelerator #venturebuilding #startups #SME

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Apply online
JAN/Feb 2023
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Interview scheduling
Feb 2023
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1st round interviews
Feb 2023
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2nd round interviews
MARCH 2023
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Final selection
MARCH 2023
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Get started
FROM april 2023

Above all, you're a resilient and relentless doer with the ambition to build a game-changing venture.

Our ideal candidates will clearly express key motivations for joining the programme, highlight entrepreneurial initiatives, and demonstrate useful skills for venture building.

During the MISSION42 journey, you'll focus on what it takes to create a successful startup. Identifying and validating a need and market, preparing a business plan, meeting weekly milestones and coaching challenges, creating a pitch, and pitching.

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About you in 5 points

You may be a blank slate or have some entrepreneurial experience when it comes to the SME market or Trade Technology solutions. You’ve tried to make money before, from a lemonade stand to a tested business idea, so you know how to offer solutions that truly address a measurable need.


You’re a doer with a love for learning. This is essential as MISSION42 is a development process coached by tenured entrepreneurs. The idea is that you identify your insight and validate it during your journey.


You can dedicate 9 months full time to reach a go or no-go defining moment for your startup. You can start from April 2023 or even a bit later. You’ll also be spending one day per month in Brussels with the accelerator team.


You can work with a full-time partner. Bring your co-pilot or let us team you up with one, but remember this is a joint effort and complementary skills will be key.


You both can legally invoice from an EU27 country. This means you and your co-pilot must each have a VAT number or be willing, able, and eligible for one in any of these countries:
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, or Sweden.

What you need to apply

It takes 20 minutes to apply and one individual can apply for a candidate team. Here’s what you need:

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Email addresses

Each team member's email needs to be included in the application form. The one filling out the form needs to use a gmail address.

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An updated CV for each applicant

Have these handy! And yes, you’ll be able to upload them together in the same application form.

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Our online application form

We’ve made it as simple and straightforward as possible. We can't wait to receive your submissions.

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You’re in good company

Meet some of your future team members

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Lode Vermeersch
General management
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Frederik Simoen
Innovation & Strategy Manager
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Afonso R. de Sousa
Lean Startup Coach
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Gregory Gobel
Marketing Coordinator
Saskia Buntinx
Office & Talent Manager
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Karel Vanderheyden
Business Development Coach

Questions? We've got answers.

I have no experience in trade, B2B, or SMEs -  can I apply?

The criteria here is whether or not you are or want to know what it’s like to be an entrepreneur and can build a solution customers pay for. Experience in trade, B2B or working for / with SMEs are not required. But if you have some already, that's great, too!

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I’m a graduate, do I qualify?

Absolutely. By the way we are a gender and age-neutral company. Anyone is welcome to apply as long as they are ready to work and capable of invoicing in the EU.

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I am not an EU national but live legally in the EU, can I apply?

It’s ok as long as you, as a non-EU passport holder, has legal residency in an EU country and a VAT number from an EU member country.

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What if I already have a venture in trade I want to accelerate?

That’s excellent! Sounds like you are already a venture-builder and you should go for it but MISSION42 is not be the right place for you. For MISSION42 we are looking for individuals who can discover and craft their idea according to insights gathered during the acceleration phase. However, let's see if there is space to collaborate so get in touch with us via AREA42's programme for Founders.

I don’t have a co-pilot to work with me, can I still apply?

Yes, you can. We’ll do our best to match you but chances are it’s way faster to onboard you when you apply as a team.

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My co-pilot lives in a different town, can we apply?

Working together daily and physical access to each other is strongly encouraged and it will greatly help your application. So as long as this other town means you can still work together daily, it’s ok.

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Will you pay for co-working space?

No, we will not pay for co-working space but your compensation package can be used for that purpose. You’re welcome to visit our co-working space in Brussels on Mondays.

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What kind of assets and platforms can I access?

We have a few licensed tools such as OutSystems for development, but as an entrepreneur you are empowered to propose tools we may adopt to help you. By the way, we don’t provide laptops or other equipment so you'll need your own.

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Any unanswered questions?

Hi, I'm Frederik. I can't wait to hear from you to explore and discuss MISSION42.

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