Program Manager

Speeding up maritime innovation in the Port of Antwerp

PortXL is looking for a Program Manager in Antwerp. PortXL is the first and only startup accelerator in maritime, logistics and energy around the world. This role is working closely with the current PortXL director in setting up and managing the business fast track Program in terms of execution, planning and development. This person will work closely with startups and corporates in the Maritime, Logistics and Chemical sector and with the PortXL team based in Rotterdam (NL), to attract new partners and most importantly, be responsible in ensuring experiences are inspiring, accessible, and empowering for all PortXL stakeholders (startups, corporates and mentors). The program manager will work in parallel with the PortXL teams in Rotterdam and Singapore to translate global ideas into locally relevant content. The ideal candidate is creative, strategic, and, above all, knows how to execute flawlessly in areas like organising events, setting up processes, communication internally and externally and much more. A strong local network and Belgian roots are key for our candidate.

Key Tasks

  • Scouting startups: 10 startups per month
  • Find new partners (maritime/chemical/logistics/energy corporates) that want to join the program
  • Setting up events, the program, communication (website, social media, etc) and much more
  • Report on a weekly basis to Rotterdam-team

Capabilities and attitude

  • Entrepreneurial self starter, with at least 5 years of professional working experience.
  • Need to be able to think strategic, think how to develop the program in Antwerp and to contribute to the global PortXL mission.
  • Needs to be practical and hands on: make your own slides, write and post tweets, organize events. 
  • Willing to travel 4 to 8 times per year.
  • Have an open mind, can-do mentality, healthy ambition, internal drive and passion.
  • Down to earth mentality that fits with the maritime and B2B sectors.

Relevant experience

  • Experience with setting up a business (company/startup).
  • Experience in the investor progress (early stage VC).
  • Hands on innovation manager at a larger corporate with ambition to build something new.

Our offer

Joining PortXL means experiencing and accelerating in cooperation. Flexibility and feedback are core values. Depending on your experience, your salary will be € 4000,00 a month. The 1st contract is 6 months on the basis of 4 or 5 days per week.

Selection procedure

After selecting the most exciting candidates, we will meet them all in one day in Antwerp. We select you in the same PortXL way as we approach our startups; fast, direct, energetic. 


Please send your cv and motivation letter (max. 1 A4) to by February 4th 2019. More on PortXL:

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