Work: Be Next!

The new working and sustainability

The corona pandemic shined a spotlight on the shape of workplaces - almost overnight, work processes changed across much of the economy.

We solve it with innovative startups

With five excellent teams we developed ideas that challenge the status quo of how we work with their unique, innovative ideas.

Waste: Be Circular!

Waste Be Circular was the first THE MISSION program.

Together with 11 companies covering the entire plastic value chain, from production (Huhtamaki, Schur Flexibles), distribution (DB Schenker), retail (Schwarz Group), recycling (PreZero), and many more, the five selected teams worked on their solutions to reduce, reuse or recycle plastic waste.

Plastic is a global problem

Plastic is everywhere, and you can hardly get rid of it and it is our task to solve this problem.

We solve it with innovative startups

With five excellent teams we developed ideas that challenge the status quo of the recycling industry with their unique, innovative ideas.

How did the program go?

Our highlights & success stories


Optimo develops software for shift managers in industrial companies who don’t have the time and tools to plan when a blue-collar worker should learn and what. The solution is a planning tool that suggests which person should learn what and when based on data about the person's availability, the skills that must be learned, and the available learning resources.
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PlanCo is the first platform to enable companies to offer a benefits package designed for industrial sites in full consideration of employees' habits and needs and combines community effects with physical services. PlanCo facilitates interactions among employees, i.e., exchanging advice & items and connects industrial site neighborhoods with local businesses, i.e., groceries delivery.
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The Carbonator empowers managers to improve the company's sustainability performance by providing easy access to credible, relevant and understandable sustainability data and creating transparency within a centralized and collaborative data exchange platform. Progress tracking allows managers to become proactive by identifying deviations from the company's sustainability goals and adjust actions accordingly.


Offisense is providing a platform that makes work colleagues getting in touch with each other as easy as bumping into one another in front of the coffee machine. Their interest-based matching system overcomes hierarchies, departments and locations: Bringing people together over topics that matter to them.


With FlexOffice, we want to enable office space where people actually live. By providing a platform for sustainable coworking spaces in suburban areas, we will be able to transfer the benefits of working from home to an office environment. And by this, we will be able to clearly separate work from home, decrease commute and increase across industry exchange - a win-win-win solution. Check out our prototype and email us with questions or feedback of any kind:

Success stories

Annabell Hillenbrandt

Senior Manager, Bain & Company
In The Mission, you have motivated and driven young talents on the one side and big established companies on the other side. Bringing them together creates an incredible microcosmos where you can really change things.  

- Niklas Schaefer

Founder of Budge, THE MISSION Alumni
Besides an energizing team spirit, you become part of a potential new start-up in a setting incomparable to anything else. Or can you think about a place where you get all the freedom you need to be creative and being paid for creating your own company?

- Lynn Knapp

Co-founder AmetiXGreen, THE MISSION Alumni
The program provides you not only with a safe environment to develop your ideas or with experienced partners to work with. It also comes with many open-minded and energetic people and heaps of drive and positive energy.