About Brightlands

An Open Innovation Community

Brightlands, the compelling story

Borders. You can explore and shift them, respect or push them. At Brightlands, we prefer to cross borders, hence our motto “knowledge crossing borders”. This might be knowledge born of science that leads to new products at companies, or knowledge from companies that finds new applications thanks to researchers and students, stimulated by close partnerships between government, knowledge institutes and business.


These innovations arise thanks to a unique approach in which science flocks to places where markets are developing. This is where our four Brightlands campuses grow; these open environments are where entrepreneurs, scientists and students work together to innovate, aren’t afraid to fail, and achieve breakthroughs. These are international breakthroughs in health, nutrition, materials and smart digital services, and combinations of these areas; after all, if you think without borders, new worlds can open up for you.
The development of green chemistry for example, or the cultivation of new organs to replace the diseased original organ. New ways of safely sharing digital information are also being devised, as are methods for increasing the nutritional value of crops. It’s all happening in the here-and-now at Brightlands where the focus is always on social value and commercial viability. There is always room for talent at every level, be this in the form of employment, education or entrepreneurship. We are working on solutions for the world that lead to opportunities, to create a Limburg without borders.

Four campuses

Brightlands consists of four campuses embracing the following areas of expertise:


Brightlands is the brand name of a joint triple helix initiative of the Dutch province of Limburg, Maastricht University, Maastricht University Medical Center+, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, Fontys International Campus Venlo, in close partnership with leading companies in specific market areas.

Ecosystem with state-of-the-art facilities

This public-private partnership works out in an open innovation ecosystem that rapidly grows from four campuses in Maastricht, Sittard-Geleen, Heerlen and Venlo as a home to state-of-the-art facilities, fundamental and applied research offered to scientist, entrepreneurs, students and investors. Together they create new chances and solutions in sustainability and health that are environmentally sound, business wise, socially positive and that makes this great region proud.

Support and management

All Brightlands campuses are supported by the Province of Limburg, Maastricht University, the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, private companies, as well as several European, national and local public funds. The campuses are managed jointly by leadership teams of their member partners who administer their respective campus bodies.

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