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About Brightlands

Tomorrow's life

Brightlands is an international open innovation community in Limburg, the Netherlands. Every day 29,000 entrepreneurs, researchers and students work on breakthroughs in the fields of sustainability, health and digitalization.

These innovations include the development of green chemistry for example, or repair cells, where a patient’s own new cells are cultivated to replace the diseased original organ. They also include new ways of safely sharing digital data or contributing to a higher nutritional value of crops. All of these innovations always take into account the potential social value and whether or not the product or service is commercially viable. There is always room for talent at every level, whether this is in the form of jobs, education or entrepreneurship. Working on Tomorrow's Life with solutions for the world that lead to opportunities for a Limburg without borders.

Four areas of expertise

At the four Brightlands campuses in Limburg (NL), different communities contribute to groundbreaking innovations in the fields of materials, circular chemistry, health, agri food, data science and smart digital services. This also includes combinations of these areas; after all, if you think without limits, new worlds can open up for you.

One ecosystem

374 companies
15,331 jobs
13,143 students

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Innovation hotspot

Brightlands is a unique place to further develop your talents as an entrepreneur, researcher or student and to innovate your company or products and services. Our campuses are located in the middle of an internationally oriented region, driven by innovation, ambition and cooperation across borders.

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Marc Cornelissen Brightlands Award

The Marc Cornelissen Brightlands Award is an incentive prize for sustainability pioneers to help them accelerate their dream project. The Marc Cornelissen Brightlands Award Foundation uses the award to stimulate the development of a community of sustainability pioneers. These candidates are entrepreneurs or scientists who, like polar explorer Marc Cornelissen (1968-2015), hope to work with others across borders, demonstrating courage and leadership for a sustainable future. The award consists of a memento and a cash prize of €35,000. 

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From repair cells to a vitamin check

Brightlands offers so many examples of groundbreaking innovations. This might be the development of reusable carpet for example, or solar paint, coating products for windows and walls that permit or block solar heat. They also include a vaccine based on your own immune cells, a vitamin check or an app that works like a “green wave” for inland shipping. These Bright Stories will inspire you to make the world a more sustainable, healthier place.

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Cooperation across borders

Brightlands has been made possible thanks to a partnership between the Province of Limburg, Maastricht University, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, Fontys University of Applied Sciences together with APG, BASF, DSM and Maastricht UMC+. Brightlands is supported by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, private companies and various European, national and local public funds and municipalities. It is a partnership that goes beyond geographical, organizational and scientific borders.

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