Sources of regional venture funding


LIOF is a regional investment fund involved in value creation in the Dutch province of Limburg including the Brightlands campuses. The LIOF supports spin-offs by taking stakes in startup companies, it helps draw companies to the campus, and focuses on furthering networking and clustering. LIOF identifies interesting companies, connects entrepreneurs, researchers, and health providers to form clusters. It then works to establish and maintain a network

Chemelot Ventures

Chemelot Ventures is an active regional venture capital investor in advanced materials and life sciences in the southern Netherlands. It focuses on enhancing the value of its portfolio of companies by using its network and the network of its partners: DSM Nederland, the Dutch province of Limburg, the Limburg Development and Investment Company (LIOF), Rabobank, and the Brightlands campuses. The fund of EUR 40 million started in 2014 and is the successor of Limburg Ventures. Launched in 2004, it has a portfolio comprising 22 companies.

Limburg Business Development Fund

The Limburg Business Development Fund comprises a Pre-Seed Fund and a Proof of Concept (PoC) Fund for researchers who have developed knowledge with market potential, For these funds, EUR 1.3 and EUR 17 million respectively are available between 2013 and 2018.

Limburg Makers

Limburg Makers is an initiative of the Dutch province of Limburg, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Limburg Development and Investment Company (LIOF), which runs it. The program, which will run until September 2016, comprises a cohesive program of meetings, workshops and a number of subsidies aligned to the specific stages of a company’s innovation project.

Innovatiefonds Limburg

The Limburg Innovation Fund (Innovatiefonds Limburg) is an initiative of the Dutch province of Limburg and aims to stimulate SMEs in the province, helping them to realize innovations in every sense.