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

Brightlands Venture Partners

Brightlands Venture Partners is an independent regional venture capital fund manager in the south of the Netherlands (Limburg) with a focus on smart materials, life sciences, agrifood and smart services. Through three funds - Limburg Ventures, Chemelot Ventures and Brightlands Agrifood fund - they support innovative companies which fit in with the ecosystem of the Brightlands campuses.

While it is a private initiative, it aims to bring together private and public funding to make venture capital available and help create a thriving Brightlands ecosystem with sustainability and health as its themes.

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.


Casper Bruens

Manager Brightlands Venture Partners
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