Brightlands is an international open innovation community in Limburg, the Netherlands. At the four Brightlands Limburg innovation campuses, different communities contribute to groundbreaking innovations in the fields of circularity, health, nutrition, and data. The combination of science, entrepreneurship, talent, and state-of-the-art facilities are united in one place. At the Brightlands innovation campuses, research institutes and companies are enabled to innovate faster and more efficiently, which ensures that innovative start-ups find the facilities and opportunities to make their dreams come true.Read more
The immediate region includes universities in Aachen (DE), Liège (BE) and Maastricht, complemented by the Open University (one of the world’s largest e-learning facilities), the Zuyd University of Applied Sciences , the Maastricht University Medical Center (MUMC+) and HAS University of Applied Sciences (the best educational and expertise Center in the southern Netherlands for the agri-food and environment sectors). We also work in close cooperation with the Corda Campus in Hasselt (BE) and RWTH in Aachen (DE)
In Limburg as well as the adjacent regions of Germany and Belgium, there are numerous opportunities for financial support. Of course there is LIOF, the regional development agency of Limburg, and in Belgium (Hasselt) we have the investment company LRM and in Germany (Düsseldorf) the NRW Bank.
They all develop and stimulate economic growth in Limburg and work closely with private investors, and have access to national and European programs that offer financial support.
In Limburg there is a strong cooperation of organizations with a clear focus on SMEs, such as the Limburg Employers Association (De Limburgse Werkgevers Vereniging – LWV), The Limburg Agriculture and Horticulture Association (Limburgse Land- en Tuinbouwbond – LLTB), SME Limburg (Midden- en Kleinbedrijf – MKB Limburg), the Chamber of Commerce (Kamer van Koophandel – KvK) and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend – RVO).
In the field of foreign investment, LIOF also works with, among others, Dutch embassies and consulates, the trade promotion network of regional development agencies (TINL), the Netherlands Business Support Offices (NBSO), NL in Business, NL Works, and the innovation and agriculture attachés abroad.