Brightlands Innovation Factory
Brightlands Innovation Factory is the entrepreneurial backbone of the Brightlands ecosystem. We get inspired by daring ideas for a better and more sustainable world. We empower today’s pioneers in advanced materials, health, nutrition, and smart services on their journey from a bold idea to a legendary company. At Brightlands Innovation Factory, all the bases are covered. World-class industry knowledge and expertise are coupled with expert supported programs, value-added services and facilities, and access to funding.

Incubate. Accelerate. Validate. Scale. That’s what we do.


At the Brightlands campuses, researchers, entrepreneurs, and students collaborate to develop sustainable solutions to global challenges in materials, health, and nutrition. We are home to a conglomeration of companies - from startups to multinationals - with research institutes in practical and applied sciences, and centers devoted to study and education.

The close collaboration between companies at Brightlands enhances your scientific products and saves - and earns - you money. We help turn ideas into businesses.

Brightlands consists of four campuses:

  1. Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen, focusing on high-performance bio-based and biomedical materials;
  2. Brightlands Maastricht Health Campus focusing on biomedical imaging, regenerative medicine, and cardiovascular research;
  3. Brightlands Smart Services in Heerlen, developing talent and innovation in business and technology.
  4. Brightlands Greenport Campus in Venlo, developing nutrition solutions based on agribusiness, manufacturing, and logistics.

No longer can a single sector solve worldwide problems on its own. Now, research and business must collaborate. That's why Brightlands stimulates research and development that crosses disciplines and geographical borders to find new solutions. By doing this, Brightlands boosts regional economic development. 


Limburg region
Maastricht, the provincial capital of Limburg, is at the center of the Meuse-Rhine Euregion, an international market of 3.8 million affluent inhabitants. This is where people from the Netherlands interact with their close neighbors in Belgium and Germany, both socially and through extensive exchange networks. The Limburg region is thus a great place for startups to develop their business.



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LaunchBase Round 5
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comprehensive 5 month pre-incubation programme for startups in the making More info

Idea Discovery | Workshop (learning) | Limburg
Post-hackathon Showcase conference DBH17
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The largest, most active & diverse Blockchain ecosystem in the world will gather for the showcase conference of the Dutch Blockchain... More info

Idea Discovery, Mature | Networking & Meetups, Talks & Interviews | Limburg

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