Marc Cornelissen Brightlands Award 

Encouraging pioneers towards a sustainable world

The Marc Cornelissen Brightlands Award is an incentive prize that promotes the beliefs of sustainability pioneer Marc Cornelissen (1968- 2015). His passion, respect and love for our earth and the people around him, as well as his attitude towards life connects the award with promising entrepreneurs and scientists who are on their way to help people and planet.

Brightlands is a vibrant innovation community of 24.000 optimists in sustainability and health, located in Limburg, the Netherlands. Brightlands is the initiator and co-namer of this award, stimulating talent in the spirit of Marc Cornelissen.


The coronacrisis is now unfortunately holding us back from organizing the third edition of the award. We intend to plan the next competition as soon as possible, so keep an eye on our website and social media channels!

Are you or do you know a real pioneer?

An entrepreneur or researcher working on  innovations for

tomorrow’s life?

We could just support

with € 35.000!

Marc Cornelissen Brightlands Award

Sustainable world

The Marc Cornelissen Brightlands Award is intended for candidates who distinguish themselves in the spirit of Marc Cornelissen in their collaborative leadership and cross border collaboration to make our world more sustainable. Candidates are able to radiate ambassadorship of this award as well as of Brightlands. 

Marc Cornelissen


Thinking, dreaming, daring and doing, across geographical, scientific and organizational boundaries, this was Marc Cornelissen until his unexpected death in 2015. As a professional adventurer he had one passion, creating a sustainable world. Therefore he dared to choose other pathways than the usual ones.




Brightlands is a community of 24.000 ambitious entrepreneurs, researchers and students. At four Brightlands campuses, they team up to take on global challenges in health, sustainability, digitization and nutrition. Brightlands is the initiator and co-namer of this award and facilitates the organization of the event, fundraising and candidate recruitment.

Award Prize





The Marc Cornelissen Brightlands Award consists of a memento and a cash prize of € 35.000. The amount is to be spent on the activities identified by the candidate at the nomination.

Candidates and application

Sustainable people and planet

Candidates distinguish themselves in their collaborative leadership to make this world more sustainable

Talent in the spirit of Marc

Promising entrepreneurial talent with courage and leadership to realize innovative solutions for the sustainability challenges of our society for present and future generations.


Candidates can be originating from all over the world.  


Application candidates till to be announced soon

Pitch of top candidates:    to be announced soon

Announcement finalists:   to be announced soon 

Award ceremony: 

to be announced soon

Why wait?

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If you want to support the Marc Cornelissen Brightlands Award and young enthusiastic, progressive entrepreneurs and researchers, you can make a donation to become a Friend of Marc Cornelissen Brightlands Award.

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Finalists and winners

Winner 1st. edition

Martine Bouman

Winner 2nd. edition

Bart Knols

Winner 3th. edition?

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