Marc Cornelissen Brightlands Award
Challenging pioneers to create a sustainable world
The need to push the boundaries of sustainability is becoming ever
more obvious. The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals provide direction to this sustainability transition. In practice, however, this road is often littered with bumps and potholes that stand in the way of arriving at breakthroughs that matter. It is a road paved with patience that is reserved solely for true sustainability pioneers with a mission.
The Marc Cornelissen Brightlands Award is a way of encouraging talented pioneers to persevere, show courage and leadership on the road to achieving their dream. The award competition offers all participants a Brightlands platform for knowledge, networking and collaboration, and for the winner, a cash prize of €35,000 to accelerate the realization of their dream.
Marc Cornelissen Brightlands Award 2021
25 sustainability pionieers working on innovations for
6 candidates are selected by the jury to the pitch event on December 8.
Marc Cornelissen (1968 - 2015) was just such a sustainability pioneer who displayed courage and leadership in tackling climate change up untilthe day he died. In order to create a sustainable world, we need many talented pioneers like Marc. Learn more about Marc Cornelissen and his legacy:
Suggest a pioneer or apply yourself and win a cash prize of €35,000 to accelerate the realization of a dream.
Marc Cornelissen Brightlands Award
The Marc Cornelissen Brightlands Award is intended for candidates who set themselves apart in keeping with the spirit of Marc Cornelissen in their collaborative leadership and cross-border partnerships to make our world more sustainable. Candidates are able to fulfill the role as ambassadors of this award and that of the Brightlands organization.
Thinking, dreaming, daring and doing, across geographical, scientific and organizational boundaries: this was who Marc Cornelissen was until his unexpected death in 2015. As a professional adventurer he had one passion, creating a sustainable world, and he was not afraid to choose paths other than the traditional ones to achieve this goal.
Brightlands is a community of 24,000 ambitious entrepreneurs, researchers and students. They team up at the four Brightlands campuses to take on global challenges in health, sustainability, digitalization and nutrition. Brightlands is the initiator and co-namer of this award and facilitates the organization of the event, fundraising and candidate recruitment.
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 during the application and nomination process.
Candidates and application
Sustainable people and planet
Candidates set themselves apart through their collaborative leadership to make the world more sustainable
Talent that celebrates Marc's spirit
Promising entrepreneurial talent with courage and leadership to realize innovative solutions for the sustainability challenges of our society for present and future generations.
Candidates originate from all over the world.
Application deadline for candidates
November 15th, 2020
Pitches from top candidates:
December 8th 2020, Venlo
Announcement of finalists:
December 8th, 2020
January 20 2021, Geleen
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