Are you or do you know a true sustainability pioneer?

We are looking for the next winner of the Marc Cornelissen Brightlands Award. This is an incentive price that promotes the beliefs of sustainability pioneer Marc Cornelissen (1968 - 2015). His passion, respect and love for our planet and the people around him as well as his general outlook on life connects the award with promising entrepreneurs and scientists who are on their way to helping people and our planet.

Are you, or do you know a true sustainability pioneer who deserves this award and could use €35.000 to help realise a more sustainable world trough ground-breaking research, a sustainable solution or a disruptive innovation?

Tip a pioneer or register here to participate in the Cornelissen Brightlands Award. The registration will end 14th of November:

Want to see the impact of the Marc Cornelissen Brightlands Award? Bart Knols, award winner of 2018 shares his story on a sustainable solution to combat Malaria:


I know a pioneer

In case you know a true sustainability pioneer, you can recommend this award competition by sending an email to your pioneer as suggested below. 

Be aware that your suggested candidate should take action and apply to compete for the award.

Your personal details:

Your email message to the suggested candidate will look like this:

{Your name} suggests to take a look at the Marc Cornelissen Brightlands Award.

The Marc Cornelissen Brightlands Award is an incentive prize for sustainability pioneers. The award consists of a memento as well as a cash prize of €35,000. The award helps the winner accelerate and realize their dream project.


This might be of interest to you. Learn more on the website www.marccornelissenbrightlandsaward.com

Kind regards,

{Your name} &

Marc Cornelissen Brightlands Award Foundation

{Your personal note}

Thanks for your suggestion for the Marc Cornelissen Brightlands Award!

Details of your suggested candidate:

The candidate profile for the 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.


Contribution to a sustainable world specifically refers to initiatives that contribute directly to areas such as the (bio) circular economy, climate change, the food, health and energy transition.

Ideally, candidates should be driven by a dream for sustainability and not be afraid to deviate from the normal paths in looking for solutions. They should be “in transit” as Marc was and encourage others to join them. At the same time, they are aware that their work and people-oriented personality has an impact not only on what they do, but also on how they achieve results. Relying on more conventional types of funding also makes it hard for them to realize their dream.

​​Five reasons to apply

As finalists from previous editions of the event have exclaimed, “It’s more than worthwhile to apply.” In their view, there are at least five reasons you should apply:

  1. As a winner of the award, you will receive a cash prize of €35,000 as well as a sculpture and a certificate.

  2. You will be challenged to take your project to the next level to achieve your sustainability mission.

  3. You will attend the inspiring and engaging award ceremony and networking event along with many sustainability experts and partners of the foundation.

  4. As a semi-finalist or finalist, you will benefit from media exposure and visibility on the sustainability scene.

  5. Together with all of the candidates, you will be part of this sustainability pioneering event, giving you the chance to enrich your project thanks to a tailored program featuring Brightlands community scientists, entrepreneurs and students.