Are you or do you know a true sustainability pioneer?

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 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.


We are looking for the next winner of the Marc Cornelissen Brightlands Award

Candidate profile


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

‘More than worthwhile to apply’. At least that is what all finalists of previous editions tell us! According to them there are at least five reasons why 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 enhance your project to the next level realizing their sustainability mission.

  3. You will join the inspiring and engaging award ceremony and network event together with many sustainability experts and partners of the foundation.

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

  5. Together with all candidates, your join the sustainability pioneer event to enrich your project via a tailored program with scientists, entrepreneurs and students of the Brightlands community.



​To explore more about the award, check out this video.



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. 


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