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Bright Festival Geleen - A Circular Festival

Step into the wonderful world of innovation, circularity and sustainability. ​Together we will explore: what exactly is circularity? And how do circularity and we, as users of the city, contribute to a sustainable society in which we live, work and have fun together?

Come and see, participate and experience the interesting workshops, educational activities, inspiring meetings and musical moments!

Geleen, Netherlands

During the Day of the Entrepreneur –  ‘The future of circular materials’ –  let yourself be taken into the challenging world of circular entrepreneurship. The morning program consists of a symposium where leading circular economy speakers are willing to share their experiences, anecdotes and setbacks with us. After a special lunch, you will visit the exhibition of a number of circular pioneers from the South Limburg region in the center of Geleen in small groups. Through direct conversations with fellow entrepreneurs, the opportunity is created to exchange a wealth of knowledge and information in the practice of sustainability and innovation and the opportunity to get to know each other better.


Iris van Wanrooij - Program manager MVO EMMA Safety Footwear

As program manager Corporate Social Responsibility, Iris is responsible for the entire sustainability program within EMMA Safety Footwear. In March 2022, Iris was named a Dutch SDG Pioneer by UN Global Compact Netherlands.

Chantal Jörissen - Director New Business Development Niaga Covestro

Chantal currently serves as Director New Business Development at Niaga®, part of Covestro. She has guided various corporate innovation ventures at DSM from start-up to scale-up phase, among others, and she is proud of the innovative products that have been brought to the market from there.

Ben Stevens - Founder and owner of Think Paper

Ben is the founder and owner of Think Paper. Think Paper specializes in producing sustainable lighting and is known for its cardboard design lamps.

Program - September 16

09:00 — Welcome

09:30 — Introduction and first series of lectures

10:45 — Break with coffee, tea and pastry from Limburg

11:15 — Second series of lectures

12:30 — Lunch

12:30 — Tour in groups along exhibitions of sustainable frontrunners in Center Geleen

16:30 — Closing with a drink

17:30 — Wrap up

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