Have a look at the most frequently asked questions about the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge.

  • What is the Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge? Open or Close

    The Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge is an annual international competition that rewards products/services/technologies that successfully combine sustainability, entrepreneurship and creativity. The jury will look for business plans that contribute to an eco-friendly lifestyle, directly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and score highly on convenience, quality and design. The winner gets €500,000 to bring his/her business to market. The runner-up will receive €200,000 and the three other finalists receive €100,000 each. An international jury selects the winner and runner-up.

  • What is the timeline of the competition? Open or Close

    Until 1 May 2019 12:00 CEST (noon) it was possible to complete your application.
    The preliminary jury will announce the 25 nominees by the end of June.
    Early September the preliminary jury will announce the five finalists.
    On 3 October 2019 the five finalists will pitch their business plans for an international jury and selected audience.

  • Why is the Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge organised? Open or Close

    Climate change presents us with a pressing global challenge. The world needs help embracing a more sustainable way of life, and one bright idea can make a big difference. We started the Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge to promote the invention of great new green products and services. Businesses that are ready to speed up the transition towards a low carbon economy. The answers to the issues of our time are already in front of us. But it takes entrepreneurs like the Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge finalists to present us with sustainable solutions and get them out into the world.

  • Who can apply? Open or Close

    - You are an innovative entrepreneur with an idea to tackle climate change
    You have a proven business plan to execute your idea
    - You have a product or service that reduces greenhouse gas emissions
    - Your product or service should be developed enough to be executed and brought to market within 2 years
    - You are able to pitch your business plan in English

    To find out if your start-up meets our requirements you can have a look at our entry criteria.

  • What does the entry form look like? Open or Close

    If you are curious about the questions you have to answer, please click the link below. Here you can see what the entry form looks like.

    Example entry form

  • What do the finalists of the Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge win? Open or Close

    The five finalists of the Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge win a minimum of €100,000, the runner-up receives €200,000 and the winner takes the grand prize of €500,000. But it takes more than prize money alone to become successful and create impact. On behalf of the Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge, Rockstart organises a tailored accelerator programme lasting several months for the five finalists: the Green Challenge Deep Dive. The programme is aimed at identifying the start-ups’ biggest challenges and providing them with mentorship and valuable connections to become investor ready.

  • Can I enroll the competition with a service or platform? Open or Close

    We're looking for the best idea to combat climate change, this can be a product, service or platform. If you have any doubts if you can enter our competition with your business plan, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • What does the jury look for? Open or Close

    The jury looks for a combination of entrepreneurship, innovation and of course sustainability. Your entry should have the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an amount you can roughly estimate. Your plan should be developed enough to be executed and brought to market within 2 years. Besides these criteria, the jury will also rate factors as communication potential, courageousness and creativity.

    Tip: Make sure you create an impressive elevator pitch, stating who you are, who is in your team, what your business is, and why you are the one to make this a success. Good luck!

  • Whose initiative is the Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge? Open or Close

    The Dutch Postcode Lottery is the organiser of the competition. The Dutch Postcode Lottery works for a greener, fairer world by supporting charities in the Netherlands and abroad. Since 2005, the format of the Postcode Lottery has also been operating in the United Kingdom and Sweden, and since 2016 in Germany, where the People’s Postcode Lottery, Svenska PostkodLotteriet and the Deutsche Postcode Lotterie respectively raise funds for good causes. Novamedia/Postcode Lotteries is the third largest private charitable donor in the world.

  • What is the deadline for application? Open or Close

    The deadline for submitting your entry form is 1 May 2019 12:00 CEST (noon). Submission is free of charge. You can enter the competition here. We expect a complete business plan, not just an idea. You can always take a break and come back later to continue filling out your application, but make sure to submit your business plan before the deadline expires.

    We look forward to your entry!

  • What happens to the ideas that don't win? Open or Close

    The team behind the Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge is in touch with a number of organisations that are interested in helping to realise ideas that don't win. The entry form allows you to grant permission to these parties to contact you directly. The purpose of the Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge is to encourage people to think about products and services that can make the planet greener. We hope many of these ideas will be realised – not just the ones that win the prizes!

  • Can I resubmit my idea next year? Open or Close

    Yes, that is possible if you have never before been a finalist with that business plan. In a year, many things can change, so we recommend that you update your previous enrolment.

  • What is the Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge Fund? Open or Close

    The Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge Fund, established by the DOEN Foundation, aims to support former finalists of the competition. For start-ups (new) funding is often necessary to realise further growth. Promising business plans of former finalists that have the potential to develop further are eligible for further investment. For more information check the Green Challenge Fund page on our website.

  • When will the entry period for the Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge 2019 open? Open or Close

    The entry period for the next edition of the Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge opens on 1 March and closes on 1 May 2019. So are you a sustainable entrepreneur with an innovative, green business plan that helps combat climate change? Then mark your calendar and write down to sign up your business plan on www.greenchallenge.info


Further questions?

If you have any further questions, please send it to the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge team using our helpdesk form. Contact us.

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