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

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

    The Postcode Lottery 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.

  • Why is the Postcode Lottery 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 Lottery 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 Lottery Green Challenge finalists to present us with sustainable solutions and get them out into the world.

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

    Until 1 June 2018 it was possible to complete your application.
    The preliminary jury will announce the 25 nominees 17 July.
    Mid-August the preliminary jury will announce the five finalists.
    On 13 September 2018 the five finalists will pitch their business plans for an international jury and selected audience.

  • Now the entry period has closed, when will the start-ups be informed if they're a nominee/finalist? Open or Close

    On 17 July, the preliminary jury will announce 25 nominees on our website. The 25 nominees will be asked to complete an additional questionnaire with more in-depth questions to help the preliminary jury to make an informed decision about which five start-ups will go through to the final. In mid-August, we shall announce which five start-ups that will be. These five finalists will be invited to Amsterdam on 13 September to pitch their plan before an internationally acclaimed jury as well as a large, enthusiastic audience.

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

    The five finalists of the Postcode Lottery 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 Lottery Green Challenge, Rockstart organises a several months long tailored accelerator program for the five finalists, the Green Challenge Deep Dive. The program is aimed at identifying the start-ups’ biggest challenges and to provide them with mentorship and valuable connections to become investor ready.

  • Where will the final take place? Open or Close

    The final of the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge will be held in Amsterdam on 13 September 2018. The five finalists will pitch their plans to the international jury and selected audience. The finalists are required to stay in Amsterdam from 9 to 14 September 2018. Reasonable travel and lodging expenses will be reimbursed.

  • 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 Lottery 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.

  • Who are the juries? Open or Close

    Two separate juries will judge submissions to the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2018. The preliminary jury will select 25 nominees in July and five finalists in August. The international jury will select a winner and a runner-up during the grand final on 13 September 2018.

    In the preliminary jury of the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2018 are serving:

    • Jacquelien Bunt (chair): Deputy head of Charities at Dutch Postcode Lottery
    • Raoul Kiksen: Founder and director Nederland Isoleert
    • Daan Lameris: Investment manager at DOEN Foundation
    • Oscar Kneppers: Serial entrepreneur in tech and media

    In the international jury of the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2018 are serving:

    • Marty Pickett: Executive Director & General Counsel of Rocky Mountain Institute
    • Marieke van Schaik: Managing Director Dutch Postcode Lottery
    • Jim Walker: Executive Director at Climate Mobilization Fund and co-founder of The Climate Group
    • Eben Bayer: Founder of Ecovative & winner of the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2008

    The Chair of the jury and the sixt jury member will be announced.

  • Who were last year's finalists? Open or Close

    You can find the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge finalists from last year here on this website. 

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

    The team behind the Postcode Lottery 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 Lottery 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!

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

    The Postcode Lottery 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.

 

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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