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.

  • 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.

  • 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 is the timeline of the competition? Open or Close

    Until 1 June 2018 12:00 CEST you can complete your application.
    The preliminary jury will announce the 25 nominees Mid-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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Can I resubmit my idea of last 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 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 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 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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