For the second year, Linda Vermaat works as start-up scout for the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge. During the submission period from 1 March until 1 June, she literally roams the earth in search of bright people with smart ideas. Recently, she travelled to South Africa and South America and her next stop is China. In between her trips we were able to meet up with her to hear about how it’s going.


A finalist of the 2014 Postcode Lottery Green Challenge, Dutch technology provider Bluerise has developed cutting edge energy technology to harness the ocean’s power. Their Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) is a renewable energy technology that uses the natural temperature difference in oceans to produce clean, reliable electricity, day and night, all year-round. It can become a substantial part of the future sustainable energy mix. We talked to Diego Acevedo about Bluerise’s commercial rollout and their first projects in the Caribbean.


As of today, the 12th edition of the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge has kicked off. Green start-ups from all over the world can submit their green business plans. There is a total of €1 million in combined prize money available for the five best start-ups, of which €500,000 is intended for the winner. The competition has expanded to become one of the largest annual sustainability competitions in the world.


 

Land Life Company’s main goal is to restore 2 billion hectares of degraded land by planting trees. In about half of this land nature will not return without human intervention. We talked to Charlotte Jongejan, Head of Marketing & Communications, about how the company is growing. And how it managed to create a fruitful business model from the demand for more meaningful carbon offsetting.


Start-up scout Linda Vermaat of the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge reaches all corners of the globe to promote our sustainable competition. She has some recommendations for any green initiative to improve their entry and impress the jury. Learn from her insights and find out why it is a great idea to submit your proposal for the 2018 edition of the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge.


The Dutch start-up Ioniqa Technologies from Eindhoven was a finalist of the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge in 2016 and won €100.000. Ioniqa Technologies is the inventor of a circular solution for all PET waste in the world, based on a sound business case. We spoke to founder and CEO Tonnis Hooghoudt to hear about Ioniqa’s exciting recent developments, since participating in the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge.


After participating in the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge, winners and finalists get the opportunity to apply for additional investment from the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge Fund, managed by DOEN Foundation. We talked to Daan Laméris, investment manager at DOEN, about how the fund can enable companies to grow and scale up.


The Rwandan start-up EarthEnable won the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2017. During the final, co-founder Gayatri Datar (32) impressed the international jury with her sustainable alternative for cement to replace dirt floors. As the winner, she received a cheque of €500,000 to further develop her green innovation. Two months after the final we talked to Gayatri, to hear what has been happening since winning the competition.


The five finalists of the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge win a minimum of € 100,000 each. 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. Therefore all five finalists get to participate with several team members in the Green Challenge Deep Dive. This tailored accelerator program is organised by Rockstart, on behalf of the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge. We talked to Karin van Soest, Program Manager at Rockstart, about how they help the start-ups grow.


Sustainable and inexpensive alternative for cement to replace dirt floors improves lives and cuts CO2 emissions

The Rwandan start-up EarthEnable is the winner of the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2017. During the finale, co-founder Gayatri Datar impressed the international jury with her sustainable alternative for cement to replace dirt floors. As the winner, she receives a cheque of €500,000 to further develop her green innovation. The runner-up prize of €200,000 goes to the biodegradable alternative for plastic by the Danish start-up Pond. This year, the other three finalists were also surprised to each receive €100,000. This brings the total prize pool of one of the biggest sustainability competitions in the world to €1 million.



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