Nominees for the Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge 2020 announced
Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge has announced the 25 start-ups that have made it through the first stage of the international competition supporting green entrepreneurs. The start-ups have been selected by a panel of experts from 650 applications to be considered for the grand prize of 500,000 euros to develop their sustainable business. Early September, the five finalists will be announced.




Audax Group today announces the acquisition of online bookstore BookSpot. BookSpot, with its in-depth e-commerce expertise and large collection of Dutch and English books, e-books, music, films and series and games is a valuable addition to the Audax Group. Not just the established e-commerce platform, but also the experienced people of BookSpot will enable Audax to accelerate its e-commerce ambitions for both its own physical stores and those of its franchisees. BookSpot will remain active under the current name.


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  1. Boudewijn Poelmann hands over CEO role to Sigrid van Aken
  2. In conversation with the new CEO of Novamedia, Sigrid van Aken
  3. €1 million for green start-ups that contribute to a better world
  4. Change of leadership Novamedia Sverige AB
  5. Swedish start-up wins half a million euros for innovative algae-based material
  6. Five start-ups from Great Britain, the Netherlands, Germany and Sweden compete for grand prize of 500,000 euros
  7. 25 start-ups have a chance of winning half a million euros in green business competition
  8. Podium Publishers joins Publishing House Nieuw Amsterdam
  9. Postcode Lotteries named 7th largest maritime philanthropic funder
  10. €1 million for start-ups that contribute towards a more sustainable planet
  11. Queen Máxima opens the Charity Lotteries’ new sustainably renovated office
  12. Tommy Wieringa wins the BookSpot Literature Prize 2018 with De heilige Rita
  13. The Postcode Lottery starts in Norway
  14. Dutch start-up wins half a million euros for air bubble curtain to combat plastic soup
  15. Sustainability Ribbon for Boudewijn Poelmann
  16. Start-ups from the UK, Estonia, the Netherlands and the United States compete for grand prize of €500,000
  17. Bill Clinton visits the most sustainably renovated building in the Netherlands
  18. 25 Green start-ups in the running to win €500,000 in green business competition
  19. Frank Leeman has passed away
  20. Dorine Manson appointed managing director of the Dutch Charity Lotteries
  21. A new all-time high: 844 green start-ups in the running for €500,000
  22. Imme Rog appointed CMO of Novamedia
  23. BookSpot to sponsor the Gouden Strop
  24. Eci to continue as BookSpot
  25. The world’s greenest ideas and €1 million in prize money
  26. Leonardo DiCaprio calls for a joint approach to preserving the planet
  27. Novamedia/Postcode Lotteries is once again the third biggest private donor in the world (2017)
  28. The ECI Literature Prize 2017 and the ECI Readers' Prize 2017 have gone to De mensengenezer by Koen Peeters
  29. Postcode Lottery receives licence in Norway
  30. Rwandan start-up EarthEnable wins €500,000 in Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2017
  31. Five start-ups compete head to head for investment of half a million euros in cash
  32. Hudson's Bay department store opts for Scheltema as book partner
  33. 25 start-ups still in the running for the grand prize of €500.000
  34. A record number of 515 green entrepreneurs in the running for 500,000 euros
  35. Green start-ups can sign up for the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2017
  36. Charity lotteries listed as a Dutch tradition in the National Intangible Cultural Heritage Inventory (UNESCO)
  37. Founders donate their stake in Novamedia
  38. Novamedia/Postcode Lotteries is once again the third biggest private donor in the world
  39. Martin Michael Driessen wins the 2016 ECI Literature Prize with Rivieren
  40. Dutch start-up PHYSEE wins €500,000 in Postcode Lottery Green Challenge
  41. The Deutsche Postcode Lotterie launches throughout Germany
  42. Petra Lubbers moves to Novamedia
  43. Ruud Esser stops as CFO of Novamedia on 1 May
  44. Josja Zijlstra and Ruud Esser are new directors of Nieuw Amsterdam
  45. Novamedia/Postcode Lotteries world’s 3rd largest private charity donor
  46. Jeroen Brouwers wins the ECI Literature Prize 2015 with Het hout
  47. Change of leadership Novamedia Sverige AB
  48. Nieuw Amsterdam acquires the Fontaine publishing house
  49. Nieuw Amsterdam - Wereldbibliotheek takes over Uitgeverij Bas Lubberhuizen
  50. AKO Literature Prize becomes the ECI Literature Prize
  51. Bookshop Scheltema is back on Rokin
  52. Five sustainable start-ups compete for €500,000 prize
  53. Annemiek is People’s Postcode Lottery’s First Woman
  54. Boudewijn Poelmann in Fortune Magazine’s Top 25 Eco-innovators in the world
  55. Novamedia breathes new life into the Scheltema bookshop
  56. Swedish Postcode Lottery raises more than 120 million EUR for good causes
  57. Novamedia acquires Uitgeverij Nieuw Amsterdam
  58. Charities to receive €302 million from Postcode Lottery
  59. Novamedia acquires ECI book club and webshop
  60. Chelsea Clinton joins People's Postcode Lottery to celebrate over £10,000,000 for good causes at Charity Gala
  61. Swedish Postcode Lottery’s record donations: SEK 945 million
  62. Postcode Lottery raises record €284 million for charity
  63. More and more Dutch choose which charities to play for
  64. Lottery players' support gains importance for cultural institutions
  65. Winning is a 'dream come true' for Scottish charities