Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge give finalists a chance of taking their green business to the next level

Desolenator from Great Britain, Field Factors from the Netherlands, Nuventura from Germany and Swedish Algae Factory and TEXEL Energy Storage from Sweden have been announced as the finalists of the Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge 2019. The annual international competition in the field of sustainability innovation encourages and supports start-ups in taking their business to the next level. The five finalists pitch their start-up to an international jury on 3 October during the final in Amsterdam. With their place in the final, the five finalists are guaranteed to win at least 100,000 euros each. The runner up will win 200,000 euros and the winner will go home with the grand prize of 500,000 euros. In addition to the prize money, all of the finalists will have access to the Green Challenge DeepDive: a 6-month program in which the start-ups receive support and coaching in furthering their business.


Nominees for the Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge 2019 announced
The 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 chosen by a panel of experts from 1,167 applications from all over the world to be considered for the grand prize of 500,000 euros to develop their sustainable business. Early September the five finalists will be announced.


As of July 2019, high-profile literary publishing house Podium will pursue its activities as part of Publishing House Nieuw Amsterdam, thereby reinforcing Nieuw Amsterdam’s literary character. From this strong platform, director Joost Nijsen, who founded Podium in 1997, expects to be able to offer his authors even better support and commercial opportunities.



Starting 1 March, green start-ups from all over the world can sign up for the Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge. The competition has expanded to become one of the largest annual sustainability competitions in the world. There is a total of €1 million in combined prize money for the five best start-ups, of which €500,000 is for the winner. In addition to the prize money, all finalists will receive over six months of expert coaching to optimise their business opportunities. With this international competition, the Postcode Lotteries are helping start-ups from around the world to bring their innovations to market. Business plans can be submitted via www.greenchallenge.info until 1 May 2019.


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