Swedish Algae Factory (Sweden) has been announced as the winner of the Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge 2019. During the final in Amsterdam, Sofie Allert, CEO and founder of Swedish Algae Factory, convinced the international jury and received the grand prize of 500,000 euros for her green start-up. The runner-up prize of 200,000 euros went to nuventura from Germany. The other three finalists were awarded 100,000 euros each to grow their businesses. In addition to the prize money, the five finalists receive six months of support and coaching in furthering their business during the Green Challenge DeepDive. The Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge is an annual international competition in the field of sustainability innovation which encourages and supports start-ups in taking their business to the next level.


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.



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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  2. The Postcode Lottery starts in Norway
  3. Dutch start-up wins half a million euros for air bubble curtain to combat plastic soup
  4. Sustainability Ribbon for Boudewijn Poelmann
  5. Start-ups from the UK, Estonia, the Netherlands and the United States compete for grand prize of €500,000
  6. Bill Clinton visits the most sustainably renovated building in the Netherlands
  7. 25 Green start-ups in the running to win €500,000 in green business competition
  8. Dorine Manson appointed managing director of the Dutch Charity Lotteries
  9. A new all-time high: 844 green start-ups in the running for €500,000
  10. The world’s greenest ideas and €1 million in prize money
  11. Leonardo DiCaprio calls for a joint approach to preserving the planet
  12. Novamedia/Postcode Lotteries is once again the third biggest private donor in the world (2017)
  13. Postcode Lottery receives licence in Norway
  14. Rwandan start-up EarthEnable wins €500,000 in Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2017
  15. Five start-ups compete head to head for investment of half a million euros in cash
  16. 25 start-ups still in the running for the grand prize of €500.000
  17. A record number of 515 green entrepreneurs in the running for 500,000 euros
  18. Green start-ups can sign up for the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2017
  19. Charity lotteries listed as a Dutch tradition in the National Intangible Cultural Heritage Inventory (UNESCO)
  20. Novamedia/Postcode Lotteries is once again the third biggest private donor in the world
  21. Dutch start-up PHYSEE wins €500,000 in Postcode Lottery Green Challenge
  22. The Deutsche Postcode Lotterie launches throughout Germany
  23. Novamedia/Postcode Lotteries world’s 3rd largest private charity donor
  24. Change of leadership Novamedia Sverige AB
  25. Five sustainable start-ups compete for €500,000 prize
  26. Annemiek is People’s Postcode Lottery’s First Woman
  27. Swedish Postcode Lottery raises more than 120 million EUR for good causes
  28. Charities to receive €302 million from Postcode Lottery
  29. Chelsea Clinton joins People's Postcode Lottery to celebrate over £10,000,000 for good causes at Charity Gala
  30. Swedish Postcode Lottery’s record donations: SEK 945 million
  31. Postcode Lottery raises record €284 million for charity
  32. More and more Dutch choose which charities to play for
  33. Lottery players' support gains importance for cultural institutions
  34. Winning is a 'dream come true' for Scottish charities