844 green start-ups have submitted their sustainable business plans and entered this year's edition. There is a total of €1 million in combined prize money for the five best start-ups, of which €500,000 is intended for the winner to bring to market their product or service that helps combat climate change. Another €200,000 is reserved for the runner-up. The other three finalists also win €100,000. In addition to the prize money, all finalists will receive over six months of expert coaching to optimise their business opportunities.

We’re very happy to see that for the third year in a row the number of submitted entries showed a significant growth, from 515 submitted entries in 2017 to 844 submitted entries this year. The strongest growth regions (in %) are Asia (+150%) and Africa (+61%).

Just in time
As in every year, most entries were submitted at the very last moment or even minutes before the deadline passed. The number of submitted entries jumped from 267 on 31 May to 844 on 1 June 14:00 CEST. Most entrants are from the Netherlands (104), followed by the United States (85), India (56), UK (48) and for the first time in the top five Nigeria (48). The top five categories in which entries were submitted are:

  1. Clean energy (274)
  2. Waste Management (130)
  3. Food and agriculture (105)
  4. Mobility (47)
  5. Cradle to Cradle (46)

The road to the final
On 17 July, the preliminary jury will announce 25 nominees on our website. The 25 nominees are asked to complete an additional questionnaire with more in-depth questions to help the preliminary jury to make an informed decision about which five start-ups will go to the final. In mid-August, we shall announce which five start-ups that will be. These five finalists will be invited to Amsterdam to pitch their plan before an  internationally acclaimed jury as well as a large, enthusiastic audience on 13 September.

The search goes on
In March 2019, the 13th edition kicks off. From that moment, entrepreneurs can submit their sustainable business plan up to 1 June 2019 to stand a chance of claiming their share of the €1 million in combined prize money.