Made of Air from Germany, Orbisk from the Netherlands, SoluBlue and Jiva Materials from Great Britain, N2 Applied from Norway and Enjay from Sweden have been announced as the finalists of the Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge 2020. This international competition in the field of sustainability innovation has been organised annually since 2007 to help contribute to a greener world, in line with the mission of the Postcode Lottery.


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.


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“I’d like to work with others on something relevant to the world or my fellow man.”

She will be the new CEO of the social enterprise Novamedia from March. And in that capacity she will be chair of the Board of the Dutch Holding National Charity Lotteries, to which the Dutch Postcode Lottery, the BankGiro Lottery and the FriendsLottery belong. Started as the head of the Charities Department, she has operated in various positions in the Lottery for almost twenty years. For the last seven years, she has been a member of the Executive Board, of which she now holds the gavel.


Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge 2020 gets underway

Green start-ups from the Netherlands, Germany, Great Britain, Norway and Sweden, the countries with a Postcode Lottery, can once again secure a place in the final of the Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge. This international sustainability competition has grown to become one of the largest of its kind in the world. There is a total of €1 million in combined prize money for the five best start-ups, of which €500,000 plus coaching, is awarded to the winner. With this international competition, the Postcode Lotteries help start-ups market their innovations for a more sustainable world. Entries can be registered until 1 April 2020 12:00 CEST (noon) at www.greenchallenge.info.


Cecilia Bergendahl, Managing Director of Novamedia Sverige AB, chooses to leave the company after six years. She will leave the company on March 31, 2020. Her responsibilities will then be taken over by the company's two remaining Managing Directors, Anders Årbrandt and Eva Struving.


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.


Her Majesty Queen Máxima opened the new home of the Charity Lotteries (Dutch Postcode Lottery, FriendsLottery and BankGiro Lottery) in Amsterdam. The opening is the final act in a two-year renovation project in which a vacant and neglected building in Amsterdam has been transformed into the most sustainably renovated building in the Netherlands. In line with their mission of contributing to a fair and sustainable world, the Charity Lotteries have created the most sustainably renovated building in the Netherlands.


SOS Children’s Villages and WWF will receive donations

The Postcode Lottery, one of the most successful charity lotteries in the world and the third largest private donor to charities in the world, is coming to Norway. SOS Children’s Villages and the World Wildlife Fund in Norway are delighted.



In the run-up to Prince’s Day, the first Tuesday of September is traditionally also Duurzame Dinsdag (Sustainable Tuesday): a special day on which politicians in The Hague focus on sustainable ideas and initiatives. This year it was Stientje van Veldhoven, Secretary of State for Infrastructure and Water Management, who took charge of the Duurzame Dinsdag briefcase. This briefcase contained 359 innovative and inspiring ideas from society. The best initiatives were rewarded today.

Every year on this day, three people who have been working for years on sustainability receive a Duurzaam Lintje (Sustainability Ribbon). This year, one of them is the co-founder and CEO of the Dutch Postcode Lottery, Boudewijn Poelmann. Sigrid van Aken, director of the Postcode Lottery, received the ribbon on behalf of Boudewijn Poelmann from Ruud Koornstra, an entrepreneur and the first Energy Commissioner of the Netherlands, who himself was awarded a ribbon last year.


Dutch Postcode Lottery gives five green start-ups a chance to break through with annual competition

A €500,000 financial injection. This is what is at stake in the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge, one of the largest annual international competitions in the field of sustainability innovation. LettUs Grow from the UK, Reverse Resources from Estonia, AlgiKnit from the USA, and The Great Bubble Barrier and AquaBattery from the Netherlands are the five start-ups that have reached the finals and will compete for first prize. On 13 September, they will present their business plans to an international jury, the press and the public in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. During the final, it will be announced which start-up will go home with the grand prize of €500,000. The runner-up will receive €200,000. The other finalists will win €100,000 each.


Bill Clinton, former President of the United States and international ambassador of the Postcode Lottery, visited the new office building of the Charity Lotteries in Amsterdam. The Lotteries have transformed a long-vacant office building into the most sustainably renovated building in the Netherlands (BREEAM Outstanding). Here, from October onwards, the Dutch Postcode Lottery, the BankGiro Lottery and the FriendsLottery will continue their mission for a better world.


Nominees for the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2018 announced

Postcode Lottery Green Challenge has announced the 25 start-ups that have made it through the first stage of the international competition supporting green entrepreneurs. The 25 have been chosen by a panel of experts from 845 applications to be considered for the top prize of €500,000 to develop their sustainable business.


Dorine Manson has been appointed managing director of the Charity Lotteries (Dutch Postcode Lottery, BankGiro Lottery and the FriendsLottery). She has left VluchtelingenWerk Nederland (the Dutch Council for Refugees), where she has been director and later chair of the board for the past eight years. The position of managing director at the Lotteries fell vacant after Marieke van Schaik recently announced that she would start work as the new director of the Dutch Red Cross.


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.


Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2018 now underway
Starting on Thursday, 1 March, green start-ups from all over the world can sign up for the Postcode Lottery 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 intended for the winner. 


Actor and environmental activist special guest on Postcode Lottery charity gala
At the annual event at which the Dutch Postcode Lottery donated a total of 357.5 million euro to more than 100 charitable organisations, Leonardo DiCaprio spoke as special guest. He spoke on behalf of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, which he established in 1998. In his speech, he expressed his concern regarding the irreversible effects that greed and indifference are having on our planet. It was his awareness of this that led him to establish his foundation, with which he wants to work on a solution to turn the tide and to motivate as many people as possible. DiCaprio: "If we can replicate more innovative models like the Dutch Postcode Lottery that raise far more resources for the people on the ground making a real, tangible difference we stand a chance at turning the tide and protecting this beautiful planet.”


Novamedia/Postcode Lotteries is once again third in the City A.M. Charity Index 2017, which collates the biggest private charity donors in the world. Every year, British business newspaper City A.M. publishes a ranking of the world’s biggest donors to charitable organisations.

Numbers one and two are the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (United States) and the Wellcome Trust (United Kingdom). The list is compiled by Professor Theo Schuyt and his team of the VU University Amsterdam.


The Postcode Lottery will start to raise funds for charity in Norway. On Friday, Novamedia Norsk Postkodelotteri AS, together with its partners SOS Barnebyer and the WWF, won one of the three lottery licences in the draw for games of chance in Norway. The licence makes it possible to hold a Norwegian version of the Postcode Lottery – the charity lottery in which you and your neighbours win together. The Novamedia/Postcode Lotteries organisation has already raised more than €8 Billion (NOK 74,678,400,000) for charities and thousands of social initiatives throughout the world.


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.


Dutch Postcode Lottery gives green start-ups a chance to break through with annual competition

An injection of €500,000 is what stands to be won at the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge, one of the largest annual international competitions in the field of sustainability innovation. ARED and EarthEnable from Rwanda, Glowee from France, Ligthyear from the Netherlands and Pond from Denmark are the five start-ups that made it to the finale and which are still in the running for the grand prize. They will present their business plans to an international jury, the press and the public on 14 September in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. During the finale, it will be announced who will go home with the grand prize of half a million euros. The runner-up will receive €200,000.


Nominees for the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2017 announced

Today, the 25 nominees with a chance to secure a place in the finale of the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2017, an annual competition organized by the Dutch Postcode Lottery to provide a helping hand to starting green entrepreneurs, were announced. A record number of 515 entrepreneurs from no fewer than 89 countries submitted their sustainable business plans aimed at combating climate change. The pre-jury studied the submissions and from them, selected the best 25 start-ups. These 25 entrepreneurs are still in the running to win the €500,000 first prize. On 15 August, it will be announced which five of these contenders will move on to the finale, which will take place on 14 September. During the finale, it will become clear which lucky entrepreneur will go home with first prize.


We're proud to announce that a record number of 515 green entrepreneurs have submitted their sustainable business plans and entered this year's edition, an increase of 75% compared to last year when 292 start-ups submitted their business plan. The entrants have a chance of winning the grand prize of EUR 500,000 to bring to market their product or service that helps combat climate change. Another EUR 200,000 is reserved for the runner-up. We’re very happy to see that the number of submitted entries from Africa (+162%), Asia (+30%) and South-America (+141%) has grown.

 


Combat climate change and win €500,000

The annual global search for start-ups that combat climate change started again March 1st. Green start-ups can submit their business plan on www.greenchallenge.info. By participating, they are eligible to win €500,000. The Postcode Lottery Green Challenge is one of the biggest annual competitions in the field of sustainable business. Start-ups from around the world can take part.


The National Intangible Cultural Heritage Inventory for the Netherlands has been expanded to include the tradition of charity lotteries, the biggest of which are the Dutch Postcode Lottery, the BankGiro Lottery and the FriendsLottery. Novamedia is the creator and owner of various brands and lottery formats, including the Postcode Lottery. In the Netherlands Novamedia operates two other lotteries besides the Postcode Lottery: The FriendsLottery and the BankGiro Lottery.


Novamedia/Postcode Lotteries is once again in third place in the ‘City A.M. Charity Index 2016’ of the biggest donors in the world. Every year, the British business newspaper City A.M. publishes a ranking of the world’s biggest donors to charitable organisations.

Numbers one and two are the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (United States) and the Wellcome Trust (United Kingdom). This list is compiled by Professor Theo Schuyt and his team of the VU University Amsterdam.


The Dutch green start-up PHYSEE is the winner of the tenth edition of the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge. Co-founder Willem Kesteloo impressed the international jury during the finals in Amsterdam with his PowerWindow. In the presence of Her Majesty Queen Máxima he was handed a cheque for €500,000 to further develop and market his product. The runner-up prize of €200,000 went to green entrepreneur Zhengliang Wu of Green City Solutions from Germany. The other three finalists were given a pleasant surprise as well as they all received €100,000. This is a once-only occasion to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the sustainability competition.


Winning and supporting society together – the Deutsche Postcode Lotterie launches throughout Germany

The Deutsche Postcode Lottery launches on Thursday 28 July across Germany, allowing neighbours to win prizes together whilst supporting charities local to them. The lottery awards 30% from every ticket sold to good causes, supporting projects which focus on education, social cohesion, human rights and environmental conservation across all federal states.


Novamedia/Postcode Lotteries is ranked third largest private charity donor in the world, according to the World Charity Index 2014 of London business newspaper City A.M. Number one and two in the Charity Index are the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (USA) and the Wellcome Trust (UK). When it comes to fundraising private charity donors, Novamedia/Postcode Lotteries is the world's biggest.






For 101 charities, it was a big night at the Koninklijk Theater Carré. The Dutch Postcode Lottery announced at its “Good Money Gala” that it would donate a record €302 million this year to good causes. The night’s highlight came when the lottery announced it would award €14.4 million from its Dream Fund to Peace Parks and WWF to help them in their efforts to save African rhinoceros from extinction. The lottery established the Dream Fund to enable courageous, groundbreaking new projects.


Chelsea Clinton joined 500 guests at People’s Postcode Lottery’s Charity Gala to celebrate the tremendous £10,200,000 players of the lottery have generated for good causes in 2013. The evening event was held at the historic National Museum of Scotland and also saw over £1,000,000 in new funding being awarded to a range of charities and good causes. These included the Clinton Foundation, Canal & River Trust, Missing People, Glasgow Bike Centre and The Mayhew Animal Home.



The Dutch Postcode Lottery will distribute a record €284 million this year to 85 charitable organisations. The Netherlands' largest charity lottery announced the figure today at its annual Goed Geld Gala, held this year in Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum. Thanks in part to the Postcode Lottery's 2.5 million players, the charities will be able to continue their important work and launch new projects. Half the price of every lottery ticket goes directly to charities working in the areas of development cooperation, human rights, nature conservation, the environment, and social cohesion in the Netherlands.


People in the Netherlands like to decide which charities they support when they play the VriendenLoterij. The lottery saw a rise in 2011 in sales of “earmarked” tickets. Players use these to indicate in advance which charity will receive part of the price of their ticket. This system makes the VriendenLoterij unique in the Netherlands. More than 49 per cent (nearly €24 million) of the €48 million available total for 2011 will go to charities and clubs chosen by players. In 2010, the proportion was 47 per cent (more than €21 million), and in 2005 just 18 per cent (€6.6 million).


The Netherlands' BankGiro Loterij saw its revenues rise to more than €128 million in 2011. Half of this figure - €64 million - will go to cultural and cultural-heritage institutions in the Netherlands. That means players of the cultural lottery will make their largest contribution ever to cultural causes. The BankGiro Loterij named the institutions that would share this record sum on Monday at its Goed Geld Gala. In total, 58 organisations will receive cheques for multiyear or one-time support.