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One of the world's largest annual competitions in the field of sustainable entrepreneurship

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Competition

The winner receives €500,000

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Combat climate change

Our aim is a zero carbon economy

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For start-ups

To help them bring their product/service to market

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Since 2007

Founded in 2007 after being inspired by president Clinton

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greenchallenge

Willem Kesteloo, winner 2016

“My window generates electricity”

Willem Kesteloo (NL), co-founder PHYSEE, won €500,000 in the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2016. PHYSEE’s windows boast the first fully transparent energy-generating glass. A coating collects light that would normally be reflected, and solar cells in the frame convert it to electricity.

“In addition to the huge injection of capital from the competition, the associated exposure and network we have gained are many times more valuable.”

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Innovative entrepreneurs

You are an innovative entrepreneur with an idea to tackle climate change

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Businessplan

You have a proven business plan on how to do so

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Combat climate change

You have a product or service that reduces greenhouse gas emissions

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To market

Your product/service should be developed enough to be executed and brought to market within 2 years

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English

You are able to pitch your business plan in English

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Qurrent

The Qbox combines the energy generated by personal solar panels and regulates the energy needs and costs

Ecovative

Ecovative takes agricultural waste to create all sorts of sustainable decomposable material as an alternative to styrofoam

The Power Collective

The Power Collective developed the RidgeBlade, a low-cost rooftop wind turbine that captures wind power in low-wind conditions

One Earth Designs

The SolSource from One Earth Designs is a light, foldable device that harnesses the sun's energy to cook and generate heat and light

CINTEP

CINTEP's technique cuts water and energy usage by 70% without sacrificing enjoyment or hygiene

Mango Materials

Mango Materials produces a naturally occurring biopolymer from waste biogas that is competitive with plastic

bioMASON

BioMASON employs natural micro-organisms and chemical processes to manufacture biological cement-based building materials

Bio-bean

Bio-bean uses a patented process to upcycle waste coffee grounds into two advanced biofuel products

Land Life Company

The Cocoon from Land Life Company is designed to support a seedling through its critical first years.

PHYSEE

The PowerWindow from PHYSEE are patented and transparent double-paned windows that convert light into electricity

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Before 1 June 2017

Complete the online application

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Mid-July 2017

The preliminary jury announces the 25 nominees

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Mid-August 2017

The five finalist will be announced

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14 September 2017

Final presentation for an international jury and selected audience. The winner will receive €500,000

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