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Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2013
The Postcode Lottery Green Challenge is the largest annual worldwide competition for sustainable entrepreneurs who can instigate change. The challenge is looking for products or services that combine sustainability, entrepreneurship and creativity.
The products or services should reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by an amount you can roughly estimate, be developed enough to execute, be realisable as usable product or service within the next two years and preferably have integrated Cradle2Cradle principles in their designs.
Blogpost: Business philosophy at One Earth Designs
30 October 2013 - Eight years ago in the Himalayas, a group of nomads, scientists, and entrepreneurs dreamt of a business that helps both people and the planet. Today, One Earth Designs creates and sells products that are already providing clean energy to thousands of people in need. The Postcode Lottery Green Challenge enabled us to bring our idea to market in less than two years through global exposure and a valuable network of contacts. Now, as we expand to new countries, I’m excited to tell about recently formed partnerships that are further helping us to practice the philosophies and values that have always guided our work.
Blogpost: Screw it, let's do it!
8 October 2013 - Screw it, just do it. Those were the last words Richard Branson spoke when I interviewed him on stage while hosting the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2013 in Amsterdam recently. And if I had to summarize what he said during the nineteen minutes before we ended our talk it more or less comes down to this same phrase: Screw it, just do it. The five finalists who made it to this year’s final of the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge can learn from that. To have a great idea is one thing, to actually turn this into a success is really something different.
Blogpost: Get inspired
18 September 2013 - Want to be inspired? Need some optimism about our ability to kick the carbon emissions habit? Wonder if there are any new, innovative ideas that could create real change?
After a very exciting Deciding Round, during which all finalists presented their business plans to the jury and the audience, Richard Branson announced that Ginger Dosier wins EUR 500,000 to bring her plan to market.
Blog: Max Christern - Green challenges of Richard Branson
10 September 2013 - It must have been in the early nineties that I saw him in person for the first time: Richard Branson. As a young journalist working for Dutch daily newspaper NRC Handelsblad, I was sent to London to cover an airline seminar during which plans for liberalisation of the European airline industry were to be discussed. As Branson was getting ready to give a speech at the seminar, I was sort of expecting a cocky man with a big mouth. Instead, Richard Branson was very humble, almost shy, and a bit awkward even; wearing an old corduroy jacket, he could easily have been a colleague of mine at the editorial office of the newspaper. From that time on, I followed this man with special interest.
Blog: Molly Morse - One year on
28 August 2013 - I feel that the phrase commonly used to describe parenthood fits equally well to the life of a start-up company: the days seem so long but the years seem so short. In some ways it seems like just yesterday we found out Mango Materials won the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge. On one hand, I vividly remember repeatedly practicing my 10-minute pitch in front of the Amsterdam hotel bathroom mirror. However, in other ways the 2012 Postcode Lottery Green Challenge seems like it was ages ago.
Blog: Make sure your goals are audacious
31 July 2013 - If, like Ecovative, you choose to start a company with environmental stewardship goals, be prepared for what that means. "Making the commitment to be a triple bottom line company is agreeing to play to another set of rules, and you have to realize that your competitors don't play by the same rules," Bayer says. " We can't be as good as our competition; we have to be better because we have added these extra gates that we have to jump over." Read more business advice by Eben Bayer on triple bottom line companies here.
News: Interview Chairman Richard Branson
25 June 2013 - Sir Richard Branson is chairing the jury of this year's Postcode Lottery Green Challenge. The jury will announce the winner on 16 September at the final in Amsterdam. Richard Branson is a dyed-in-the-wool green entrepreneur. What is he hoping to see in this year's Postcode Lottery Green Challenge? And what will he be looking for as jury chairman? He tells you all about it.
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