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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Have a look at some of our most frequently asked questions about the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge. Some of the questions are answered on video by either Femke Rotteveel (chairwoman of the jury) or Daan Weddepohl (runner-up 2012 and founder of Peerby.com).
What is the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge?
The Postcode Lottery Green Challenge is a contest that rewards inventions that successfully combine sustainability, entrepreneurship and creativity. The jury looks for products and services that contribute to an eco-friendly lifestyle, directly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and score highly on convenience, quality and design.
Who's behind the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge?
The Dutch Postcode Lottery is the organiser of the competition. The Dutch Postcode Lottery works for a greener, fairer world by supporting charities in the Netherlands and abroad.
Why do this?
Climate change presents a pressing challenge for us all. The world needs help embracing a new, greener lifestyle, and one bright idea can make a big difference. We started the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge to promote the invention of great new green products and services. With ideas like these, the whole world wins.
What will the jury be looking for?
When will the 2014 Postcode Lottery Green Challenge open?
The competition will be open for entry from March 10th - June 3rd 2014. If you sign up for our newsletter or follow us on Facebook, you will be kept informed of all the latest news and developments.
When will I find out if I am a finalist?
Early September 2014, we will announce who the finalists are on our website, Facebook and Twitter. If you are a finalist, you will be contacted personally. If you haven't made it to the finale, you will receive an email.
What happens to the ideas that don't win?
We're in touch with a number of organisations that are interested in helping to realise ideas that don't win. On your entry form, you can give these parties permission to contact you directly. The purpose of the Challenge is to get people to think about products and services that can make the planet greener. We hope many of these ideas will be realised – not just the ones that take the prizes!
What happens if I get selected as a finalist?
You will be invited to come to Amsterdam for 5 days in September 2014. Your travel and accommodation will be arranged and paid for. Professionals will help you to prepare a presentation for the jury. We'll also arrange a number of other interesting meetings for you.
During the Deciding Round, you will present your business case before the international jury and an audience. The jury will announce the winner on the same day.
We are entering as a team. Can we all come to Amsterdam if our team is selected as a finalist?
Only one person will be invited to come to Amsterdam. This person will be required to present the idea to the jury on behalf of the group.