Have a look at the most frequently asked questions about the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge.

  • What is the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge? Open or Close

    The Postcode Lottery Green Challenge is an annual international competition that rewards products/services/technologies that successfully combine sustainability, entrepreneurship and creativity. The jury will look for business plans that contribute to an eco-friendly lifestyle, directly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and score highly on convenience, quality and design. The winner gets €500,000 to bring his/her business to market. The runner-up will receive €200,000.

  • Who can apply? Open or Close

    - You are an innovative entrepreneur with an idea to tackle climate change
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    You have a proven business plan to execute your idea
    - You have a product or service that reduces greenhouse gas emissions
    - Your product or service should be developed enough to be executed and brought to market within 2 years
    - You are able to pitch your business plan in English

    To find out if your start-up meets our requirements you can have a look at our entry criteria.


  • What is the timeline of the competition? Open or Close

    Until 1 June 2017 you can complete your application.
    The preliminary jury will announce the 25 nominees Mid-July.
    Mid-August the preliminary jury will announce the five finalists.
    On 14 September 2017 the five finalists will pitch their business plans for an international jury and selected audience.

  • What is the deadline for application? Open or Close

    The deadline for submitting your entry form is 1 June 2017 12:00 CET. Submission is free of charge. You can enter the competition here. We expect a complete business plan, not just an idea. You can always take a break and come back later to continue filling out your application, but make sure to submit your business plan before the deadline expires.

    We look forward to your entry!

  • What does the entry form look like? Open or Close

    If you are curious about the questions you have to answer, please click the link below. Here you can see what the entry form looks like.

    Example entry form

  • What does the jury look for? Open or Close

    The jury looks for a combination of entrepreneurship, innovation and of course sustainability. Your entry should have the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an amount you can roughly estimate. Your plan should be developed enough to be executed and brought to market within 2 years. Besides these criteria, the jury will also rate factors as communication potential, courageousness and creativity.

    Tip: Make sure you create an impressive elevator pitch, stating who you are, who is in your team, what your business is, and why you are the one to make this a success. Good luck!

  • Who are the juries? Open or Close

    Two separate juries will judge submissions to the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2017. The preliminary jury will select 25 nominees in July and five finalists in August. The international jury will select a winner and a runner-up during the grand final on 14 September 2017.

    In the preliminary jury of the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2017 are serving:

    • Margriet Schreuders (chair): Head of Charities at Dutch Postcode Lottery
    • Raoul Kiksen: Founder and director Nederland Isoleert
    • Alexander van der Have: Investment manager at DOEN Foundation
    • Oscar Kneppers: Serial entrepreneur in tech and media
    • Guido Braam: Director at Circular Expo and co-founder Powered by Meaning

    In the international jury of the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2017 are serving:

    • Marty Pickett: Executive Director & General Counsel of Rocky Mountain Institute
    • Marieke van Schaik: Managing Director Dutch Postcode Lottery
    • Jim Walker: Executive Director at Climate Mobilization Fund and co-founder of The Climate Group
    • Eben Bayer: Founder of Ecovative & winner of the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2008

    Two more jury members will be announced.

  • What happens to the ideas that don't win? Open or Close

    The team behind the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge is in touch with a number of organisations that are interested in helping to realise ideas that don't win. The entry form allows you to grant permission to these parties to contact you directly. The purpose of the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge is to encourage people to think about products and services that can make the planet greener. We hope many of these ideas will be realised – not only the ones that take the prizes!

  • Where will the final take place? Open or Close

    The final of the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge will be held in Amsterdam on 14 September 2017. The five finalists will pitch their plans to the international jury and selected audience. The finalists are required to stay in Amsterdam from 10 to 14 September 2017. Reasonable travel and lodging expenses will be reimbursed.

  • Who's initiative is the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge? Open or Close

    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. Since 2005, the format of the Postcode Lottery has also been operating in the United Kingdom and Sweden, and since 2016 in Germany, where the People’s Postcode Lottery, Svenska PostkodLotteriet and the Deutsche Postcode Lotterie respectively raise funds for good causes. Novamedia/Postcode Lotteries is the third largest private charitable donor in the world.


    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.

    Since 2005, the format of the Postcode Lottery has also been operating in the United Kingdom and Sweden, and since 2016 in Germany, where the People’s Postcode Lottery, Svenska PostkodLotteriet and the Deutsche Postcode Lotterie respectively raise funds for good causes. Novamedia/Postcode Lotteries is the third largest private charitable donor in the world.

  • Why is the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge organised? Open or Close

    Climate change presents us with a pressing global challenge. The world needs help embracing a more sustainable way of life, 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. Businesses that are ready to speed up the transition towards a low carbon economy. The answers to the issues of our time are already in front of us. But it takes entrepreneurs like the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge finalists to present us with sustainable solutions and get them out into the world.

  • Who were last year's finalists? Open or Close

    You can find the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge finalists from last year here on this website. 

  • What is the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge Fund? Open or Close

    The Postcode Lottery Green Challenge Fund, established by the DOEN Foundation, aims to support former finalists of the competition. For start-ups (new) funding is often necessary to realise further growth. Promising business plans of former finalists that have the potential to develop further are eligible for further investment. For more information check the Green Challenge Fund page on our website.

  • Can I enroll the competition with a service or platform? Open or Close

    We're looking for the best idea to combat climate change, this can be a product, service or platform. If you have doubts of your solution is suitable to enter our competition, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Can I resubmit my idea next year? Open or Close

    Yes, that is possible if you haven't been a finalist the year before. In a year, many things can have changed, so we always recommend to update your prevrious enrollment.

 

Further questions?

If you have any further questions, please send it to the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge team using our helpdesk form. Contact us.
 
 

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