The ninth edition of the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge is well underway! 271 entrepreneurs uploaded their business plans that are now being researched by our preliminary jury. It is the largest annual and international green business plan competition. The winner gets 500,000 EUR to help bring her or his plan to market. The Postcode Lottery started the competition in 2007, after being inspired by president Clinton to look for those dedicated entrepreneurs with brilliant green business plans. Plans 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 our former finalists to raise those answers and get them out into the world.
In December 7th 2006, President Clinton visited the Postcode Lottery World Meeting at the Royal Palace Soestdijk. This is where he spoke on climate change, and when the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge seed was planted in the heads of the people at the Dutch Postcode Lottery.
As President Clinton stated: "The fundamental problem is an entrepreneurial, disorganised, undercapitalised opportunity competing against a highly organised, overcapitalised, old-energy economy that still has many, many people in its grip."
That's when we decided it would be a good idea to organise an annual competition for people with CO2 reducing ideas that find it hard to find the means and trust to execute their idea. At the Postcode Lottery we aim for a fairer and greener world in all that we do. So you see that it made perfect sense for us to start this competition.
On 28 and 29 September 2007, the first ever Postcode Lottery Green Challenge was held.
Dutch Postcode Lottery
The Dutch Postcode Lottery was founded in 1989 to support charitable causes. Today, 2.5 million people in the Netherlands play every year, vying for hundreds of thousands of prizes each month. As they play, they’re supporting charitable causes: half the price of each ticket is distributed among 90 charitable organisations. Since the Postcode Lottery's founding, it has donated more than €4 billion to organisations working on behalf of humanity and the natural environment.
The numerous bodies receiving support annually include UNICEF, WWF, Amnesty International, Natuurmonumenten and Doctors Without Borders. Since 2005, the Postcode Lottery has also been operating in the United Kingdom and Sweden, where the People’s Postcode Lottery and Svenska PostkodLotteriet respectively raise funds for good causes. In the Netherlands, the Dutch Postcode Lottery works with the BankGiro Loterij and VriendenLoterij under the Goede Doelen Loterijen umbrella. Novamedia/Postcode Loterijen is the second-largest private charitable donor in the world.