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

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

    The Postcode Lotteries 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 and the three other finalists receive €100,000 each. An international jury selects the winner and runner-up.

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

    It was possible to submit your application until 1 May 2019 12:00 CEST (noon). The preliminary jury will announce the 25 nominees by 27 June. Early September the preliminary jury will announce the five finalists. On 3 October 2019 the five finalists will pitch their business plans for an international jury and selected audience.

  • Why is the Postcode Lotteries 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 Lotteries 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 Lotteries Green Challenge finalists to present us with sustainable solutions and get them out into the world.

  • Now the entry period has closed, when will the start-ups be informed if they're a nominee/finalist? Open or Close

    27 June, the preliminary jury will announce 25 nominees on our website. The 25 nominees will be asked to complete an additional questionnaire with more in-depth questions to help the preliminary jury to make an informed decision about which five start-ups will go through to the final. Early September, we shall announce which five start-ups that will be. These five finalists will be invited to Amsterdam on 3 October to pitch their plan before an internationally acclaimed jury as well as a large, enthusiastic audience.

  • 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 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 do the finalists of the Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge win? Open or Close

    The five finalists of the Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge win a minimum of €100,000, the runner-up receives €200,000 and the winner takes the grand prize of €500,000. But it takes more than prize money alone to become successful and create impact. On behalf of the Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge, Rockstart organises a tailored accelerator programme lasting several months for the five finalists: the Green Challenge DeepDive. The programme is aimed at identifying the start-ups’ biggest challenges and providing them with mentorship and valuable connections to become investor ready.

  • 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 any doubts if you can enter our competition with your business plan, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Where will the final take place? Open or Close

    The final of the Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge will be held in the Netherlands on 3 October 2019. The five finalists will pitch their plans to the international jury and selected audience. The finalists are required to stay in The Netherlands from 30 September until 4 October 2019. Reasonable travel and lodging expenses will be reimbursed. The city in which the final will take place will be announced soon. 

  • What does the jury look for? Open or Close

    The jury looks for a combination of entrepreneurship, innovation and of course sustainability. 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. Read more in the interview with our start-up scout Linda Vermaat.

    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!

  • Whose initiative is the Postcode Lotteries 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.

  • Who are the juries? Open or Close

    Four preliminary juries will judge submissions from their region: Germany, The Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The Dutch national jury will also judge the entries from outside these four regions. The preliminary jury will select 25 nominees by the end of June. The five finalists will be announced early September. The international jury will select a winner and a runner-up during the grand final on 3 October 2019.

    The preliminary juries can be found on this page: https://www.greenchallenge.info/info/juries

    The members of the international jury of the Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge 2019 will be announced.

  • Can I still submit my entry for this years edition? (2019) Open or Close

    The entry period for the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2019 is closed. The deadline was 1 May, 12:00 CEST (noon). The entry period for our next edition will open on 1 March 2020. 

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

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

  • What is the deadline for application? Open or Close

    The deadline for submitting your entry form for the Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge 2019 was 1 May 2019 12:00 CEST (noon).

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

    The team behind the Postcode Lotteries 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 Lotteries 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 just the ones that win the prizes!

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

    The Postcode Lotteries 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.

  • When will the entry period for the Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge 2020 open? Open or Close

    The entry period for the next edition of the Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge is open from 1 March 2020. So are you an entrepreneur with an innovative, green business plan that contributes towards a more sustainable planet? Then mark your calendar and write down to sign up your business plan on www.greenchallenge.info.

  • Can I enter the competition with a NGO or nonprofit organisation? Open or Close

    Our competition is in search for the best worldwide solutions that contribute towards a more sustainable planet. For example: stop the plastic pollution, reduce food waste or fight climate change by reducing co2 emissions. A NGO or nonprofit organization can enroll in our competition as well. If you are unsure whether there is a good fit between your business plan and the competition, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Can I participate in your competition without a prototype model? Open or Close

    We’re in search for the best worldwide innovative, green and scalable businesses. Please have a look at our winners from the previous years. Click here for an overview. Most winners already existed for a quite some time and have a prototype or MVP (Minimal Viable Product), but our competition is open for everyone. If you are unsure whether there is a good fit between your business plan and the competition, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Do you have any tips for making a successful pitch video? Open or Close

    A pitch video is one of the required elements to participate in the Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge. Please don't stress about this too much. We're not looking for the best-looking clip; we're looking for a good pitch. We want to see the person behind the business. For a good pitch video it is important to keep it as short as possible. Introduce yourself and the story behind your product. Show the problem you are committed to solve, how you propose to do that, and who will benefit. Please don't forget to tell us how the price money will help you make more impact.

    Read the following article for more tips for a successful video: https://www.greenchallenge.info/news-archive/640-making-a-winning-pitch-video-5-tips-for-success  

  • Should my company be incorporated? Open or Close

    It’s not necessary to be a registered start-up. However if you do look at our winners from the previous years they were incorporated and did have a prototype. More specific, there should be a legal entity. We won’t give prize money to individuals.

 

Further questions?

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