Every year, following the announcement of the Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge Awards, Rockstart hosts a tailored programme with the five finalists, coaching the startups to assess and overcome their biggest business and funding challenges in its very own startup home base. Rockstart answers the most frequently asked questions about this DeepDive programme.

Eben Bayer, CEO and co-founder of Ecovative, returned to the Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge last week as a member of the 2019 jury panel of international experts. Known for his mycelium-based bioplastics, Bayer has a long and fruitful history with the competition. His material sciences start-up scooped first prize back in 2008, making the US-based entrepreneur well positioned to advise this year’s winner. Ahead of the final, he discussed his keynote speech for this year's event, as well as tips for the 2019’s grand prize winner.

Swedish Algae Factory (Sweden) has been announced as the winner of the Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge 2019. During the final in Amsterdam, Sofie Allert, CEO and founder of Swedish Algae Factory, convinced the international jury and received the grand prize of 500,000 euros for her green start-up. The runner-up prize of 200,000 euros went to nuventura from Germany. The other three finalists were awarded 100,000 euros each to grow their businesses. In addition to the prize money, the five finalists receive six months of support and coaching in furthering their business during the Green Challenge DeepDive. The Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge is an annual international competition in the field of sustainability innovation which encourages and supports start-ups in taking their business to the next level.

Isabella Gornall will sit on the international jury for this year’s Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge. Along with fellow industry experts, she will be tasked with assessing the pitches from our top five finalists, before selecting this year’s runner-up and winner. No easy task, it's nonetheless one that Isabella is well placed for: as founder and managing director of Seahorse Environmental Communications, she runs political campaigns for UK- and EU-wide change across conservation, circular economy, and renewable energy. Ahead of the October final, she discusses why policy matters to start-ups and what sets Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge apart.

Desolenator from Great Britain, Field Factors from the Netherlands, nuventura from Germany and Swedish Algae Factory and TEXEL Energy Storage from Sweden have been announced as the finalists of the Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge 2019. The five finalists pitch their start-up to an international jury on 3 October during the final in Amsterdam. With their place in the final, the five finalists are guaranteed to win at least 100,000 euros each. The runner-up will win 200,000 euros and the winner will go home with the grand prize of 500,000 euros.

Entrepreneurs have to present their business regularly, so knowing your way around the stage is a must. However, being a performer is not for everyone. Nevertheless, we have some words of comfort: presenting is a technique, not a gift. The following 9 keys to a perfect pitch will help you master the art of presentation.

We all know the fashion industry is ruining our planet. This effect has been increasing ever since the sector's immense growth at the start of the 21st century. Still, if we ask people what is so bad about the shirt they’re wearing, they probably won’t have a clue. Let alone that they know what to change about their behaviour. Let’s dive into the facts and see what responsibility lies by you, the consumer. We promise we’re not going to tell you to stop buying.

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Summer is always a particularly exciting period for the Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge. With the long list of 25 inspiring start-ups now announced, the team is already preparing for the next phase of the competition. On hand to make sure everything goes to plan is project leader, David van der Leij. Here, he takes time out from his busy schedule to discuss his role, how sustainable start-ups have professionalised - and why finalists’ week is his personal highlight of the challenge!

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