The Great Bubble Barrier won the top prize at Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge 2018 with its successful innovation to stop plastic from getting in the oceans by using a barrier formed by air bubbles continuously flowing upwards. Francis Zoet, one of the four co-founders, was no stranger to the world of entrepreneurship. However, the team had to overcome many challenges to get their business to where it is today.


Green start-ups from the Netherlands, Germany, Great Britain, Norway and Sweden, the countries with a Postcode Lottery, can once again secure a place in the final of the Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge. This international sustainability competition has grown to become one of the largest of its kind in the world. There is a total of €1 million in combined prize money for the five best start-ups, of which €500,000 plus coaching, is awarded to the winner. With this international competition, the Postcode Lotteries help start-ups market their innovations for a more sustainable world. Entries can be registered until 1 April 2020 12:00 CEST (noon) at www.greenchallenge.info.


Only 2 weeks to go - on 1 March, Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge opens its doors for the 14th time. From this date, green start-ups from Germany, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden can compete for the top prize of 500,000 euros by submitting their promising sustainable business plans. Please note, the entry period is shorter than ever; all entries must be submitted before 1 April. So mark your calendars and make sure you are ready to enter!


From approaching an investor for the first time to maintaining a financial relationship: Wouter van Westenbrugge is your man when it comes to raising investment. As impact investment manager of DOEN Participaties, the VC arm of the DOEN foundation, he helps impact startups find what they are looking for. We asked him six pressing questions about investments you might have as a fast-growing start-up.


Keeping track of all the developing trends within the sustainable world can be challenging, but for Manon Klein it is her passion. As the Innovation and Acceleration Lead of the Impact Hub Amsterdam, her job is to help entrepreneurs expand their sustainable business and impact. This has made her an expert in spotting entrepreneurial talent and potential. We asked her to have a look into the future and predict the sustainable trends of 2020.


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.