By: Igor Kluin, winner of the 2007 Postcode Lottery Green Challenge. 



This is weird. Very, very weird…

One moment you're writing a blog about a small company you just started. Next thing you know you're writing one about leaving that very same company. Hacking away on my laptop, 2005 and 2013 feel as if they're only weeks apart. However, the time has clearly come. It's time for the next step.



By: Nick Christy

So we are now into our second year after winning the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge in September 2011 and it's time to reflect on the progress so far and the challenges ahead.


The best place to start that reflection is at the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge finals for 2012. Coming back as a winner gives you a very different perspective on the competition, the work that goes into it and, more importantly the people that make it happen. If you are lucky enough to be selected as a 2013 finalist look forward to meeting some of the nicest, most motivated people on the planet. Best of all they want to help you succeed.



What are common traits of entrepreneurs? Confidence will be at the top of the list, closely followed by drive, passion, belief and determination. While all these characteristics may be necessary when launching a business, sometimes the most important thing an entrepreneur can do is to talk with others founders and get some advice from experienced CEOs. That's where a business accelerator can come in.

entrepreneurshipEelke Boezeman, Daan Weddepohl, Ieteke Schouten en Jonas Matser
photo by Margot de Heide


By external blogger Daan Weddepohl of Peerby.com, runner-up in the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2012.

If you think a great business idea comes into existence overnight, think again. For Peerby.com the road from an early idea to being a finalist in the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge was one that took more than a year, a fair amount of money, a great team, the help of a lot of bright people and continuous hard work. Luckily there's a lot of help available for starting entrepreneurs. Let me tell you about the path Peerby took.

By external blogger Molly Morse, winner of the 2012 Postcode Lottery Green Challenge. Part of this blog was previously published by the Huffington Post.

A Green Challenge and Opportunity


I'm the kind of person who cringes at the use of disposable plastic silverware. I have been known to scold people who answer "yes" when the grocery clerk asks if they want a bag, and I regularly rescue plastic bottles from trash cans for recycling. Whenever I see my 16-month-old son chewing on a plastic toy, cup—or whatever else he can find—I can't help but worry about what's in the plastic.

By external blogger and PLGC preliminary jury member Jan Paul van Soest.

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For the past couple of years, the month of August is Postcode Lottery Green Challenge Month for me. Literally hundreds of innovative ideas and businessplans find their way to the preliminary jury members, and I'm fortunate to be one of them. Each year is surprising and inspiring. Who else gets the opportunity of pre-selecting entries from all over the world, and by doing that getting a great overview of what's going on in the global arena of sustainable concepts and innovations? Well, my preliminary jury colleagues and I are in the privileged position to call this 'work'.

By external blogger and PLGC 2009 winner Dean Gregory.

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This time of year is a little strange for me – this time three years ago, I was a bundle of nervous energy, getting ready to go to Amsterdam and present the concept of the RidgeBlade to the Green Challenge jury. Soon there will be a number of people across the world that are going through the same thing, half excited, half terrified and part of me envies them, but part of me is just happy to watch from the sidelines! 

We've been told that if you include a number in your blog title, more people will read it. But in reality, there are far more than six reasons to invest in women - particularly when it allows them to boost their education level or access cleaner forms of energy. Here, we've picked those that are most compelling to Empower Generation. For those who are not yet convinced, or need to be reminded, we thought we'd spend a few moments explaining why women are the world's true change agents.
Everywhere you look, women are the linchpins of their families and their communities. With education, skills and basic resources, they can become even greater catalysts for change.


energydisruptionMobile phone chargers as sold in Nepal by Empower Generation

By external blogger Bennett Cohen. This blog was previously published by Empower Generation

Most technology managers are familiar with the concept of "disruptive innovation". Harvard Business Professor Clayton Christensen coined the phrase in his 1995 article, "Disruptive Technologies: Catching the Wave", where he explains that most
"… disruptive innovations were technologically straightforward, consisting of off-the-shelf components put together in a product architecture that was often simpler than prior approaches. They offered a different package of attributes valued only in emerging markets remote from, and unimportant to, the mainstream."

By external blogger Marty Pickett

Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) was honored to host the recent U.S. launch of the United Lotteries '2012 Green Challenge at the Empire State Building. How appropriate that the spire of the iconic building was lit in green in honor of RMI and the evening.

RMIThe Empire State Building design is a registered trademark and is used with permission from ESBC