In 2017, Rwanda-based EarthEnable scooped the top prize of the Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge. Providers of hygienic, affordable, not to mention beautiful earthen floors, the organisation aims to solve the problem of dirt floors in rural Africa, which have been linked to issues spanning everything from respiratory problems and diarrhea, to malnutrition. An affordable and environmentally friendly alternative to concrete, EarthEnable's floors are quite simply making homes better. We caught up with co-founder and CEO, Gayatri Datar, to discuss how their business model is changing as a result of EarthEnable’s big win.

Jacquelien Bunt is deputy head of the Charities Department at the Dutch Postcode Lottery and she is a member of the Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge pre-jury for the second year in a row. We talked to her about her background and her role in selecting the nominees of the best ideas from over 1,167 submissions from all around the world.

As any burgeoning start-up will attest, a fantastic product or idea is one thing - but it’s securing investment that can really make or break entrepreneurial success. With a portfolio spanning 65 equity investments and convertible loans, as well as 12 fund investments, DOEN Participaties (Ventures) is the biggest impact investor for sustainable and socially inclusive start-ups in the Netherlands. The investment arm of DOEN Foundation, a key partner of the Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge, it furthers the Foundation’s core goals.

This year, Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge was delighted to team up with tech and innovation platform, The Next Web. Innovation Program Manager, Gianluca Bellan, took time out from preparing for the company’s calendar highlight, the annual TNW Conference, taking place in Amsterdam 9 -10 May, to discuss how the challenge helps start-ups focus on growth - and why building a network matters.

The DOEN Foundation has been an important partner of Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge since the competition's launch in 2007. DOEN plays an essential role in selecting which start-ups have the potential to really make a difference. Also, the organisation holds and releases prize money to finalists.

Want to get a head start on our entry form? Join our 30 minutes online meetup with our start-up scout Linda Vermaat. During this session you will get to know more about our green business competition. We will also reserve plenty of time for all your questions. Want to take this opportunity?

In 2017, Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge awarded a total of one million euros to five fantastic start-ups worldwide. In particular, it was our very great pleasure to meet Thomas Brorsen Pedersen, CEO and founder of biomaterials firm, pond. Its bioresin systems replaces crude oil in the production of plastics for compostable, durable solutions made from natural fibres such as flax, hemp, or textile waste.

Imagine, someone gave you half a million euros to scale up a business to make our world better. That is the prize money for the winner of the Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge. Linda Vermaat has been a startup scout for the competition for many years. She reveals who should definitely apply, what makes a winner and why all participants benefit.