In this series we want to highlight some of our scouting partners who have been of great value in finding the brightest start-up talents from all around the globe. Leading start-up hubs, accelerator programmes and entrepreneurship competitions have shared their enormous worldwide networks with us. In this episode we focus on Intellecap, the advisory arm of the Aavishkaar-Intellecap Group. We talked to Kanika Kumar from Mumbai, Associate Vice President, about their entrepreneurship-based approach towards development.

The Amsterdam-based start-up The Great Bubble Barrier is the winner of the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2018. During the final, 29-year-old Anne Marieke Eveleens convinced the international jury that her “Bubble Barrier”, a revolutionary air bubble curtain that combats the plastic soup in our oceans was the winner. As the winner, Anne Marieke and her team will receive a cheque of EUR 500,000 to further develop their green innovation.

The Westergasfabriek, once the place where gas was produced from coal for the city lighting of Amsterdam, is investing heavily in sustainable redevelopment. The organisation has been working for some time to make this transformation from 'old' to 'new' energy and to take all possible steps to make the area completely sustainable. The goal is to be fully climate neutral by 2025. The organisation challenges suppliers, partners and event organisers to follow suit. The final of the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge takes place in the Gasholder for years and we are proud to host it in an ever-increasingly sustainable location.

Duncan Stutterheim, founder of ID&T and sustainable entrepreneur, is the newest member of the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge Jury. We talked to him about how he incorporates environmental building into his real estate ventures in the city, such as ADAM Tower and the former regasification plant Westergasfabriek, and his views on sustainability in daily life.

In the run-up to the Dutch Prince’s Day, the first Tuesday of September is traditionally also Duurzame Dinsdag (Sustainable Tuesday): a special day on which politicians in The Hague focus on sustainable ideas and initiatives. Every year on this day, three people who have been working for years on sustainability receive a Duurzaam Lintje (Sustainability Ribbon). We are honoured that this year, one of them is the co-founder and CEO of our Dutch Postcode Lottery, Boudewijn Poelmann. 

Yesterday City A.M., a business-focused newspaper distributed in and around London, wrote an extensive article about the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge. Also this years' finalists are mentioned.

Emil Goosen (29), one of the co-founders of AquaBattery, is one of the five finalists of Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2018. From a young age, he is extremely interested in topics on energy, sustainability and environmental sciences. Hence, it shouldn’t be surprising that he holds a master’s degree in Energy and Environmental Sciences from Groningen University.

Tessa is co-founder and Chief Innovations Officer at AlgiKnit, a biomaterials company integrating science and design into textile production. She is one of the five finalists of Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2018. With a background in textiles, Tessa aims to solve the problems created by the fashion industry through sustainable design.

Charlie Guy from the UK is one of the five finalists of Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2018. He is co-founder and CEO of LettUs Grow, an agricultural technology company on a mission to reduce the colossal waste and carbon footprint of our global food system and provide easy access to fresh and sustainable greens for the next generation.