Meet Banyan Nation. This recycling start-up, based in Hyderabad, India, is one of the 25 nominees of the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2018. As well as helping brands such as L'Oréal and Tata Motors reuse their plastic waste, the company has also established a data intelligence platform to track cities’ waste flow. Recognised by the World Economic Forum in 2018, Banyan Nation is currently building a second processing plant in India, opening in 2019, as well as the country’s first plastic testing facility. We spoke with co-founders Raj Madangopal and Mani Vajipey about how they’re changing the way brands think about recycled plastic in India.

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 the second episode we focus on Good Tech Lab, a research initiative exploring the frontiers of technology, entrepreneurship and finance. We talked to co-founder Manuella Cunha Brito about the Lab’s research project and the aim to build a global green tech landscape that will create long-term impact.

We proudly present the 25 start-ups that are still in the running to win €500,000 in the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2018. These innovative businesses have been chosen by our preliminary jury out of 845 applications from 100 countries, and we are delighted to see entrepreneurs from all over the world making it into the top 25.

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 programs and entrepreneurship competitions shared their enormous worldwide networks with us. In the first episode: Seedstars. An organisation focused on early staged technology firms in emerging markets. We talked to Adriana Collini about Seedstars’s worldwide reach and the importance of technology in solving problems.

The Postcode Lottery Green Challenge is one of the largest annual competitions in the field of sustainable entrepreneurship. However, it was not enough for this global competition to be known primarily in Europe and North America. This year, the organisation has been working to reach the best green start-ups from all over the world. We talked to Arjan Beerman and Linda Vermaat from the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge about improving its global visibility and outreach.

845 green start-ups have submitted their sustainable business plans and entered this year's edition. There is a total of €1 million in combined prize money for the five best start-ups, of which €500,000 is intended for the winner to bring to market their product or service that helps combat climate change. Another €200,000 is reserved for the runner-up. The other three finalists also win €100,000. In addition to the prize money, all finalists will receive over six months of expert coaching to optimise their business opportunities.

2016 Postcode Lottery Green Challenge finalist HomeBiogas introduced a revolutionary backyard biogas system that transforms your kitchen waste into biogas. Recently, the company developed the HomeBiogas 2.0, which is an even more efficient and affordable model. We talked to co-founder Oshik Efrati to catch up on how things are going at HomeBiogas.

The Dutch company Fleet Cleaner was a finalist in the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge in 2015 and is continuing its efforts to become one of the leading players in the ship hull cleaning industry. The company strongly believes that robotic hull cleaning is the future. We talked to co-founder Cornelis de Vet to hear how their ambition to become the default party for ship cleaning worldwide is taking shape.

For the second year, Linda Vermaat works as start-up scout for the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge. During the submission period from 1 March until 1 June, she literally roams the earth in search of bright people with smart ideas. Recently, she travelled to South Africa and South America and her next stop is China. In between her trips we were able to meet up with her to hear about how it’s going.

A finalist of the 2014 Postcode Lottery Green Challenge, Dutch technology provider Bluerise has developed cutting edge energy technology to harness the ocean’s power. Their Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) is a renewable energy technology that uses the natural temperature difference in oceans to produce clean, reliable electricity, day and night, all year-round. It can become a substantial part of the future sustainable energy mix. We talked to Diego Acevedo about Bluerise’s commercial rollout and their first projects in the Caribbean.