With its innovative power-generating windows, the start-up PHYSEE from Delft won the grand prize of €500,000 in the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge in 2016. This month, these fully-operating PowerWindows will be installed for the first time in the sustainably-built office of Dutch Charity Lotteries (Postcode Loterij, VriendenLoterij, BankGiro Loterij) in Amsterdam-South. By mid-2018, there will be workstations for around 600 employees who will be able to charge their electrical devices with power generated by the PowerWindows.

We're proud to announce that  a record number of 515 green entrepreneurs have submitted their sustainable business plans and entered this year's edition, an increase of 75% compared to last year when 292 start-ups submitted their business plan. The entrants have a chance of winning the grand prize of EUR 500,000 to bring to market their product or service that helps combat climate change. Another EUR 200,000 is reserved for the runner-up. We’re very happy to see that the number of submitted entries from Africa (+162%), Asia (+30%) and South-America (+141%) has grown.

The Postcode Lottery Green Challenge looks for the best enterprising idea that will reduce CO2 emissions. There is a large group of bright entrepreneurs working hard to make the world better and greener. But what is good entrepreneurship exactly? Here are some characteristics we see in most of our applications.

Worldwide efforts are made to increase the number of female-led start-ups in investment portfolios and funding competitions. The Postcode Lottery Green Challenge is proud of its incredible female winners, finalists and nominees. Here are five examples of inspiring women who are working towards a greener planet. 

Sir Richard Branson is a business magnate, investor and philanthropist. Richard has been involved in the competition since the beginning. After serving on the jury in 2007, he returned in 2013 as chair of the jury. He shares six quick tips that every young entrepreneur should bear in mind when starting up.

Your company will reach a whole new level from the opportunities that the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge brings you. Even if you don’t win. Read here what former finalists gained from the experience of participating in the competition.

Many entrepreneurs who submit their idea to the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge are inspired to make parts of our everyday life more sustainable. Here are some examples of winners, finalists and nominees that show us how we can make our own contribution to a greener world.

When filling out the entry form of the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge you already have to decide who from your team will represent the company in Amsterdam if you make it to the final. Here are some considerations for taking that decision.

Got a great green business plan to submit to the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge? Then you’ll also need a pitch video, which is one of the required elements for the competition. Here are some tips for making a good video to help kick-start your creativity!