The judging of the Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge is a four-stage process. In the first stage, after the entry period has closed, the organisation will review the entries and will then select the applications that may proceed to the second stage to finish the complete application. After all the entries to the second stage have been reviewed, the preliminary jury will select the 25 best start-ups as nominees. These entrepreneurs will still be in the running to win the first prize of €500,000.
These finalists will present their ideas to an international jury, media and selected audience. Each of the five finalists of the Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge will receive a minimum of €100,000, the runner-up will receive €200,000 and the winner will take the grand prize of € 500,000. In addition to the prize money, all finalists will receive expert coaching in order to optimise their business opportunities.