Sustainable and inexpensive alternative for cement to replace dirt floors improves lives and cuts CO2 emissions

The Rwandan start-up EarthEnable is the winner of the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2017. During the finale, co-founder Gayatri Datar impressed the international jury with her sustainable alternative for cement to replace dirt floors. As the winner, she receives a cheque of €500,000 to further develop her green innovation. The runner-up prize of €200,000 goes to the biodegradable alternative for plastic by the Danish start-up Pond. This year, the other three finalists were also surprised to each receive €100,000. This brings the total prize pool of one of the biggest sustainability competitions in the world to €1 million.

Dutch Postcode Lottery gives green start-ups a chance to break through with annual competition

An injection of €500,000 is what stands to be won at the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge, one of the largest annual international competitions in the field of sustainability innovation. ARED and EarthEnable from Rwanda, Glowee from France, Ligthyear from the Netherlands and Pond from Denmark are the five start-ups that made it to the finale and which are still in the running for the grand prize.

Nominees for the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2017 announced

Today, the 25 nominees with a chance to secure a place in the finale of the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2017, an annual competition organized by the Dutch Postcode Lottery to provide a helping hand to starting green entrepreneurs, were announced. A record number of 515 entrepreneurs from no fewer than 89 countries submitted their sustainable business plans aimed at combating climate change.

Green start-ups can sign up for the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2017

The annual global search for start-ups that combat climate change started again today. Green start-ups can submit their business plan on By participating, they are eligible to win €500,000. The Postcode Lottery Green Challenge is one of the biggest annual competitions in the field of sustainable business. Start-ups from around the world can take part.

The Dutch green start-up PHYSEE is the winner of the tenth edition of the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge. Co-founder Willem Kesteloo impressed the international jury during the finals in Amsterdam with his PowerWindow. In the presence of Her Majesty Queen Máxima he was handed a cheque for €500,000 to further develop and market his product. The runner-up prize of €200,000 went to green entrepreneur Zhengliang Wu of Green City Solutions from Germany. The other three finalists were given a pleasant surprise as well as they all received €100,000. This is a once-only occasion to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the sustainability competition.


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  3. €500,000 for best business plan against climate change -
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  5. Finalists of the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2015 compete to win €500,000 -
  6. Nominees for the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2015 announced -
  7. 500,000 euro for green entrepreneur with the best business plan -
  8. Green start-up Bio-bean wins €500,000 -
  9. Five sustainable start-ups compete for €500,000 prize -
  10. Over 300 entries in Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2014 -
  11. Eighth Postcode Lottery Green Challenge opens for entries -
  12. American Ginger Dosier wins €500,000 for green business idea -
  13. Richard Branson paints Amsterdam green to open Postcode Lottery Green Challenge -
  14. Sustainable entrepreneurs compete for €500,000 prize -
  15. Sir Richard Branson seeks promising green business plans -
  16. American wins $630,000 in global Green Challenge for biodegradable plastic -
  17. Three entrepreneurs head to Postcode Lottery Green Challenge final in New York -
  18. Green entrepreneurs to vie for €500,000 prize -
  19. Green entrepreneurs compete to win 500,000 EUR -
  20. Sustainable shower wins EUR 500,000 in 2011 Postcode Lottery Green Challenge -

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