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.

The pre-jury studied the submissions and from them, selected the best 25 start-ups. These 25 entrepreneurs are still in the running to win the €500,000 first prize. On 15 August, it will be announced which five of these contenders will move on to the finale, which will take place on 14 September. During the finale, it will become clear which entrepreneur will go home with the first prize.

Representing the African continent are two start-ups from Rwanda, two from Kenya, one from Tanzania and one from Ivory Coast. The American continent is represented by one start-up from Brazil and three from the United States of America. Two start-ups from Asia come from Israel and India. Europe is being represented by 13 start-ups; seven from the Netherlands, two from Denmark and one from France. Sweden, Germany and the United Kingdom are represented by one start-up each.

The inventions range from a dynamic wireless electrification system for urban electric transportation to the use of bioluminescence to create a clean source of light.

A significant increase in submissions from Africa, Asia and South America
Margriet Schreuders, chair of the pre-jury: “I am very happy to see that so many people from all over the globe are dedicated to making the planet more sustainable. As is the case every year, it was a difficult but inspiring task to consider each submission and to select the best 25 of the group. It may have been even more difficult this year, as the number of business plans that were submitted had increased by no less than 75%. We are seeing a significant increase in submissions from Africa, Asia and South America. In fact, Africa showed the largest increase, which is also reflected in the number of African nominees this year.”

Finale on 14 September
On 15 August, the organisation will announce which of the nominees will go on to participate in the finale on 14 September at Gashouder in Amsterdam. Leila Janah, founder of Samasource, is this year’s chair of the international jury.

Last year, the Dutch start-up PHYSEE won the €500,000 first prize. PHYSEE produces the PowerWindow, a completely transparent, energy-generating type of glass. Thanks to an innovative window frame, sunlight that would normally be reflected by the window is turned into electricity.