Green start-ups from all over the world can now sign up for the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge

The Green Challenge, now in it’s 12th year, is one of the largest annual sustainability competitions in the world – offering a total of €1 million to entrepreneurial green start-ups. 

Pitch your Green start-up here.

The challenge focuses on supporting innovative and creative entrepreneurs. Green products or services that reduce CO2 emissions and that score highly on design, user friendliness, and quality, are all eligible to win. Some of the incredible winners over the last years include:

2017 - Gayatri Datar - EarthEnable - Rwanda

EarthEnable has developed a method to produce sustainable floors using locally sourced materials. This Rwandan start-up tackles a global problem, as more than a billion people still live on earthen floors, which are often a breeding ground for parasites and germs. EarthEnable’s floors are 75 per cent cheaper than cement floors and generate 90 per cent fewer carbon emissions.

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2016 - Willem Kesteloo – PHYSEE – The Netherlands

PHYSEE’s windows boast the first fully transparent energy-generating glass. A coating collects light and solar cells in the frame convert it to electricity. In dense cities, commercial buildings can account for most carbon emissions. PowerWindows can supply half the energy for a renovated commercial building and up to 100% for a new building. 

2015 - Jurriaan Ruys – Land Life Company – The Netherlands

The Cocoon from Land Life Company is designed to support a seedling through its critical first years. The Cocoon provides water and shelter. This way, the Cocoon produces independent, strong trees that are not reliant on external irrigation and which can survive harsh conditions. 

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Marieke van Schaik, Managing Director of the National Postcode Lottery, jury member and co-founder of the competition, said the following about the 2018 challenge: “We are being confronted with the consequences of climate change around the world. At the Postcode Lottery, we are working towards a green and just world. We do so by supporting charities, but also by giving start-ups with amazing green innovations a boost. The drive and the creativity of these entrepreneurs is admirable, and very much needed to make our lifestyle more sustainable. With the prize money and our global platform, we want to help them move forward. I look forward to this year’s entries.”

Green entrepreneurs can enter their business plans from now until 1 June.

In mid-July the jury will announce the 25 nominees, and one month later, it will announce the five finalists. Finalists will attend the finale in Amsterdam on 13 September and from there, the start-ups will pitch their ideas to an international jury.