Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2015 for Sustainable Startups around the World

Deadline: 1 June 2015

Are you a sustainable startup with a brilliant plan to combat climate change? If yes, then apply for this opportunity!

The ninth edition of the annual global competition for green business plans is open to sustainable startups from all over the world. The winner will receive €500,000 to help bring his or her plan to market. An additional €200,000 runner-up prize will also be awarded. The winners will be announced on 10 September 2015 at the final in Amsterdam.

The Dutch Postcode Lottery offers the Green Challenge to encourage the development of products and services that contribute to an environmental lifestyle; that reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and that rate highly in aspects of quality, design, and convenience.

Past Winners

  • Arthur Kay and his company Bio-bean were winners in 2014. Their winning project was Bio-bean up cycles waste coffee grounds into biodiesel and biomass pellets, that can be used for powering buildings and transport systems.
  • 2013 winner bioMASON from the US, which makes bricks out of bacteria, was named one of the 5 startups ‘reimagining the world’ by CNN. The American Molly Morse won the 2012 grand prize for Mango Materials, a company that uses bacteria to turn methane into biodegradable plastic.
  • In 2011 Nick Christy of Australia won with his Water Recycling Shower. The shower system cuts water and energy use and costs by 70 per cent without compromising on comfort.
  • 2010 winner was SolSource (US) for his projecta ‘solar cooker on steroids’.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Any green startup in the world can enter in the competition.
  • To be eligible for the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge, a product or service must reduce greenhouse gas emissions and it should be possible to be in the market within two years.
  • Every entrant sends in a detailed business plan, and an expert preliminary jury will evaluate its viability.

How to Apply

After registering on the website, applicants must submit their business plan online through the website.

Note: Email attachments or applications by mail will not be accepted.

For more information about this challenge, please visit Green Challenge 2015 Call.


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