Get in the Ring and the Postcode Lotteries are looking for startups and scaleups work towards a more sustainable future together. To face the issues of our time, the Postcode Lotteries want to boost and support startups that are ready to speed up the transition towards a zero carbon economy, fight pollution, reduce food waste and more.

 

With a combined total of €1,000,000 in prize money, the Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge is one of the largest annual competitions in the field of sustainability. The winner receives €500,000 to further develop their service or product. The runner-up will receive €200,000 and the three other finalists will win €100,000 each.

 

The Dutch Postcode Lottery started the competition in 2007, after being inspired by president Clinton to look for those dedicated entrepreneurs with brilliant green business plans. Plans that are ready to make an impact and work towards a more sustainable planet. The answers to the issues of our time are already in front of us. But it takes entrepreneurs like the Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge finalists to present us with sustainable solutions and get them out into the world.

 

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THE CHALLENGE

We are being confronted with the consequences of climate change around the world. We are looking for solutions from green businesses, that for example stop plastic pollution, reduce food waste, or fight climate change by reducing co2 emissions.

WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU

  • 500K cash prize for the winner.

  • Total of 1M combined prize money and access to the Green Challenge fund for top 5 startups.

  • Support to bring your service/product to the market.

  • 6 months of expert coaching.

  • A trip to the Netherlands to join our finale event.

ADDITIONAL CRITERIA

  • Your business solution should contribute towards a more sustainable planet.

  • Should be developed enough to execute.

  • Should be realisable as a usable product or service within the next two years.

  • Should preferably have integrated Cradle2Cradle principles in the designs.

  • Besides these criteria, the jury will also look at factors such as: communication potential, courageousness and creativity.

TIMELINE

MAY 1ST

APPLICATIONS DEADLINE


The deadline for applications is May 1st at 12.00 noon (UTC+1).
END OF JUNE

ANNOUNCEMENT SELECTED STARTUPS


The announcement for the 25 selected startups is done at the end of June.
BEGINNING OF SEPTEMEBER

ANNOUNCEMENT FINALISTS


The announcement of the top 5 finalists is done in the first week of September.
OCTOBER 3TH

GRAND FINALE


The 5 finalists are invited to the grand finale on October 3th in the Netherlands. Transport and accomodation costs are covered for participants.
39 days left
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