Books from Amsterdam’s famous bookstore available throughout the Netherlands

With the opening of the first of ten department stores approaching fast, Hudson’s Bay and the Scheltema bookstore today announced their partnership. A selection of books specifically chosen by Scheltema will be available for sale at the new department stores. During the second-half of August, Hudson’s Bay will open its first department store along the Rokin in the heart of Amsterdam. Hudson’s Bay’s opening in the Netherlands will be celebrated after 19 September.

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 lucky entrepreneur will go home with first prize.

We're proud to announce that a record number of 515 green entrepreneurs have submitted their sustainable business plans and entered this year's edition, an increase of 75% compared to last year when 292 start-ups submitted their business plan. The entrants have a chance of winning the grand prize of EUR 500,000 to bring to market their product or service that helps combat climate change. Another EUR 200,000 is reserved for the runner-up. We’re very happy to see that the number of submitted entries from Africa (+162%), Asia (+30%) and South-America (+141%) has grown.


Combat climate change and win €500,000

The annual global search for start-ups that combat climate change started again March 1st. 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 National Intangible Cultural Heritage Inventory for the Netherlands has been expanded to include the tradition of charity lotteries, the biggest of which are the Dutch Postcode Lottery, the BankGiro Lottery and the FriendsLottery. Novamedia is the creator and owner of various brands and lottery formats, including the Postcode Lottery. In the Netherlands Novamedia operates two other lotteries besides the Postcode Lottery: The FriendsLottery and the BankGiro Lottery.

Newsroom archive

  1. Founders donate their stake in Novamedia
  2. Novamedia/Postcode Lotteries is once again the third biggest private donor in the world
  3. Martin Michael Driessen wins the 2016 ECI Literature Prize with Rivieren
  4. Dutch start-up PHYSEE wins €500,000 in Postcode Lottery Green Challenge
  5. The Deutsche Postcode Lotterie launches throughout Germany
  6. Petra Lubbers moves to Novamedia
  7. Ruud Esser stops as CFO of Novamedia on 1 May
  8. Josja Zijlstra and Ruud Esser are new directors of Nieuw Amsterdam
  9. Novamedia/Postcode Lotteries world’s 3rd largest private charity donor
  10. Jeroen Brouwers wins the ECI Literature Prize 2015 with Het hout
  11. Change of leadership Novamedia Sverige AB
  12. Nieuw Amsterdam acquires the Fontaine publishing house
  13. Nieuw Amsterdam - Wereldbibliotheek takes over Uitgeverij Bas Lubberhuizen
  14. AKO Literature Prize becomes the ECI Literature Prize
  15. Bookshop Scheltema is back on Rokin
  16. Five sustainable start-ups compete for €500,000 prize
  17. Annemiek is People’s Postcode Lottery’s First Woman
  18. Boudewijn Poelmann in Fortune Magazine’s Top 25 Eco-innovators in the world
  19. Novamedia breathes new life into the Scheltema bookshop
  20. Swedish Postcode Lottery raises more than 120 million EUR for good causes
  21. Novamedia acquires Uitgeverij Nieuw Amsterdam
  22. Charities to receive €302 million from Postcode Lottery
  23. Novamedia acquires ECI book club and webshop
  24. Chelsea Clinton joins People's Postcode Lottery to celebrate over £10,000,000 for good causes at Charity Gala
  25. Swedish Postcode Lottery’s record donations: SEK 945 million
  26. Postcode Lottery raises record €284 million for charity
  27. More and more Dutch choose which charities to play for
  28. Lottery players' support gains importance for cultural institutions
  29. Winning is a 'dream come true' for Scottish charities