Sustainable and inexpensive alternative for cement to replace dirt floors improves lives and cuts CO2 emissions

The Rwandan start-up EarthEnable is the winner of the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2017. During the finale, co-founder Gayatri Datar impressed the international jury with her sustainable alternative for cement to replace dirt floors. As the winner, she receives a cheque of €500,000 to further develop her green innovation. The runner-up prize of €200,000 goes to the biodegradable alternative for plastic by the Danish start-up Pond. This year, the other three finalists were also surprised to each receive €100,000. This brings the total prize pool of one of the biggest sustainability competitions in the world to €1 million.


Dutch Postcode Lottery gives green start-ups a chance to break through with annual competition

An injection of €500,000 is what stands to be won at the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge, one of the largest annual international competitions in the field of sustainability innovation. ARED and EarthEnable from Rwanda, Glowee from France, Ligthyear from the Netherlands and Pond from Denmark are the five start-ups that made it to the finale and which are still in the running for the grand prize. They will present their business plans to an international jury, the press and the public on 14 September in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. During the finale, it will be announced who will go home with the grand prize of half a million euros. The runner-up will receive €200,000.


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.

 


Newsroom archive

  1. Green start-ups can sign up for the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2017
  2. Charity lotteries listed as a Dutch tradition in the National Intangible Cultural Heritage Inventory (UNESCO)
  3. Founders donate their stake in Novamedia
  4. Novamedia/Postcode Lotteries is once again the third biggest private donor in the world
  5. Martin Michael Driessen wins the 2016 ECI Literature Prize with Rivieren
  6. Dutch start-up PHYSEE wins €500,000 in Postcode Lottery Green Challenge
  7. The Deutsche Postcode Lotterie launches throughout Germany
  8. Petra Lubbers moves to Novamedia
  9. Ruud Esser stops as CFO of Novamedia on 1 May
  10. Josja Zijlstra and Ruud Esser are new directors of Nieuw Amsterdam
  11. Novamedia/Postcode Lotteries world’s 3rd largest private charity donor
  12. Jeroen Brouwers wins the ECI Literature Prize 2015 with Het hout
  13. Change of leadership Novamedia Sverige AB
  14. Nieuw Amsterdam acquires the Fontaine publishing house
  15. Nieuw Amsterdam - Wereldbibliotheek takes over Uitgeverij Bas Lubberhuizen
  16. AKO Literature Prize becomes the ECI Literature Prize
  17. Bookshop Scheltema is back on Rokin
  18. Five sustainable start-ups compete for €500,000 prize
  19. Annemiek is People’s Postcode Lottery’s First Woman
  20. Boudewijn Poelmann in Fortune Magazine’s Top 25 Eco-innovators in the world
  21. Novamedia breathes new life into the Scheltema bookshop
  22. Swedish Postcode Lottery raises more than 120 million EUR for good causes
  23. Novamedia acquires Uitgeverij Nieuw Amsterdam
  24. Charities to receive €302 million from Postcode Lottery
  25. Novamedia acquires ECI book club and webshop
  26. Chelsea Clinton joins People's Postcode Lottery to celebrate over £10,000,000 for good causes at Charity Gala
  27. Swedish Postcode Lottery’s record donations: SEK 945 million
  28. Postcode Lottery raises record €284 million for charity
  29. More and more Dutch choose which charities to play for
  30. Lottery players' support gains importance for cultural institutions
  31. Winning is a 'dream come true' for Scottish charities