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.

Novamedia/Postcode Lotteries is once again in third place in the ‘City A.M. Charity Index 2016’ of the biggest donors in the world. Every year, the British business newspaper City A.M. publishes a ranking of the world’s biggest donors to charitable organisations. Numbers one and two are the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (United States) and the Wellcome Trust (United Kingdom). This list is compiled by Professor Theo Schuyt and his team of the VU University Amsterdam.

The Dutch green start-up PHYSEE is the winner of the tenth edition of the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge. Co-founder Willem Kesteloo impressed the international jury during the finals in Amsterdam with his PowerWindow. In the presence of Her Majesty Queen Máxima he was handed a cheque for €500,000 to further develop and market his product. The runner-up prize of €200,000 went to green entrepreneur Zhengliang Wu of Green City Solutions from Germany. The other three finalists were given a pleasant surprise as well as they all received €100,000. This is a once-only occasion to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the sustainability competition.

Winning and supporting society together – the Deutsche Postcode Lotterie launches throughout Germany

The Deutsche Postcode Lottery launches on Thursday 28 July across Germany, allowing neighbours to win prizes together whilst supporting charities local to them. The lottery awards 30% from every ticket sold to good causes, supporting projects which focus on education, social cohesion, human rights and environmental conservation across all federal states.

Novamedia/Postcode Lotteries is ranked third largest private charity donor in the world, according to the World Charity Index 2014 of London business newspaper City A.M. Number one and two in the Charity Index are the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (USA) and the Wellcome Trust (UK). When it comes to fundraising private charity donors, Novamedia/Postcode Lotteries is the world's biggest.

For 101 charities, it was a big night at the Koninklijk Theater Carré. The Dutch Postcode Lottery announced at its “Good Money Gala” that it would donate a record €302 million this year to good causes. The night’s highlight came when the lottery announced it would award €14.4 million from its Dream Fund to Peace Parks and WWF to help them in their efforts to save African rhinoceros from extinction. The lottery established the Dream Fund to enable courageous, groundbreaking new projects.

Chelsea Clinton joined 500 guests at People’s Postcode Lottery’s Charity Gala to celebrate the tremendous £10,200,000 players of the lottery have generated for good causes in 2013. The evening event was held at the historic National Museum of Scotland and also saw over £1,000,000 in new funding being awarded to a range of charities and good causes. These included the Clinton Foundation, Canal & River Trust, Missing People, Glasgow Bike Centre and The Mayhew Animal Home.

The Dutch Postcode Lottery will distribute a record €284 million this year to 85 charitable organisations. The Netherlands' largest charity lottery announced the figure today at its annual Goed Geld Gala, held this year in Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum. Thanks in part to the Postcode Lottery's 2.5 million players, the charities will be able to continue their important work and launch new projects. Half the price of every lottery ticket goes directly to charities working in the areas of development cooperation, human rights, nature conservation, the environment, and social cohesion in the Netherlands.

People in the Netherlands like to decide which charities they support when they play the VriendenLoterij. The lottery saw a rise in 2011 in sales of “earmarked” tickets. Players use these to indicate in advance which charity will receive part of the price of their ticket. This system makes the VriendenLoterij unique in the Netherlands. More than 49 per cent (nearly €24 million) of the €48 million available total for 2011 will go to charities and clubs chosen by players. In 2010, the proportion was 47 per cent (more than €21 million), and in 2005 just 18 per cent (€6.6 million).

The Netherlands' BankGiro Loterij saw its revenues rise to more than €128 million in 2011. Half of this figure - €64 million - will go to cultural and cultural-heritage institutions in the Netherlands. That means players of the cultural lottery will make their largest contribution ever to cultural causes. The BankGiro Loterij named the institutions that would share this record sum on Monday at its Goed Geld Gala. In total, 58 organisations will receive cheques for multiyear or one-time support.