Swedish Algae Factory (Sweden) has been announced as the winner of the Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge 2019. During the final in Amsterdam, Sofie Allert, CEO and founder of Swedish Algae Factory, convinced the international jury and received the grand prize of 500,000 euros for her green start-up. The runner-up prize of 200,000 euros went to nuventura from Germany. The other three finalists were awarded 100,000 euros each to grow their businesses. In addition to the prize money, the five finalists receive six months of support and coaching in furthering their business during the Green Challenge DeepDive. The Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge is an annual international competition in the field of sustainability innovation which encourages and supports start-ups in taking their business to the next level.


Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge give finalists a chance of taking their green business to the next level

Desolenator from Great Britain, Field Factors from the Netherlands, Nuventura from Germany and Swedish Algae Factory and TEXEL Energy Storage from Sweden have been announced as the finalists of the Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge 2019. The annual international competition in the field of sustainability innovation encourages and supports start-ups in taking their business to the next level. The five finalists pitch their start-up to an international jury on 3 October during the final in Amsterdam. With their place in the final, the five finalists are guaranteed to win at least 100,000 euros each. The runner up will win 200,000 euros and the winner will go home with the grand prize of 500,000 euros. In addition to the prize money, all of the finalists will have access to the Green Challenge DeepDive: a 6-month program in which the start-ups receive support and coaching in furthering their business.


Nominees for the Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge 2019 announced
The Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge has announced the 25 start-ups that have made it through the first stage of the international competition supporting green entrepreneurs. The start-ups have been chosen by a panel of experts from 1,167 applications from all over the world to be considered for the grand prize of 500,000 euros to develop their sustainable business. Early September the five finalists will be announced.


As of July 2019, high-profile literary publishing house Podium will pursue its activities as part of Publishing House Nieuw Amsterdam, thereby reinforcing Nieuw Amsterdam’s literary character. From this strong platform, director Joost Nijsen, who founded Podium in 1997, expects to be able to offer his authors even better support and commercial opportunities.



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  1. €1 million for start-ups that contribute towards a more sustainable planet
  2. Queen Máxima opens the Charity Lotteries’ new sustainably renovated office
  3. Tommy Wieringa wins the BookSpot Literature Prize 2018 with De heilige Rita
  4. The Postcode Lottery starts in Norway
  5. Dutch start-up wins half a million euros for air bubble curtain to combat plastic soup
  6. Sustainability Ribbon for Boudewijn Poelmann
  7. Start-ups from the UK, Estonia, the Netherlands and the United States compete for grand prize of €500,000
  8. Bill Clinton visits the most sustainably renovated building in the Netherlands
  9. 25 Green start-ups in the running to win €500,000 in green business competition
  10. Frank Leeman has passed away
  11. Dorine Manson appointed managing director of the Dutch Charity Lotteries
  12. A new all-time high: 844 green start-ups in the running for €500,000
  13. Imme Rog appointed CMO of Novamedia
  14. BookSpot to sponsor the Gouden Strop
  15. Eci to continue as BookSpot
  16. The world’s greenest ideas and €1 million in prize money
  17. Leonardo DiCaprio calls for a joint approach to preserving the planet
  18. Novamedia/Postcode Lotteries is once again the third biggest private donor in the world (2017)
  19. The ECI Literature Prize 2017 and the ECI Readers' Prize 2017 have gone to De mensengenezer by Koen Peeters
  20. Postcode Lottery receives licence in Norway
  21. Rwandan start-up EarthEnable wins €500,000 in Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2017
  22. Five start-ups compete head to head for investment of half a million euros in cash
  23. Hudson's Bay department store opts for Scheltema as book partner
  24. 25 start-ups still in the running for the grand prize of €500.000
  25. A record number of 515 green entrepreneurs in the running for 500,000 euros
  26. Green start-ups can sign up for the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2017
  27. Charity lotteries listed as a Dutch tradition in the National Intangible Cultural Heritage Inventory (UNESCO)
  28. Founders donate their stake in Novamedia
  29. Novamedia/Postcode Lotteries is once again the third biggest private donor in the world
  30. Martin Michael Driessen wins the 2016 ECI Literature Prize with Rivieren
  31. Dutch start-up PHYSEE wins €500,000 in Postcode Lottery Green Challenge
  32. The Deutsche Postcode Lotterie launches throughout Germany
  33. Petra Lubbers moves to Novamedia
  34. Ruud Esser stops as CFO of Novamedia on 1 May
  35. Josja Zijlstra and Ruud Esser are new directors of Nieuw Amsterdam
  36. Novamedia/Postcode Lotteries world’s 3rd largest private charity donor
  37. Jeroen Brouwers wins the ECI Literature Prize 2015 with Het hout
  38. Change of leadership Novamedia Sverige AB
  39. Nieuw Amsterdam acquires the Fontaine publishing house
  40. Nieuw Amsterdam - Wereldbibliotheek takes over Uitgeverij Bas Lubberhuizen
  41. AKO Literature Prize becomes the ECI Literature Prize
  42. Bookshop Scheltema is back on Rokin
  43. Five sustainable start-ups compete for €500,000 prize
  44. Annemiek is People’s Postcode Lottery’s First Woman
  45. Boudewijn Poelmann in Fortune Magazine’s Top 25 Eco-innovators in the world
  46. Novamedia breathes new life into the Scheltema bookshop
  47. Swedish Postcode Lottery raises more than 120 million EUR for good causes
  48. Novamedia acquires Uitgeverij Nieuw Amsterdam
  49. Charities to receive €302 million from Postcode Lottery
  50. Novamedia acquires ECI book club and webshop
  51. Chelsea Clinton joins People's Postcode Lottery to celebrate over £10,000,000 for good causes at Charity Gala
  52. Swedish Postcode Lottery’s record donations: SEK 945 million
  53. Postcode Lottery raises record €284 million for charity
  54. More and more Dutch choose which charities to play for
  55. Lottery players' support gains importance for cultural institutions
  56. Winning is a 'dream come true' for Scottish charities