Dorine Manson has been appointed managing director of the Charity Lotteries (Dutch Postcode Lottery, BankGiro Lottery and the FriendsLottery). She has left VluchtelingenWerk Nederland (the Dutch Council for Refugees), where she has been director and later chair of the board for the past eight years. The position of managing director at the Lotteries fell vacant after Marieke van Schaik recently announced that she would start work as the new director of the Dutch Red Cross.


844 green start-ups have submitted their sustainable business plans and entered this year's edition. There is a total of €1 million in combined prize money for the five best start-ups, of which €500,000 is intended for the winner to bring to market their product or service that helps combat climate change. Another €200,000 is reserved for the runner-up. The other three finalists also win €100,000. In addition to the prize money, all finalists will receive over six months of expert coaching to optimise their business opportunities.


Imme Rog has been appointed CMO (Chief Marketing Officer) on the Board of Novamedia, effective as of 1 June 2018. This appointment extends the Board, consisting of Boudewijn Poelmann (CEO), Simone van Bijsterveldt (CFO) and Sigrid van Aken (COO), to four members. Novamedia, a social enterprise, contributes to a better world through charity lotteries (Dutch Postcode Lottery, BankGiro Lottery, FriendsLottery) and media and publishing activities.


Even more prize money 

In addition to the BookSpot Literature Prize, BookSpot will become the title sponsor of the Gouden Strop (Golden Noose) and Schaduwprijs (Shadow Award). BookSpot will be raising the prize money by awarding €1,000 to the BookSpot Gouden Strop nominees and the winner’s prize will be doubled from €10,000 to €20,000. And the prize money for the winner of the BookSpot Schaduwprijs will be doubled from €1,000 to €2,000.


Acquisitions expected; Susan Smit and Arthur Japin ambassadors.

As of 1 March, eci will continue as BookSpot. The change in name is a consequence of all changes that have taken place and will take place at eci. BookSpot.nl and BookSpot.be want to become the place of choice where everything focuses on books.


Newsroom archive

  1. The world’s greenest ideas and €1 million in prize money
  2. Leonardo DiCaprio calls for a joint approach to preserving the planet
  3. Novamedia/Postcode Lotteries is once again the third biggest private donor in the world (2017)
  4. The ECI Literature Prize 2017 and the ECI Readers' Prize 2017 have gone to De mensengenezer by Koen Peeters
  5. Postcode Lottery receives licence in Norway
  6. Rwandan start-up EarthEnable wins €500,000 in Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2017
  7. Five start-ups compete head to head for investment of half a million euros in cash
  8. Hudson's Bay department store opts for Scheltema as book partner
  9. 25 start-ups still in the running for the grand prize of €500.000
  10. A record number of 515 green entrepreneurs in the running for 500,000 euros
  11. Green start-ups can sign up for the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2017
  12. Charity lotteries listed as a Dutch tradition in the National Intangible Cultural Heritage Inventory (UNESCO)
  13. Founders donate their stake in Novamedia
  14. Novamedia/Postcode Lotteries is once again the third biggest private donor in the world
  15. Martin Michael Driessen wins the 2016 ECI Literature Prize with Rivieren
  16. Dutch start-up PHYSEE wins €500,000 in Postcode Lottery Green Challenge
  17. The Deutsche Postcode Lotterie launches throughout Germany
  18. Petra Lubbers moves to Novamedia
  19. Ruud Esser stops as CFO of Novamedia on 1 May
  20. Josja Zijlstra and Ruud Esser are new directors of Nieuw Amsterdam
  21. Novamedia/Postcode Lotteries world’s 3rd largest private charity donor
  22. Jeroen Brouwers wins the ECI Literature Prize 2015 with Het hout
  23. Change of leadership Novamedia Sverige AB
  24. Nieuw Amsterdam acquires the Fontaine publishing house
  25. Nieuw Amsterdam - Wereldbibliotheek takes over Uitgeverij Bas Lubberhuizen
  26. AKO Literature Prize becomes the ECI Literature Prize
  27. Bookshop Scheltema is back on Rokin
  28. Five sustainable start-ups compete for €500,000 prize
  29. Annemiek is People’s Postcode Lottery’s First Woman
  30. Boudewijn Poelmann in Fortune Magazine’s Top 25 Eco-innovators in the world
  31. Novamedia breathes new life into the Scheltema bookshop
  32. Swedish Postcode Lottery raises more than 120 million EUR for good causes
  33. Novamedia acquires Uitgeverij Nieuw Amsterdam
  34. Charities to receive €302 million from Postcode Lottery
  35. Novamedia acquires ECI book club and webshop
  36. Chelsea Clinton joins People's Postcode Lottery to celebrate over £10,000,000 for good causes at Charity Gala
  37. Swedish Postcode Lottery’s record donations: SEK 945 million
  38. Postcode Lottery raises record €284 million for charity
  39. More and more Dutch choose which charities to play for
  40. Lottery players' support gains importance for cultural institutions
  41. Winning is a 'dream come true' for Scottish charities