Novamedia/Postcode Lotteries is once again third in the City A.M. Charity Index 2017, which collates the biggest private charity donors in the world. Every year, 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). The list is compiled by Professor Theo Schuyt and his team of the VU University Amsterdam.


The ECI Literature Prize for the best Dutch-language literary book of the past year has gone to De mensengenezer by Koen Peeters. This year the prize was awarded for the 31st time by a jury consisting of Dutch and Flemish critics in the Theater aan het Spui in The Hague. In addition to a cash prize of €50,000, the author was also presented with the statue symbolising the award. Koen Peeters was also presented with the ECI Readers’ Prize earlier in the evening.


The Postcode Lottery will start to raise funds for charity in Norway. On Friday, Novamedia Norsk Postkodelotteri AS, together with its partners SOS Barnebyer and the WWF, won one of the three lottery licences in the draw for games of chance in Norway. The licence makes it possible to hold a Norwegian version of the Postcode Lottery – the charity lottery in which you and your neighbours win together. The Novamedia/Postcode Lotteries organisation has already raised more than €8 Billion (NOK 74,678,400,000) for charities and thousands of social initiatives throughout the world.


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.


Newsroom archive

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