Starting 1 March, green start-ups from all over the world can sign up for the Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge. The competition has expanded to become one of the largest annual sustainability competitions in the world. There is a total of €1 million in combined prize money for the five best start-ups, of which €500,000 is for the winner. In addition to the prize money, all finalists will receive over six months of expert coaching to optimise their business opportunities. With this international competition, the Postcode Lotteries are helping start-ups from around the world to bring their innovations to market. Business plans can be submitted via www.greenchallenge.info until 1 May 2019.


Her Majesty Queen Máxima opened the new home of the Charity Lotteries (Dutch Postcode Lottery, FriendsLottery and BankGiro Lottery) in Amsterdam. The opening is the final act in a two-year renovation project in which a vacant and neglected building in Amsterdam has been transformed into the most sustainably renovated building in the Netherlands. In line with their mission of contributing to a fair and sustainable world, the Charity Lotteries have created the most sustainably renovated building in the Netherlands.



SOS Children’s Villages and WWF will receive donations

The Postcode Lottery, one of the most successful charity lotteries in the world and the third largest private donor to charities in the world, is coming to Norway. SOS Children’s Villages and the World Wildlife Fund in Norway are delighted.


Newsroom archive

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