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The Application period for The Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge is open – Sign up before May 1!

What is it About?

The Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge is one of the largest annual international competitions for bright entrepreneurs that successfully combine sustainability, entrepreneurship, and creativity. The five best start-ups win a total of €1 million in prize money, of which €500,000 is intended for the winner. The runner-up receives €200,000 and the three other finalists win €100,000 each. In addition to this, all five finalists get to participate in DeepDive  – a six-month tailor-made coaching program that ends with a week full of activities in Amsterdam! Start-ups that can participate aim at solving environmental challenges by for example stopping plastic pollution, reducing food waste or reducing CO2 emission.

How does the Judging of the Competition Work?

The judging of Green Challenge is a stepwise process. In the first stage, the preliminary juries from Sweden/Norway, the Netherlands, UK, and Germany will review the entries from their regions. After all the entries have been reviewed, the 25 best start-ups will be selected. Representatives from each preliminary jury will then decide which five start-ups will move on to the final.

The Criteria for your Plan

  • Your business solution should contribute to a more sustainable planet. For example: stop plastic pollution, reduce food waste or fight climate change by reducing CO2 emissions.
  • Your idea should be developed enough and ready to execute
  • Your idea should be realisable as a usable product or service within the next two years
  • Your idea should preferably have integrated Cradle2Cradle principles in the designs

Who Can Apply? You should!

  • Be willing to bring your idea to market yourself, and to commit to working with any organisation necessary for developing the product and/or implementing the service
  • Be 18 years or older
  • Agree with all Terms & Conditions.
  • Fully complete all the questions on the entry form in English
  • Be willing to attend the Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge in the Netherlands if you are selected as a finalist to present your idea to the jury (reasonable travel and lodging expenses for one person per finalist will be reimbursed)

How to Apply?

Go to The Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge to learn more and submit your application before May 1!

For Nordic Cleantech Open applicants, we can help you with the application to make it even stronger. If you want to know more, please contact Ibrahim at