Entries opened yesterday and will run until the first of June. If you’ve got green fingers and a mind for business, you could end up benefiting from the money. Entrants will need to send in a solid business plan as part of their application, and their project must reduce greenhouse emissions and be on the market within two years.
Out of the countless entrants and proposals, 25 nominees will be selected by a jury and announced on Wednesday 15th July. Five finalists will then go to Amsterdam for five days, where they will be given professional advice on how to present their proposed projects to a jury. The winner of the 2015 Green Challenge will be announced on 10th September 2015.
Funding for the winners is granted from the from United Postcode Lotteries, an umbrella organisation which includes the UK People’s Postcode Lottery. The competition itself is organised by the Dutch Postcode Lottery.
Last year’s winner was London-based Arthur Kay, whose Bio-bean project transforms used coffee grounds into biomass pellets and biofuel that are then sold to businesses in the capital. Winning €500,000 last year enabled him to expand his business, buying a processing facility that can handle coffee waste from all over the UK.
When you buy tickets for the People’s Postcode Lottery, you aren’t just funding your own dreams of a big cash win - you’re helping fund good causes that make everyone’s lives better. With daily, weekly and monthly prizes handed out to lucky winners across the UK, and the knowledge that you’re supporting an incredible charitable effort, why not give it a try and sign up today? You can find out more about the game by visiting the Postcode Lottery page at Lottery.co.uk.