An interesting initiative, this year with Sir Richard Branson: he is chairing the jury of this year’s Postcode Lottery Green Challenge. The seventh edition of the annual competition for green business plans is open to sustainable startups from all over the world from April 17th – July 17th 2013. The winner will receive €500,000 to help bring his or her plan to market. An additional €200,000 will go to one or two runners-up. Entrants can submit their business plans until 17 July by registering and submitting on this website. The jury will announce the winner on 16 September at the final in Amsterdam.
Branson, a dyed-in-the-wool social and sustainable entrepreneur, has been involved in the competition since the beginning. After serving on the jury in 2007, he returns this year as chair. ”The Postcode Lottery Green Challenge calls on entrepreneurs to find solutions to climate change, one of the most urgent issues we face today,” Branson said. ”I encourage everybody around the world with a great CO2 reducing idea to enter this prestigious contest. One smart, creative idea can make a huge difference.”