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Green Challenge shortlist announced

Green Challenge
Swedish Algae Factory won in 2019.

Europe’s €1 million Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge has revealed the 25 startups that have made the 2020 shortlist.

The 25 are based in Germany, Britain, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden. Seven of the nominees are from Britain, including SoluBlue, which provides a ‘plant-based, non-toxic alternative to plastic packaging that can transform the shelf life of food’.

“With continued calls for a green economic recovery, there has never been a more vital time to support those working to tackle some of the world’s biggest environmental challenges. I am astounded by the calibre of this year’s shortlist for Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge and look forward to finding out more about these promising entrepreneurs ahead of the final in September,” said Clara Govier, managing director at People’s Postcode Lottery.

Five finalists will be named in September. All five will walk away with a share of the €1 million pot, with the winner bagging €500,000.

In 2019 the €500k overall winner was Swedish Algae Factory, an early stage company selling ‘high-tech silica shells’ as a sustainable alternative material to harmful chemicals used in solar cells and personal care products.

Check out the 2020 nominees.

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Susan Robertson
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Susan is the co-founder of Innovators Magazine and a consultant for OnePoint5 Media. Susan is also a member of the UNFCCC-led Resilience Frontiers Nexus group and a board member of the APOPO Foundation UK.

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