An international competition is seeking startups with innovations that can combat climate change.

The five best startups in the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge will bag a share of €1million, with top spot worth €500,000. A startup from Rwanda called EarthEnable, co-founded by Gayatri Datar (pictured), for its ‘sustainable alternative cement’ won last year and the 2018 instalment is now open for applications.

“Now in its twelfth year, Postcode Lottery Green Challenge provides green entrepreneurs and start-ups with an incredible opportunity to put their sustainable business plan forward for the chance to win significant funding to help bring their idea to life. Each year, it’s hugely inspiring to see the diverse range of creative and innovative environmental ideas and the positive difference they could have on our environment,” said Clara Govier, People’s Postcode Lottery’s Head of Charities and Deputy Managing Director.

The top five will pitch at a grand final event in Amsterdam this September to a panel of global experts.

“We are being confronted with the consequences of climate change around the world. At the Postcode Lottery, we are working towards a green and just world. We do so by supporting charities, but also by giving start-ups with amazing green innovations a boost. With the prize money and our global platform, we want to help them move forward. I look forward to this year’s entries,” added Marieke van Schaik, Managing Director of the National Postcode Lottery, jury member and co-founder of Green Challenge.

Apply by 1 June with a business plan for a chance to win one of the top prizes.