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Five sustainable ideas compete for 500,000 euro

Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2010 finalists announced

Amsterdam, 7 September 2010
– Five sustainability entrepreneurs will compete as finalists for the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2010 grand prize. The preliminary jury today selected the business plans of Arian Khamooshian and Teun Wagenaar, both of the Netherlands, Scot Frank and Jason Aramburu of the United States, and Gunawan Kusuma of Indonesia out of hundreds of entries from around the world. All five plans combine a market-focused approach with the goal of reducing CO2 emissions. On 23 September, one finalist will win 500,000 euro to bring his product or service to market. Alongside the grand prize, the jury will award a total of 200,000 euro to one or two runners-up.

Five ideas that bring a sustainable world closer
The Green Challenge preliminary jury chose the following finalists:

  • Dutchman Arian Khamooshian’s system for generating electricity using ocean wave movements;
  • American Scot Frank’s portable, affordable solar device that can be used to cook, heat and generate power;
  • Indonesian Gunawan Kusuma’s foldable maritime container, which takes up a quarter of the space of a conventional container;
  • Dutchman Teun Wagenaar’s window system that adjusts the intensity of incoming light and converts it to electricity;
  • American Jason Aramburu’s small, affordable kiln for producing charcoal from agricultural and animal waste.

Green Challenge finals
The finalists will present their ideas before a jury of renowned experts and an audience during the Deciding Round on 22 September. Following these presentations and a series of one-on-one interviews, the jury will choose a winner, whose name will be revealed at the Award Ceremony on 23 September. The Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2010 Deciding Round and Award Ceremony will take place at the cross-media event PICNIC at the Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam.

Jury
H.R.H. Prince Friso of Orange-Nassau is the honorary jury chair of the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2010. The other jurors are chair Liesbeth van Tongeren (GroenLinks), Sigrid van Aken (Dutch Postcode Lottery), Jim Walker (The Climate Group), Ian Marchant (Scottish and Southern Energy), Marty Pickett (Rocky Mountain Institute) and Kofi Nketsia-Tabiri (E+Co).

About the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge
The Postcode Lottery Green Challenge is a contest designed to encourage creative, innovative people working to bring sustainable products and services to market. The Dutch Postcode Lottery is hosting this global competition for the fourth time this year.

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More information (not for publication):
For more details about the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge or to register to attend the Deciding Round (22 September) or Award Ceremony (23 September), please contact us.

Whizpr
Tessa Weber / Inez Diepenbach / Loes ten Brummelhuis
T: +31 (0)317 410 483
E: greenchallenge(at)whizpr.nl

Dutch Postcode Lottery
Selma Hetharia
T: +31 (0)20 573 7465
E: selma.hetharia(at)postcodeloterij.nl