“The world must embrace a new, greener lifestyle. One bright idea can make a big difference. To encourage and aid the invention of great new green products and services, the Dutch Postcode Lottery presents the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2011.”
The grand prize of 500K Euros (~$720 USD) is a good chunk of would be capital for aspiring startups. The criteria is that the start up be working towards technologies and services that have the potential to radically reduce carbon emissions.
Past jurors have included Sir Richard Branson and President Bill Clinton, and grant recipients have come from all over the world. US Startups, including last year’s winner One Earth Designs, have been successful in the past.
Just because you haven’t heard of it yet, doesn’t mean you should ignore it. Now you do know, and unlike spending money on the lottery, filling out the application for the grant will help crystalize your pitch for other investors you should be reaching out to already.
Go ahead… what are you waiting for? Apply… and encourage other US entrepreneurs to explore it.