Win £20,000 for a post-graduate green idea

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Angus McKimmon, overall winner of the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge Scholarship in 2016

The People's Postcode Lottery has launched a scholarship programme for people with business ideas that will improve the environment

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13th February 2017 by Susan Smith 0 Comments

The Postcode Lottery Green Challenge scholarship is offering students up to £20,000 to tackle climate change with innovative business ideas.

The charity lottery venture provides prospective and current students at the Open University and Edinburgh University with the chance to secure funding for a postgraduate degree that will help lead to the development of a green themed business concept. 

At last year’s competition, in June 2016, entrepreneurs pitched their green themed concepts aimed at tackling climate change at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation.

Overall winner Angus McKimmon’s concept was to provide smart power solutions in the form of vehicle to grid and battery panels. 

Speaking after the announcement of his win, Angus said: "I'm absolutely overjoyed - and in shock! I'm so pleased to have taken part and can't wait to show the idea to even more of the ‘green’ community. Now I've been given the chance to study a full-time MBA at the University of Edinburgh Business School. My advice to any applicant next year is to just take your time, think everything through and do all your research!”

Sanjay Singh, Senior Programmes Manager, People’s Postcode Lottery said: “Green Challenge Scholarship is an amazing opportunity for such a huge range of students hoping to study at postgraduate level. Not only are the students advancing in their education but they’re coming up with fantastic ideas that will help both people and planet. We’d like to say a huge thank you to our players for making it happen.”

Chris Cox, vice principal philanthropy and advancement at The University of Edinburgh, said: “The University of Edinburgh is tremendously excited to be partnering with the People’s Postcode Lottery again to support the Green Challenge Scholarship project.

"Last year saw our students develop some remarkable ideas around sustainable business ventures, and the support of People’s Postcode Lottery has been invaluable in helping them undertake further study with us. The University is a sector leader in low carbon and sustainable business innovation, and we are delighted to continue our partnership with an organisation that so clearly shares our values and vison in this area.”

Simon Kelley, executive dean of The Open University (Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) said: “Thank you to the amazing players of People’s Postcode Lottery for helping to make this wonderful project happen.”

Anyone wishing to apply can visit www.postcodeearthtrust.org.uk/scholarship for more information or contact [email protected]