Green Challenge Scholarship Final 2016 Group Picture

In June 2016, ten ‘green’ innovators from across Great Britain became one step closer in pursuing their dreams thanks to winning a Postcode Lottery Green Challenge Scholarship.

The competition was open to prospective and current students hoping to pursue a postgraduate degree focussed on the development of a business concept that will help to reduce carbon emissions and harmful greenhouse gases.

In partnership with The University of Edinburgh and The Open University, the entrepreneurs pitched their 'green themed' concepts aimed at tackling climate change head on at the final held at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation.

The competition is a unique funding opportunity offering students the chance to win a scholarship to cover their postgraduate degree tuition fees. Judges heard an array of inspiring and creative ideas leading to all ten finalists being named as winners.

Overall winner Angus McKimmon’s concept is to provide smart power solutions in the form of vehicle to grid and battery panels. Angus secured himself a place to watch the international competition in Holland later this year:

"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 Masters in Business Administration 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!”

Finalists were joined on the day by Niki Charalampopoulou, Managing Director at food waste charity Feedback Global who explained what we can all do to help stop global food waste. Also there was Julie Prebble of Toast Ale – a social enterprise company that specialises in turning bread otherwise destined for the bin, into beer with all profits going to charity.


Here’s how the Green Challenge Scholarship 2016 story unfolded:

Applications will be open in September 2016 

If you have any questions about the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge Scholarship please contact Sanjay Singh on 0131 243 4950 or email: