Search for green hero launches

Ashton Water

A GLOBAL competition in search of the next big carbon cutting innovation has been launched.

Now in its sixth year, the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge and its supporters, including entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson, are calling on North West inventors to step up to the competition and become Britain’s 2012 sustainable hero.

The contest is hoping to find great talent across Britain – and more importantly here in the North West – who will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions through their innovative sustainable business ideas.

Mark Menzies said the competition is a breath of fresh air for sustainable entrepreneurs on the search for funding.

He said: “I know there are a huge number of creative and green-thinking entrepreneurs out there in the North West. I would encourage anyone from the area with an invention to take a look at the competition and what it could do to help get their idea to market.”

The contest, which runs until the end of July, will see entrepreneurs from all over the world  submit business plans for products or services which are able to directly reduce CO2 emissions. Entries must be at the stage where they can be brought to market within two years. The winning concept will be awarded £400,000 (EUR 500,000) and invaluable support and guidance from leading industry experts to bring their product to the market.

Entrepreneurs are encouraged to step up to save the planet and log on to for more information and to download the application form, which must be submitted before 31 July 2012.

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