Postcode Lottery scholarships to help develop green businesses

Edinburgh and Open University students could land funding of up to £20k

The Postcode Lottery is offering Edinburgh and Open University students the chance to secure funding for postgraduate degrees which will help them develop ‘green-themed’ businesses.
Applications for the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge Scholarship – each of which is worth up to £20,000 – are only open to those planning to study with the University of Edinburgh or The Open University and close for stage one entries at 5pm on Monday, 27 March 2017.

At last year’s competition, in June 2016, ‘green’ innovators from across Great Britain became one step closer in pursuing their dreams thanks to winning one of the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge Scholarships.
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.
Overall winner Angus McKimmon’s concept was to provide smart power solutions in the form of vehicle to grid and battery panels.
He 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 of 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 vision 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.”

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