A competition designed for

Deep-Tech Entrepreneurs


As a global not-for-profit created by deep tech entrepreneurs, our mission is to highlight, empower and connect the most promising deep-tech entreprises across the globe to accelerate the transfer of breakthrough technologies into real world solutions. We achieve this through the Hello Tomorrow Challenge, a different kind of startup competition that was designed to answer the needs of deep tech entrepreneurs.

THE TRACKS

We select the 50 best startups
in 10 industries


DATA & AI - ENERGY TRANSITION - ENVIRONMENT - FOOD & AGRICULTURE - WELLBEING - HEALTHCARE - INDUSTRY 4.0 - NEW MATERIALS - MOBILITY - AEROSPACE

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    New Materials byNew Materials

    Below, some examples of applications we are looking for. This list is not exhaustive!

    • SUSTAINABLE USE OF RESOURCES OR MATERIALS

      Functionalized biomolecules, bioconversions, tuning properties of fluids, advanced separation technologies, advanced recovery techniques, recycling

    • ACCELERATED ENERGY TRANSITION THROUGH SMART MATERIALS

      E-mobility, energy storage, heat management, solar, new battery chemistries, flow batteries, light-weighting solutions, composite materials, carbon-fiber based materials, carbon capture and usage

    • COATING AND PROCESSING IN INDUSTRY: HEALTH, WELLBEING, INFRASTRUCTURES, ETC.

      Self-healing, multi-functional coatings, noise reduction, functionalized membranes, single use applications, medical devices, bioprocessing, targeted/active delivery

    • MATERIALS ADAPTED TO THE MINIATURIZATION OF COMPONENTS

      Nano-materials, nanoscale production, stimuli-responsive, thermo/electroactive materials, sensor materials, haptic feedback

    • HIGH-PERFORMANCE MATERIALS FOR INTENSIFIED MANUFACTURING PROCESSES

      In-silico discovery of materials, big data, sensing systems in industrial environment, inline process analytics, predictive maintenance, industrial water treatment, zero-waste processes

    Keywords

    #Supramolecular #SelfAssembly #SelfHealing #Encapsulation #SmartMaterials #3DPrinting #Biopolymers #Surfactants #BioInspired #Biomaterials #Composites #CarbonFibers #Thermoset #Thermoplastic #HighPerformancePolymers #Nanomaterials #Piezoelectric #ElectroActive #RareEarths #Silica #SmartFabrics #Foams #SurfaceModification #Multifunctional #Membranes #Coatings

  • Below, some examples of applications we are looking for. This list is not exhaustive!

    • Measure and control the effects of time, environment & stressors

      On appearance, state of mind and human senses

    • Enhance appearance, improve emotional/affective or physical wellbeing

      Through transformative and sensing technologies

    • Explore the power of nature (bacteria, plants...)

      For beauty and wellbeing applications

    • Adapted innovations

      For the young, middle-aged and elderly people

    Keywords

    #IoT #SmartMaterials #Sensors #Nanotechnology #E-skins #Imaging #BigData #3DPrinting #3DScanning #Optics #Senescence #Nature-Tech #PreventativeHealth #A.I #CRISPR #Neurosignaling #EmotionalIntelligence #EmotionalWellbeing #LabOnaChip #Beauty #SmartCosmetics #Wellbeing

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    Food & Agriculture byFood & Agriculture

    Below, some examples of applications we are looking for. This list is not exhaustive!

    • New forms of food production and processing

      Systems, processes and infrastructure to meet growing needs and habits

    • Consumer-focused habits and services

      Innovating throughout the consumer value chain (from local farming to healthy eating)

    • Reduce the environmental impact of food production, distribution and consumption

      Environmentally-friendly agriculture (e.g. livestock footprint reduction, crop production, etc.)

    • Food safety and traceability

      Increase food safety and traceability for all populations (e.g. anti-counterfeiting, smarter expiry dates, etc.)

    • Smarter agriculture and resource management

      Better management of the production cycle: manuring future soils, precision agriculture, etc.

    Keywords

    #R&D #SmartFarming #UrbanAgriculture #VerticalFarms #DroneMonitoring #Seeds #FoodChain #CropProduction #Anti-counterfeiting #ExpiryDate #Planting #Harvesting #VerticalFarming #Agroecology #Agro-foresty #ConservationAgriculture #FoodSecurity #GHGemissions

  • Moving into the next era of computerization, artificial intelligence and digitalization

    • Efficient big data storage and processing

      Improving big data applications through enhanced algorithms, better data processing, or optimized storage

    • Artificial Intelligence: new models and applications

      Defining the future of cognitive sciences with models (e.g. data treatment techniques) and applications (e.g. robotics, automation)

    • Data collection, visualization and use

      Inventing new ways to collect, visualize and use data

    • IoT and ubiquitous sensing

      Creating a sensorized world and ways to interact with and within this world (e.g. real time imaging, connected environment etc.)

    • Application in transversal fields

      Finance (fintech), insurance (insurtech), education (edtech), communities at risk, decentralization (blockchain) etc.

    Keywords

    #A.I #BigData #Processing #E-finance #Computerization #Digitalization #PredictiveAnalytics #NLP #Robotics #CognitiveComputing #Edtech #Fintech #Insurtech #Blockchain #QuantumComputing #MachineLearning #DeepLearning #OpenData #DataTreatment #AutonomousVehicles #Cloud

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    Energy Transition byEnergy Transition

    Below, some examples of applications we are looking for. This list is not exhaustive!

    • Grid Parity: cheaper and more reliable renewables

      Competitive power generation, including renewables and new forms of energy generation

    • Efficient and Flexible Operations

      Reveal consumption flexibility: responsive and efficient energy consumption, from operational flexibility to supply chain optimisation

    • Demand-Side Management

      Adapt and value consumption flexibility to accommodate intermittent electricity supply

    • Resilient energy vectors for storage

      Daily or seasonal resilient storage solutions: empowering new forms of energy storage

    • Sharing local energy and implementing smart grids

      Micro-grids and personalized energy solutions for a decentralized power generation

    Keywords

    #Solar #Wind #Geothermal #Hydropower #Bioenergies #RenewableEnergy #OceanPower #Nuclear #Storage #Air #Hydrogen #Geothermy #MicroGrids #Energy #PowerGeneration #Batteries #Miniaturization #Renewables #EnergyStorage #SolarPV

  • Below, some examples of applications we are looking for. This list is not exhaustive!

    • Improve air quality through monitoring & adaptive solutions

      Improve air quality in both indoor and outdoor surroundings, on either a local or global scale.

    • Manage water resources efficiently

      Use tailored connectivity solutions to monitor water quality and reduce water consumption

    • Inventive forms of water treatment solutions

      Inventing new ways to treat water (e.g. desalination, carbon filtering, water ecosystems, etc.). Innovative solutions for clean water access in developing countries

    • General and organic waste valorization

      New forms of waste management and valorization for a circular economy and a sustainable future

    • Symbiosis between man and nature: innovations for a sustainable and equitable balance

      Preventive and curative solutions for fighting natural disasters and improving symbiosis between humans and the natural world.

    Keywords

    #EnvironmentalEngineering #Data #Sensors #EffluentMonitoring #WaterSanitation #Desalination #BrineManagement #Waterwaste #Detection #Treatment #WaterCleaning #AlgalBloom #Compost #Biogas #Biofuel #BacterialResistance #GHG #TotalAirManagement #Biocarbon #ReverseDeforestation

  • Below, some examples of applications we are looking for. This list is not exhaustive!

    • Devices and systems for targeted diagnostics

      Cure diseases through targeted diagnostic devices and systems

    • Efficient and less invasive drugs

      Research and development for new drugs that can be taken more easily, broadly and efficiently

    • Artificial processes and compounds for biological integration

      Metabolic technologies for medicine: create the bond between biological and engineered bodies

    • Smart systems and robots for healthcare services

      Use automation to assist human doctors with surgery, provide diagnostics and other applications

    • Devices, systems and treatments for personalized medicine

      Develop personalized medicine through the use of data (digital medical society) and innovative processes

    Keywords

    #Medtech #Biotech #SyntheticBiology #NeuroTechnologies #CancerTreatment #Robotics #BigData #Sensors #Prosthetics #Drugs #Microfluidics #Microbiome #3DVisualization #DataAnalytics #Bionics #Genomics #Wearapeutics #Implantables #A.I #3DPrinting #CorticalInterface #Immunology

  • Assembling the Factory of the Future through new technologies and systems. Below, some examples of applications we are looking for. This list is not exhaustive!

    • Adaptive, evolving & smart manufacturing systems

      Ressource efficient devices and tools for production lines.(except titanium forming process, our industry is not so heavy in term of resource consumption however agility / flexibility and adaptive production means are key points for us, autonomy sensors. Part tracking (including geo localization)

    • Cyber-Physical Systems in Manufacturing

      Cybersecurity, Remote monitoring, real-time sensing, IoT, digital factory, augmented/virtual reality, etc..) Cyber-physical ecosystem for industry (e.g. IoT, augmented reality, virtual reality, etc.) IoT & security – access management. Cloud based platform.

    • New technologies and intelligent manufacturing for the physical space

      Physical machines, systems and infrastructures for industry (e.g. Robotics, 3D printing, etc.), cobot (augmented human operator, exo-skeleton), automatic guided vehicles (AGV), 3D printing data flow securization (impact on logistic flows as well).

    • Innovative process manufacturing

      New technologies, intelligent manufacturing system, tools & equipment for competitive plants, supply chain management, etc.. Environmental footprint, work force efficiency, supply chain safety and security, assembly automation, inspection automation, traceability (configuration management)

    Keywords

    #SmartFactory #CyberFactory #ConnectedFactory #Robotics #3Dprinting #ArtificialIntelligence #FactoryoftheFuture #IntelligentManufacturing #E-factory #AugmentedReality #VirtualReality #Automation #IoT #MachineLearning #Sensors

  • Below, some examples of applications we are looking for. This list is not exhaustive!

    • New solutions for shared mobility and commuting experiences

      Inventing ways to lean towards shared mobility and better door-to-door traveller experience

    • Cleaner transportation means and uses

      Developing ways for cleaner transportation, leveraging new forms of power retention and distribution

    • Inventive means of transportation & mobility

      Breakthrough solutions for transportation

    • New city dynamism: connectivity, congestion, livability and urbanization

      Building an optimized ecosystem to reduce traffic congestion, parking difficulties and improve megacities of the future

    Keywords

    #IntelligentTransportSystems #Batteries #PowerSystems #NewEnergies #Electrification #On-demandMobility #ComputerVision #LocalGrids #Networks #Algorithms #Human-Machine #VTOL #ZeroEmissions #VerticalTakeoffandLanding #EV #ElectricVehicles #Drones #Pods #HybridSystems #Flyingcars #TNC #Self-DrivingCars #PersonalRapidTransit

  • Master the Skies and beyond. Below, some examples of applications we are looking for. This list is not exhaustive!

    • Earth and space exploration

      Earth observation, geo-intelligence, near-earth asteroid mining, interplanetary spaceflight, future space tourism

    • Aerospace design, testing and operations

      Digital thread, digital twin, co-design with suppliers, simulation & emulation, virtual and physical testing, product lifecycle management, predictive maintenance (weak signal maintenance/incident monitoring), modularity design. Retex on analytics for building design rules and principles (machine learning). V/A reality capabilities are enablers for improving design and inspection phases

    • Business model and value chain evolutions

      New service offerings, ancillary revenues, block chain, supply “systems”, collaborative ways of working, simple contract management and ease of financial relationships, customer support chat-bot solutions, artificial intelligence for customer loyalty, Competitive/Business intelligence platform

    • Personalized air travel

      Bringing aerial transportation means to everyone (VTOL, flying cars, etc.)

    • Future of flight

      Passenger experience, virtual reality, future cabin, flexible cabin layout, reconfiguration, personalized air travel, air traffic management solutions, cyber security, on-demand fleet availability operations management (e.g. Voom), connected aircraft & flight data analytics, human factors safety risk management, distributed electrical propulsion, etc.

    Keywords

    #VTOL #FlyingCars #Drones #UAVs #AirTrafficManagement #Sensors #Electronics #Robotics #Spaceflight #Rocket #Launcher #SatelliteImaging #OrbitalPlacement #SpaceTourism #PersonalizedAircrafts #EnergyManagement #SharedMobility #Driverless #FlyingCar #Nano-satellites #DigitalThread #DigitalTwin #SmartTesting #LifecycleManagement #FlyingExperience #FutureCabin #InflightServices #Connectivity #VirtualReality #AutonomousVehicles #NanoSatellites

PRIZES

Funds - Connections - Visibility 

Hello Tomorrow makes sure that all applicants benefit from the Challenge experience, while ensuring the creation of a global deep-tech ecosystem across the world. 

  • ONE €100K GRAND PRIZE

    For the best early-stage startup - Equity-free, no strings attached - Powered by BNP Paribas

  • TEN €15K TRACK PRIZES

    For the best early-stage startup in each track - Equity free, no strings attached - Powered by our track partners

  • TEN KEYNOTES ON THE MAIN STAGE OF THE HELLO TOMORROW GLOBAL SUMMIT

    For the best series A Startups, to follow the path of Hello Tomorrow speakers (e.g. Michael Bloomberg, Demis Hassabis, CTO of NASA, etc.)

  • EXCLUSIVE ACCESS TO THE HELLO TOMORROW INVESTOR DAY - October 25th

    For the best 50 startups of each track - A full day of one-on-one meetings with more than 200 leading international investors - Seed & Series A - Atomico, Sofinnova, Accel, Index, Lakestar, Flagship, Breakout Labs, Novo, Point Nine, Ecomachine Ventures

  • EXCLUSIVE ACCESS TO THE HELLO TOMORROW GLOBAL SUMMIT - October 26th & 27th

    Schedule meetings with hundreds of C-level industrial leaders - Showcase your product in a dedicated room - Pitch in front of a curated audience

  • MEETINGS, ARTICLES & INTERVIEWS WITH INTERNATIONAL MEDIA
  • WORLDWIDE PUBLICATION OF A GLOBAL TOP 500 DEEP-TECH STARTUP LIST

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Investor day

One full day to connect with 300 investors


Top 500 startups are invited to join the exclusive investor day to meet with the leading seed and early-stage VCs.
Contact baptiste.fevre@hello-tomorrow.org for more information.

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Timeline

Milestones of the 2017 edition

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JURY MEMBERS

Get hand-picked by the best

Hello Tomorrow has set up an international and interdisciplinary committee of leading scientists, industrial specialists, successful deep-tech entrepreneurs and renowned VC, to select the best startups in each industry track.

Geoffrey Von Maltzhan

Partner

Flagship Pioneering

Nathaniel David

Venture Partner

Arch Ventures

  • Obi Felten

    Moonshots

    X (former Google [X])

  • Ilian Iliev

    Managing Partner

    Ecomachine Ventures

  • Christine Gould

    Head of Innovation

    Syngenta

  • Olivier Oullier

    Head of Global Healthcare Strategy

    World Economic Forum

  • Hemai Parthasarathy

    Scientific Director

    Breakout Labs

  • Arnault Gournac

    Innovation Director

    Carrefour

  • Sophie Heller

    COO, Retail Banking & Services

    BNP Paribas

  • Ulrich Betz

    Innovation Director

    Merck

  • Gilles Colas des Francs

    Head of Incubator Program

    Michelin

  • Emmanuelle Coutenceau

    Investment Director

    Novo Seeds

  • Romain Lavault

    General Partner

    Partech Ventures

  • Mark Schmitz

    Partner

    Lakestar

And many more...

Previous Finalists

Raised more than $120M


Take these amazing entrepreneurs as examples of what can be achieved through the Hello Tomorrow Challenge.

 

"The Hello Tomorrow Challenge gave us the unique opportunity to interact with start-ups from all over the world as well as with top-level investors and corporate companies. I would highly recommend the competition to any start-up wanting to go global!"
CEO, Novagray - 2016 Healthcare Winner

 

G-THERAPEUTICS SWITZERLAND

Implant therapy to make paralyzed people walk again

2014 Grand Prize Winner

"Hello Tomorrow was one of the best things that happened to us"


Gregoire Courtine, President

Raised €35M after the Global Summit

BIOCARBON ENGINEERING UK

Mass reforestation using automated drones

2015 Grand Prize Winner

"We found our lead investor at the Global Summit"


Lauren Fletcher, CEO

Undisclosed investment from Parrot after the Summit

LILIUM AVIATION GERMANY

Solar Vertical Take-off and Landing aircrafts

2016 Grand Prize Winner

"The only event, which really helps deep-tech start-ups"


Patrick Nathen, CEO

Raised €10M after the Global Summit

Eligibility CRITERIA

Am I eligible to apply?


Hello Tomorrow aims to empower ALL deep-tech projects around the world. We therefore have set up the broadest, yet fairest, rules for projects in all stages of development.

  • Your project is in its early-stage of development (seed or Series A)

    We also accept projects that are about to be spinned-out from academic labs as long as they have a strong proof of concept

  • Your project is based on a scientific discovery, an advanced technology, a complex engineering process or an innovative application of an existing technology

  • Your project could solve an industrial, societal or environmental unmet need or create a new market

  • Your are a team of at least 2 working on the project

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