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Why apply?

CONNECTIONS

Track Winners will get customized coaching sessions by our experts & personal introductions with relevant investors & potential partners and clients.

Connect with leading industry experts, investors, accelerators & fellow entrepreneurs.

Become part of the Deep Tech Pioneers community & get all-year access to a global deep tech ecosystem to receive business and funding opportunities.

VISIBILITY

Receive the Deep Tech Pioneer recognition & get a chance to be featured in our reports and invited to speak at future events.

Opportunities to pitch or showcase in front of a curated audience of renowned industry leaders & investors.

Get spotted by international media, with interview opportunities.

FUNDING

€100K Grand Prize, €30K 2nd prize and €20K 3rd prize – all equity-free, no strings attached.

Advertise your open fundraising opportunities to our active international investor network

A dedicated Investor Day for 1-on-1 meetings with 200+ renowned VCs and CVCs.

TIMELINE

June 14th 2022

Applications Open

Start of the 8th edition of the Hello Tomorrow Global Challenge!

Have a deep tech startup or project that uses advanced technology to answer a societal or industrial challenge?

June – October 2022

Challenge Q&A Sessions

Got burning questions about the Challenge?

Curious to find out more about the prizes or hear from previous participants? Join one of our online Ask Me Anything sessions.

Subscribe to our The Core for Startups newsletter or follow us on Linkedin to get notified about the dates of the next sessions.

Are you based in Asia-Pacific?

A single application to both our APAC and Global Challenges

Get extra opportunities to pitch at our APAC Challenge Finals in early October, win a S$30K equity-free grant and many more! Discover more here

Not based in APAC? Don’t worry, you can still apply to the Global Challenge.

October 7th 2022

Applications Close

Deadline to apply to the Hello Tomorrow Global Challenge!

Submit your application (applications closed) before October 7th at 11.59PM Pacific time in order to be considered for the Global Challenge. We receive a lot of applications and are on a tight schedule, so we, unfortunately, cannot offer extensions for submissions

November 2022

Deep Tech Pioneers Selected

The best deep tech startups are selected!

The most promising startups, hand-picked by our jury, will be invited to join our Deep Tech Pioneers community.

Deep Tech Pioneers are invited to attend the Hello Tomorrow Global Summit (March 9-10th, 2023), get exclusive access to the Investor Day and benefit from extra perks all year round like connections with VCs & corporates and business opportunities, among others.

More info about the Deep Tech Pioneers community here

January 10th 2023

Finalists Announced

Announcing 70 startup finalists who will take center stage at the Hello Tomorrow Global Summit

Finalists will pitch on the Pioneers Stage in front of a jury of experts, industry leaders, investors & journalists.

All other selected Deep Tech Pioneers will still have the chance to demo their solution and network with VCs and corporates attending.

March 8th 2023

Investor Day

Meet with 150 deep tech investors. Previous participants include VCs from all over the world. Atomico, DCVC, Lowercarbon Capital, Breakthrough Energy Ventures, SOSV, Sofinnova, Gilde Healthcare, IQ Capital, and many more were joined by CVCs from leading companies such as ABB, Airbus, Bouygues, Merck, Samsung, Solvay, Total, etc.

You’ll be able to plan up to fifteen 30 minute meetings to connect with relevant investors.

March 9th-10th

Global Summit

Meet the enablers who will take your technology to the next level

Taking place in person in Paris, the Global Summit welcomes thousands of the most relevant deep tech actors each year. 

The Grand Finals of the Global Challenge happens here. Finalists pitch in front of an audience and an expert jury as they compete to win.

Selected Deep Tech Pioneers also have a chance to demo their solution and build connections with experts, industry leaders, investors, accelerators/incubators and fellow deep tech founders.

Our 2023 Finalists

Revealing our finalists developing disrupting innovations across all industries

Explore the tabs to discover our finalists for each track

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AEROSPACE

Our selected finalists are:

  • Share my Space (France) – Building and operating a network of ground-based sensors to provide a complete mapping of orbital objects.
  • Manta Aircraft (Italy) – Developing a multi-purpose aerial platform of hybrid-electric eV/STOL air vehicles with high performance and energy-efficiency. possibilities.
  • Aliena (Singapore) – Electric propulsion engines to allow satellites to fly closer to Earth, and provide high-resolution data.
  • Undefined Technologies (USA) – Developing a next-generation, all-electric, silent drone powered by ion propulsion.
  • Nanostine (Spain) – Designing a new way of coating surfaces with nanoparticles to improve their performance.
  • SCOUT Space (USA) – Building the first in-space observation systems to safeguard orbital infrastructure.

ADVANCED COMPUTING & ELECTRONICS

Our selected finalists are:

  • Swave Photonics (Belgium) – Holographic extended reality projection chips delivering life-like, high-resolution 3D images, viewable with the naked eye.
  • WeLinQ (France) – Enabling quantum computing by interconnecting quantum processors to increase their computational power.
  • Scantinel Photonics (Germany) – Delivering integrated, flexible and modular LiDAR systems to propel autonomous mobility.
  • Xinterra (Singapore) – Developing new materials in record time using an AI system powered by high throughput experimentation tools.
  • QustomDot (Belgium) – Bringing unmatched colors to microLED technology through quantum dot color conversion.
  • Atlantic Quantum (USA) – Building a new type of processor that will help to eliminate the barriers to quantum computing.

INDUSTRY 4.0 & AUTONOMOUS MACHINES

Our selected finalists are:

  • Lightcode Photonics (Estonia)  – Building a software-defined 3D camera for autonomous mobility and smart city applications.
  • Deeper Pulse (France) – Optiziming and automating the design of electric motors and space thrusters.
  • Theker Robotics  (Spain)  – Developing advanced microelectronic soldering and desoldering technology for the electronics and semiconductor industries.
  • Nobula (Sweden) – Enabling true 3D printing of complex glass produts for microfluidics, optics and electronic packaging.
  • Qlayers (Netherlands) Creating unique, environmentally friendly robotic solutions for coating large industrial surfaces
  • Touch Sensity (France) Making materials sensitive to mechanical physical interactions, in real time, without using sensors.

SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION & INFRASTRUCTURE

Our selected finalists are:

  • Strong by Form (Chile) – A high-performance, freeform timber-based composite to replace concrete, steel, and aluminium for the built environment.
  • Mykor (UK)  – Transforming cellulosic waste and fungi into sustainable building materials.
  • Caeli Energi (France) – Designing low-carbon and energy-efficient air conditioning systems.
  • BioZeroc (UK)  – Creating cement-free concrete through biotechnology.
  • Peafowl Plasmonics (Sweden)  – Transparent solar cells empowering the next generation of IoT devices to enable mass deployment.
  • Made of Air (Germany) – Taking carbon dioxide from the air, utilising it for manufactured goods that replace fossil-based plastics or high-emission materials.

ENERGY

SUPPORTED BY

Our selected finalists are: 

  • Sweetch Energy (France) – Developing a system based on bio-sourced membranes to exploit osmotic power and harness it as an energy solution.
  • Reverion (Germany) – Designing reversible, CO2-negative power plants that convert biogas or hydrogen into electricity and produce green hydrogen or methane.
  • Sakowin Green Energy (France) – Producing sustainable hydrogen and solid carbon from biomethane or natural gas.
  • Basquevolt (Spain) – Building new solid-state battery technology leveraging a proprietary polymer composite electrolyte.
  • Genomines (France) – Unlocking additional sustainable nickel supply using genetically enhanced hyperaccumulating plants.
  • Ionate (UK) – Developing a new device to replace traditional transformers and enable resilient, flexible power grids.
  • CalWave Power Technologies (USA) – Wave-energy converter technology to produce electricity, operating below the ocean’s surface.

ENVIRONMENT

SUPPORTED BY

Our selected finalists are:

  • Ucaneo Biotech (Germany) – Cell-free system leveraging a biocatalytic membrane to capture CO2 from the air.
  • Saltyco (UK) – Developing a plant-based alternative to goose down and synthetic fillers.
  • Aquafortus Technologies (New Zealand) – Treating wastewater using non-thermal recovery and crystallization technology to produce clean water and crystallized salts.
  • BluumBio (USA) – Developing new enzyme-based products that can remove harmful chemicals from contaminated soil and water.
  • Solv8 Technology (Singapore) – Nanofiltration system performing heat-free chemical separations and recycling chemical waste.
  • SGMA (UK) –  Leveraging silica sand to provide a sustainable alternative to plastic.
  • New Iridium (USA) – Decarbonizing the chemical industry by using photosynthesis-inspired technology to produce low-carbon chemicals.

FOOD & AGRICULTURE

Our selected finalists are:

  • Ivu Biologics (USA) – Developing microbial seed coatings to help improve soil health and crop yields.
  • Unibaio (Argentina) – Biodegradable nano-encapsulation technology designed to significantly reduce the need of harmful chemicals in agriculture.
  • MicroMGx (USA) – Harnessing microbial chemistry to create more effective and sustainable natural products.
  • Sibö   (Netherlands) – Using a unique isolation technology and data science to predict the best uses out of billions of insect protein combinations.
  • Kosmode Health Singapore (Singapore) – Triple technology platform valorising agri-food waste into sustainable ingredients for food development.
  • Tensorfield Agriculture (USA) – Semi-autonomous robots that control weed growth using a pioneering ‘thermal micro-dosing’ method.

INDUSTRIAL BIOTECH & NEW MATERIALS

Our selected finalists are:

  • Colipi (Germany) – Leveraging bacterial fermentation to transform captured carbon into oils and proteins.
  • Dropel (USA) – Regenerating proteins from agricultural waste into new and versatile bio-plastics and textile fibers.
  • SEPPURE (Singapore) – Developing a chemical-resistant nanofiltration technology that can separate chemicals and recover solvents without heat.
  • Sóliome (USA) – Producing the first sunscreen derived from common human metabolites.
  • DePoly (Switzerland) – Converting all PET plastic items into virgin grade raw materials without any additional heat or pressure.
  • Impossible Materials (Switzerland) – Designing plant-based ingredients to enable safe, sustainable products.
  • AtomICs (USA) – Revolutionizing data storage and processing by harnessing ubiquitous small molecules.

Digital Health & Medical Devices

Our selected finalists are:

  • Floating Genes (France) – Developing early cancer detection and monitoring tools from liquid biopsies.
  • Gense Technologies (Hong Kong)  – Creating a portable medical imaging device for home-based preventive screening and chronic disease monitoring.
  • Breath of Health (Israel)  – An affordable, AI-powered, breath-based diagnostics platform for screening tests of non-communicable diseases.
  • UBT (Italy)  – Designing a novel microwave-based imaging technology to provide safe breast cancer screening to the masses.
  • LIQID Medical (South Africa)  – Pioneering ‘oculosubarachnoid shunting’, with devices to overcome the challenges of existing glaucoma therapies.
  • iLoF (UK)  – Building a cloud-based library of disease biomarkers and biological profiles to cut the time and cost of drug discovery.

MEDICAL BIOTECH & PHARMACEUTICALS

Our selected finalists are:

  • LoValTech (France) – Intranasal vaccines that activate mucosal immunity and kill the pathogen as it enters via the nasal route.
  • Braizon Therapeutics (Japan) – Designing targeted intravenous therapies for neurological diseases.
  • Kolibri (France)  – Combining cutting edge techniques in acoustics and biology to unlock the cell culture revolution.
  • Arjuna Therapeutics (Spain) – Developing a platform of entirely novel cancer molecules to address cancers without treatments.
  • MediSieve (UK) – Enabling the removal of infected cells, pathogens, toxins, or even viruses directly from a patient’s bloodstream.
  • Allogenica (France)  – Developing an emerging class of blood cancer therapy that is more affordable and accessible.

EXTRA CORPORATE TRACK: UNLOCKING THE CO2 CIRCULAR ECONOMY BY ORANO

Our selected finalists are:

  • Reverion (Germany) – Designing reversible, CO2-negative power plants that convert biogas or hydrogen into electricity and produce green hydrogen or methane.
  • enaDyne (Germany) – Converting CO2 and a hydrogen source into sustainable chemicals and e-fuels in a single process step.
  • Ucaneo Biotech GmbH  (Germany)  – Cell-free system leveraging a biocatalytic membrane to capture CO2 from the air.
  • Parallel Carbon (UK)  – New direct air capture technology that leverages existing supply chains and permanently stores CO2.
  • ecoLocked  (Germany) – Decarbonizing construction using novel recipes for concrete and other building materials.
  • Osmoses (USA)  – Tackling energy waste and CO2 emissions through a transformative membrane separation technology.

Previous Winners

Winners & finalists have gone on to raise more than $2B

Discover the 2021 winners

Thanks to the credibility and increased visibility from the Global Challenge, we’ve raised $1.5M right after and been able to scale up, join a famous accelerator in China and create a 2nd generation of our scanner.

ADEBAYO ALONGE, CEO & CO-FOUNDER OF RXALL

Atlant 3D Nanosystems, Denmark

A revolutionary atomic layer 3D printing technology.

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Agora Energy Technologies, Canada

A CO2 redox flow battery: grid scale battery technology sequestering CO2.

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RxAll, Nigeria/USA

A portable nanoscanner to detect fake drugs in real-time.

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Saathi, India

Biodegradable sanitary pads made from banana fibre.

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Lilium, Germany

Electric, vertical take-off and landing aircrafts.

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Dendra Systems (previously Biocarbon Engineering), UK

Mass reforestation using automated drones

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Onward (Previously GTX Medical), Switzerland

Implant therapy to make paralyzed people walk again.

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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, industry specialists, successful deep tech entrepreneurs and renowned VCs, to select the best startups in each industry track. Below are some of the jury members from the 2021 edition.

Challenge eligibility

Am I eligible to apply?

We welcome startups that are:

  • In the early-stage of development or the beginning of their commercialization phase (up to series A)
  • Based on a new technology, a scientific discovery or a complex engineering process
  • Addressing an industrial, societal or environmental unmet need or creating a new market
  • Composed of a team of at least 2 people
  • Not a subsidiary or spin-off of an existing company

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