cash prizes


raised by past finalists

Why apply?


Winners get 1-to-1 coaching & personal introductions with potential investors, partners and clients.

Connect with industry experts, investors & fellow entrepreneurs at our Global Summit.

Join our Deep Tech Pioneers community for all-year access to a global network.


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

Pitch or showcase opportunities in front of renowned industry leaders & investors.

Get spotted by international media, with interview opportunities.


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

Advertise your open fundraising to our active international investor network.

Join our Investor Day for 1-on-1 meetings with 150+ renowned VCs and CVCs.


June 7th 2023

Applications Open

Start of the 9th edition of the Hello Tomorrow Global Challenge!

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


June – September 2023 – Q&A sessions

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 below.

June 22nd, 2023

July 10th, 2023

September 13th, 2023

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.

September 22nd 2023

Applications Close

Deadline to apply to the Hello Tomorrow Global Challenge!

Submit your application before September 22nd at 11.59PM Pacific time in order to be considered for the Global Challenge.

November 2023

Deep Tech Pioneers 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 21st-22nd, 2024), get exclusive access to our Investor Day (March 20th, 2024) 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 16th 2024

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 400 people and 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 20th 2024

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 21st-22nd 2024

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 Global Challenge Finals happens here. Finalists pitch in front of an audience of 400 and an expert jury as they compete to win.

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

Our 2023 Tracks

Looking for the best early-stage deep tech startups across industries & technologies

Explore the tabs to discover more about the different tracks




Journeying through the skies and to outer space

  • Greener propulsion technologies
    -Improved fuel-efficiency, propulsion technologies using renewable energy, etc.
  • Improved manufacturing & materials for the aerospace industry
    -Manufacturing & maintenance solutions
    -Advanced materials and innovative equipment
  • Autonomous operations & other innovative systems for the benefit of pilots, traffic controllers and technicians
    -Including communication or security-enabling technologies
  • Drones/UAV technologies
    -For transportation of cargo and/or people, monitoring or other innovative uses
  • New solutions for better aircraft passenger experience
  • Earth observation & connectivity
    -Micro- and nano-satellite constellations, etc.
    -Collection and analysis of data to map, monitor and track
  • Satellite maintenance, deorbiting technologies and handling of space debris
  • Space exploration & enabling life on the Moon and Mars
    -Manned and unmanned interplanetary spaceflight, near-earth asteroid mining, space research
    -Air & water recycling and food production in low gravity



Bringing the best out of the binary world while anticipating the quantum revolution

  • Hardware technologies supporting the sustainable development of the binary world
    -From new electronic components to energy-efficient data center systems
  • Quantum systems
    -Building the bricks of quantum computing
  • Electronics & photonics
    -Nano- and micro-technologies powering a faster and greener digital world
  • New semiconductor materials or technologies that improve semiconductor manufacturing processes
    -Wide-band Gap Semiconductors, Thermal Interface materials, etc.
  • Connectivity & communication systems and devices
    -Secure, energy-efficient and innovative communication systems and network technologies
  • Data Science: storage, processing and analysis
    -Software and hardware technologies to collect, store and process data
  • Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning
    -Breakthrough AI models and AI specific hardware, Edge AI, Generative AI
  • Cybersecurity & data privacy
    -Modern technologies to protect sensitive data & digital identity and fight cybercrime
  • Electronic consumer devices of the future (e.g. AR/VR, wearables)


Harnessing the power of machines for sustainable growth

  • Green factories
    • Cleaner, safer, energy-efficient and effective manufacturing processes
  • IIoT & ubiquitous sensing
    • IoT devices and technologies for industrial environments
  • Symbiosis between humans & machines
    • Collaborative environments and improving human workers’ safety & efficiency
    • Human Machine Interfaces (AR/VR, holographic, haptic, etc.)
  • Robotics designed to facilitate industrial environments or people’s everyday life
  • Breakthrough solutions for the transportation of goods and people
    • Autonomous & connected solutions on land, water or below
  • Improving safety and environmental footprint in the transport sector
    • Electric vehicles and other green mobility solutions
    • New ways of preventing accidents and protecting people
  • Virtual & data-driven systems for industry
    • Modelization, simulation and automation systems to improve production, maintenance and security


New materials and technologies to improve the sustainability, security and productivity of the construction & infrastructure industry

  • Zero-waste and low carbon construction
    • Energy-efficient and carbon-neutral architecture, infrastructure and construction techniques
    • Advanced or sustainable building materials with improved properties, or high resource efficiency
    • Transforming waste to recycled or upcycled construction materials
  • Applied technologies to improve productivity
    • Robotics, digital twin, 3D printing, VR/AR etc.
    • Advanced data analytics and the application of digital technologies
  • Protecting construction workers health and improving overall on site safety
  • Breakthrough technologies and materials driving circularity and supply chain efficiency
    • Design for efficient disassembly, reuse and recycling
    • New materials with embedded traceability, recyclability or high material recoverability at end-of-life


Facilitating a low-carbon energy transition

  • Clean and reliable forms of energy generation
    • Developing new means of generating low-carbon and renewable electricity
    • Providing alternative and low-carbon fuels
    • Fostering circularity of energy (waste heat, multiple energy harvesting)
  • Energy storage & materials
    • From systems powering our day-to-day lives to large and long duration scale
  • Optimizing supply of key materials and consumption of energy
    • Providing smart and energy-efficient solutions to manage energy
    • Scaling recycling of key materials and systems
  • Off-grid and microgrid solutions
    • Decentralized power generation and distribution



Prevention, repair and mitigation of human impact & regenerating the environment

  • Water, waste and natural resources management
    • Monitor water quality, reduce water consumption & improve wastewater treatment
    • Treat and upcycle waste
    • Sustainable management of land and sea resources
  • Mitigating pollution and restoring a healthy environment
    • Measure and monitor pollution levels and decontaminate polluted ecosystems
    • Regenerate soils and seas
  • Tackling global environmental issues
    • Solutions for carbon capture and carbon removal
    • Valorization and utilization of CO2 and GHG as feedstocks for the bioeconomy
    • Mitigating climate change
  • Preserving and restoring biodiversity
    • Ecosystem restoration including transforming marine and terrestrial biodiversity
    • The use of data, Earth observation imagery, or DNA-based tools, e.g. environmental DNA (eDNA), for inventory and monitoring


Feeding the Earth’s population while protecting our planet

  • Precision agriculture and animal husbandry
    • Mobilizing data acquisition and analytics to monitor, understand, and act on farming and rearing
    • Empowering farmers for resources management
  • Regenerative crops and farming
    • Improving soil health and overall biodiversity
    • Reducing GHG emissions through carbon sequestration and nitrogen management
    • Substituting/reducing the use of pesticides and other hazardous chemicals
    • Engineering crops for improved yield, pest resistance, and nutritional value
  • Alternative food and feed production
    • Developing new ingredients to leverage for food and nutraceuticals (alternative proteins, functional foods…)
    • Developing modern ways of production with reduced carbon footprint (cellular agriculture, precision fermentation…)
  • Food safety & supply chain
    • Improving food production, processing, distribution and quality
    • Limiting and upcycling food and agricultural waste
    • Ensuring transparency and traceability throughout the supply chain



Designing renewable and advanced materials, compounds and catalysts that benefit our industries & society

  • Cellular factories, cell-free manufacturing & products thereof
    • Organisms (natural or engineered) for the production of high-value materials, compounds & catalysts
    • Bio-based compounds and materials
    • The application of biocatalysts and enzymes
  • Treating waste with recycling, circular or novel biodegradation technologies
    • Biological processes for recycling or upcycling waste streams
    • Bioremediation or biodegradation
  • Developments conveying smart properties in materials
    • Metamaterials, quantum materials, nanotechnologies, etc.
    • Materials that are designed for recyclability, or ease of biodegradation
  • Sustainable materials and use of resources
    • Creating renewable materials, improving existing production & recycling processes
    • New bio-based, or circular, feedstocks and ingredients
  • High-performance materials & coatings
    • Better physical, chemical, mechanical and manufacturing properties
    • Innovative coating and industrial processing

Digital Health & Medical Devices

Harnessing digital technologies and engineering for better patient care and outcomes

  • Medical devices to diagnose, manage diseases, and treat patients
    • (Neuro-)prosthetics and medical implants, as well as patient-centered diagnostics, disease management, and therapeutic devices
    • Connected devices such as wearable technologies and sensors to prevent, diagnose, monitor or treat diseases
    • Brain-computer interfaces
  • Digital applications for diagnosis, disease management and treatment
    • Clinical decision support systems, AR/VR interfaces, and innovative processes
    • Digital therapeutics – DTx
    • Digital patient twins for point of care diagnostics and accelerated/improved clinical trials
    • Data-driven healthcare e.g. the application of AI for machine-learning based diagnosis


Biotechnologies and chemistries enabling the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases

  • Biologics for disease prevention and therapeutic & diagnostic purposes
    • Organ substitutes, cell therapies, gene editing solutions, vaccines, antibodies, etc.
    • Novel delivery systems for drugs and therapies
    • New platforms (e.g. organisms, natural or engineered cells, devices) for the production of therapies and other medically relevant compounds
  • Lab-based solutions improving the R&D processes for diagnostics & therapeutics
    • New drug or biomarker discovery platforms, DNA & protein-engineering solutions, new approaches to ease the synthesis of pharmaceuticals, etc.
    • Organ on chip technologies to mimic physiological conditions for rapid diagnosing, drug discovery and accelerated clinical decisions/trials
    • Microfluidic based approaches to diagnose and characterize diseases
  • In-silico drug discovery & design solutions
    • New in-silico drug discovery methods & software-aided drug design tools
  • Pharmaceuticals for diagnosing, preventing & treating diseases
    • First-in-class drugs and potent derivatives of existing drugs
    • Synthetic molecules essential to new/enhancing diagnostics or improving the pharmacological properties of drugs
    • Novel antibiotic molecules and molecules/technologies/therapies replacing current antibiotics to counter widespread antibiotic resistance

Previous Winners

Winners & finalists have gone on to raise more than $3B

Discover the 2023 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.


Sweetch Energy, France

Expanding the frontiers of renewable energy with osmotic power

Discover the Project

Atlant 3D Nanosystems, Denmark

A revolutionary atomic layer 3D printing technology.

Discover the project

Agora Energy Technologies, Canada

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

Discover the project

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.

Discover the project

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

An international and interdisciplinary committee of leading scientists, industry specialists, successful deep tech entrepreneurs and renowned VCs help us to select the best startups in each industry track. Below are some of the jury members from the 2023 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