A competition designed for
Deep Tech Entrepreneurs
The Hello Tomorrow Global Challenge is a worldwide renowned science & technology startup competition designed specifically to address the needs of deep tech entrepreneurs across several different industries and technologies. The Challenge was created in 2013 by deep tech entrepreneur Xavier Duportet and Arnaud De La Tour, at the time both PhD students, who realised that the resources needed to propel emerging technologies were different from those of traditional web and mobile innovations.
The Challenge gives scientists and deep tech entrepreneurs around the globe a platform for their research and projects, providing equity-free prize money as well as other funding opportunities, global visibility and connections with key players in the deep tech innovation network.
Are you developing a new technology in one of these fields?
AERONAUTICS - ADVANCED COMPUTING & AI - CYBERSECURITY & COMMUNICATION - DIGITAL HEALTH & MEDICAL DEVICES - DRUG DISCOVERY - ENERGY - ENVIRONMENT - FOOD & AGRICULTURE - INDUSTRIAL BIOTECH - INDUSTRY 4.0 - MEDICAL BIOTECH - MOBILITY - NEW SPACE - SMART CITY
Master the skies
Improved fuel-efficiency, propulsion technologies using renewable energy, etc.
Connected and autonomous aviation
Communication, security, enabling technologies
Augmented passenger experience
Improved in-flight experience and new aviation services
Systems, equipment and maintenance technologies for aeronautics
Innovative technologies & systems for the benefit of pilots, traffic controllers and technicians
For transportation of cargo and/or people, monitoring or other innovative uses
Advanced Computing & AI by
Bringing the best out of the binary world while anticipating the quantum revolution
Big Data: storage, processing and analysis
Collect, store and process data/infer, visualize and use relevant information
New models and applications
Hardware and software supporting advanced computing
From new algorithms and components to quantum computing
Social impact of computing technologies
Reducing biases in AI, empowering the population and protecting civil rights
Cybersecurity & Communication by
A safe and interconnected world
Cybersecurity and data privacy
Modern technologies to protect sensitive data, digital identity and fight cybercrime
Communication devices & protocols
Secure, energy-efficient and innovative communication systems
Innovative network technology for remote location or large scale application
Infrastructure, communication and security technologies
Digital Health & Medical Devices by
Harnessing the power of digital technologies and engineering for better outcomes and patient care
Wearable technologies and sensors to prevent, diagnose, monitor or treat diseases
Digital applications for diagnosis and disease treatments
Clinical decision support systems, AR/VR interfaces, robotics and innovative processes
Digital tools to valorize & organize health care data
Secure, transfer, process and leverage on medical data to foster 4P medicine (predictive, preventive, personalized and participatory)
Medical devices to diagnose and treat patients
(Neuro-)prosthetics and medical implants, as well as energy-efficient, patient-centered diagnostic and therapeutic devices
Drug Discovery by
Unearthing novel pharmaceutical techniques and products
Drug discovery and drug design solutions
New drug discovery methods & AI/software-aided drug design
New synthetic drugs
First-in-class drugs as well as potent derivatives of existing drugs
Automation of chemistry
Multiplexing and parallelizing of chemical reactions & chemical-handling robots
Reducing the need for hazardous chemicals & minimizing the energy demand for synthesizing medical compounds
Facilitating the renewable energy transition
Clean and reliable forms of energy generation
Developing new means of generating clean, renewable energy
Energy storage devices & new materials
From systems powering our day-to-day lives to larger networks
Optimizing the generation, supply and consumption of energy
From local to large-scale networks
Off-grid and microgrid solutions
Decentralized power generation and distribution
Reducing human impact on the environment
Monitor water quality, treat wastewater and reduce water consumption
Recycling and valorizing waste
Air and soil pollution
Measure pollution levels and decontaminate polluted air and soil
E-waste and energy-efficient data centers
Reduce the ecological impact of our connected way of life
Recycling and upcycling
Food & Agriculture by
Feeding the Earth’s population while protecting our planet
Mobilizing sensors, drones and information services for agricultural purposes
Substituting/reducing the use of pesticides and other hazardous chemicals
Improved livestock handling
Sensors, automated feeding systems and other connected devices
Increasing crop yields, nutritional value and resistance to bugs
Food safety and supply chain
Improved food production, processing, distribution and quality assurance, ensuring low environmental impact
Alternative food production
Modern ways of production with reduced carbon footprint (lab-grown meat, etc.)
Industrial Biotech by
Letting biology do the work for our industries and society
Innovative enzymes for a wide range of industrial processes
Organisms (natural or engineered) for the production of compounds
Bio-based & bio-inspired materials for construction, transportation and packaging
Textiles, biopolymers and bioplastics
Repurposing waste with biotechnologies
Producing food, feed and fuel
New products derived or developed from marine animals and plants
Industry 4.0 by
Modular, worker-conscious factories of the future
Virtual ecosystems for industry
Modelization, simulation, AR/VR, holographic and haptic interfaces
Cleaner, safer, energy efficient and effective manufacturing processes
Facilitate the transition to data-driven industry models
Improve production, maintenance and security systems
Designed for industrial environments
IIoT and ubiquitous sensing
IoT devices and technologies for industrial environments
Create symbiosis between humans and machines
Collaborative environments; improve human workers’ safety and efficiency
Medical Biotech by
Biotechnologies to enhance disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment
Organisms, cells (natural or engineered) and devices for the production of medically relevant compounds
Biologicals for therapeutic purposes
Cell therapies, vaccines, antibodies, etc.
Bio-based materials for medical purposes
Organ substitutes, implants, etc.
Diagnostic tests using biologicals & devices to perform diagnostic tests
Green and smart solutions for an enhanced transportation experience
Autonomous transportation & connected vehicles
Sensor systems, AI and infrastructure technologies
Electric vehicles & other mobility solutions with reduced environmental footprints
Precise indoor and outdoor navigation and innovative uses
Road and track safety
New ways of preventing accidents and protecting people
Breakthrough solutions for transportation of goods and people
On land, water or below
New Space by
Visionary solutions that are literally out of this world
Democratized and sustainable access to space and low-cost technologies
Ridesharing solutions, improved launch systems, avionics, efficient power management, new materials, etc.
Easing/automating operations in Earth orbits
Deorbiting and re-entry technologies, satellite maintenance, in-orbit second-life solutions for launcher parts and handling of space debris
Collect and analyse data to map, monitor and track
Connectivity for Earth
Micro- and nano-satellite constellations, atmospheric balloons, etc.
Manned and unmanned interplanetary spaceflight services, near-earth asteroid mining and space research
Enabling life on the Moon and Mars
Air & water recycling and food production in low gravity
Improving industrial processes for the production of launchers
Industry 4.0 solutions adapted to a highly technical & low production rates
Smart City by
Ensuring sustainable, safe and smart living in the city
Micromobility solutions to improve commuting, connectivity and congestion
Connected devices and software for an improved urban lifestyle
Monitoring and managing flux (traffic, energy, communication, etc.)
Building & infrastructure
Energy-efficient construction technologies & new materials
Devices & systems to improve the everyday life of disabled & elderly people
Connections - Visibility - Funding
ONE €100K GRAND PRIZE
For the best early-stage startup - Equity-free, no strings attached - Powered by BNP Paribas
THIRTEEN €10K PRIZES
For the best early-stage startup in each track - Equity free, no strings attached - Powered by our main partners
PITCH in front of a select audience of 400 industry experts and investors AT THE HELLO TOMORROW GLOBAL SUMMIT
For the 80 startups selected as finalists, you will pitch in the now famous Hello Tomorrow Challenge Stage
BE ENDORSED AS ONE OF THE TOP DEEP TECH STARTUPS WORLDWIDE
EXCLUSIVE ACCESS TO THE HELLO TOMORROW INVESTOR & BUSINESS DAY - March 11th 2020
For our selected Top Deep tech Startups - A full day of one-on-one meetings with 200+ leading international deeptech investors and 100+ corporates
EXCLUSIVE ACCESS TO THE HELLO TOMORROW GLOBAL SUMMIT - March 12th & 13th 2020
For our selected Top Deep tech Startups - 3,500 curated audience - Opportunities to showcase your product, meetings with key stakeholders facilitated by Hello Tomorrow and more!
MEETINGS & INTERVIEWS WITH INTERNATIONAL MEDIA
Investor & business days
Two full days to connect with 200 investors & 100 corporates
Startups selected as Deep tech pioneers are invited to join the exclusive Investor & Business Days to meet with leading corporates and deep tech seed and early-stage VCs & CVCs.
Here are some of the participants from our 5th edition. Confirmed participants for the next edition will be announced soon!
And many more...
Milestones of the 6th edition
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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.
Partner & CSO
CEO & Founder
Persona Biome, Inc.
Scientific Director & Partner
Co-Founder & Founder
WIRED Magazine & NEO.LIFE
Founder & CEO
Thought For Food
Co-founder & General Partner
Head of Research
Founder & Partner
Raised more than €300M
"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 - Healthcare Winner
Take these amazing entrepreneurs as examples of what can be achieved through the Hello Tomorrow Challenge.
GTX MEDICAL 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 since 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
Electric Vertical Take-off and Landing aircrafts
2016 Grand Prize Winner
"It was the first time people took our idea seriously"
Patrick Nathen, CEO
Raised €100M since the Global Summit
Biodegradable sanitary pads made from banana fibre
2017 Grand Prize Winner
"Winning the Challenge put us on a global platform"
Kristin Kagetsu, Co-Founder
Named in Forbes 30 under 30 Asia
A portable nanoscanner to detect fake drugs in real-time
2018/19 Grand Prize Winner
"The Challenge helped us gain global recognition"
Adebayo Alonge, CEO & Co-Founder
30+ media articles after their win
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.
You are based anywhere in the world
That's right, anywhere.
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
BOOSTING LOCAL ECOSYSTEMS
Is your team based in one of these regions?
We organise Local Hello Tomorrow Challenges ahead of the Global Summit to boost local ecosystems. If you're based in one of the countries below, by applying to the Global Challenge, you also get the chance to connect with additional companies, investors and other stakeholders locally! But don't worry, if you're not in one of these regions, it won't affect your chances of having the full Global Challenge experience!
Hello Tomorrow AFRICA CHALLENGE
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - November 11-12, 2019
Participate in the Africa Challenge, and get a chance to win:
- A return flight ticket to Paris to attend the Global Summit
- Prize money of €3,000 for the winner
- Showcasing opportunity at the Global Summit
- Free tickets to the Global Summit & Investor Day
Hello Tomorrow SEA+HK CHALLENGE
SINGAPORE - November 7th, 2019
Participate in the Southeast Asia & Hong Kong Challenge, pitch in front of the regional deep tech ecosystem and get a chance to win:
- 3 Cash grants of 50,000 SGD
- 3 return flight tickets to Paris to attend the Global Summit
- Showcasing opportunities at the Global Summit
- Free tickets to the Global Summit & Investor Day
Hello Tomorrow Turkey CHALLENGE
ISTANBUL, TURKEY- December 2019
Participate in the Turkey Challenge, and get a chance to win:
- Two return flight tickets to Paris to attend the Global Summit
- Free tickets to the Global Summit & Investor Day
- Showcasing opportunity at the Global Summit
The HT Challenge FAQ was created with love and care to help answer any of the questions you may have about Hello Tomorrow, the Global Challenge and Local Challenges.
You can also check our Terms & Conditions.
What is the Hello Tomorrow Challenge?
The Hello Tomorrow Global Challenge is a renowned global startup competition designed specifically to address the needs of deep tech entrepreneurs across several industries. The Challenge was created in 2013 by two PhD students, Xavier Duportet and Arnaud De La Tour, who realised that the resources needed to propel emerging technologies were different from those of traditional web and mobile innovation.
The Challenge gives scientists and deep tech entrepreneurs around the globe a platform for their research and projects, providing participants with equity-free funding, global visibility and connections with key players in the deep tech innovation network and other fellow entrepreneurs. To date, previous early-stage participants have raised more than $300 million in funding.
Applications are open until September 13th, 2019. The Grand Finals will be held in Paris on March 11th-13th, 2020 during the Hello Tomorrow Global Summit.
Applications to the Global Challenge are entirely free.
Who is eligible?
You are eligible if:
-Your activity is based on a new technology or an innovative application of an existing technology.
-You have a proof of concept, a prototype, a scientific validation of your claim, or are in the process of producing one.
-Your team is made up of two persons or more. Your project is not part of a larger company.
-Your project/startup is in early-stage (up to series A)
-You foresee an economically viable application on the market within 15 years.
-Your project has the potential to have a strong impact on the industry you target, and on society or the environment in general.
All previous Global Challenge participants are welcome to reapply as long as they have not been a Grand Winner or Track Winner.
Do I have to be incorporated to apply?
Projects don’t have to be incorporated to apply to the competition but they should have clear development plans and goals. In fact, 40% of the applicants from previous editions were not incorporated. In the case that a non-incorporated project wins the competition, no funds will be transferred until the company is incorporated.
What are the verticals/tracks concerned?
There are 14 tracks this year:
Medical biotech, Digital Health & Medical devices, Drug discovery, Food & Agriculture, Industrial Biotech, Energy, Environment, Advanced computing & AI, Cybersecurity & Communication, Industry 4.0, Smart City, Mobility, Aeronautics, New Space.
What if my project fits more than one track?
It’s up to you to select the track you think you would have the best chance of winning. In the case that the judging committee strongly believes that your project fits better in another track, we will suggest that you change the track.
What are the awards of the Hello Tomorrow Global Challenge?
The Top deep tech startups (around 500) are selected by Hello Tomorrow and invited to the Hello Tomorrow Summit to interact with sector-specific and invite-only investors, top executives, accelerators and fellow founders.
They are also invited to the Investor & Business Day, for one-on-one meetings with 200+ top-tier VCs and 100+ international corporates, which will take place the day before the Summit.
80 finalists (around 6 finalists per track) will have the opportunity to pitch in front of a select audience of 400 people, competing for the €10k prize per track. The grand winner, selected among the track winners, will be awarded €100k (€10k + €90k).
What is the selection process of the Hello Tomorrow Challenge?
The judging phase will take place in 3 distinctive steps. Applicants will be informed of the progress at each step.
(1) Top deep tech startups – The Hello Tomorrow judging committee will select the best startups (around 500) based on the quality of their online application.
(2) Finalists – The judging committee will select around 6 startups per track. These finalist startups will be invited to pitch during the Grand Finals at the Summit.
(3) Track winners – A judging committee made up of investors, corporates, scientists and other experts in their field will select the track winners after their pitches at the Hello Tomorrow Global Summit in Paris.
Who will judge the projects and how?
Applications will be reviewed by volunteer expert judges (investors, entrepreneurs, executives, researchers and other experts in their field) who will analyse all applications working under NDAs. For the Grand Finals, taking place during the Hello Tomorrow Global Summit, a list and profile of the judges will be published online and made accessible to contestants prior to the event. The applications will be judged according to the following criteria:
Technological innovation: The company must develop a product/service based on a new technology, a scientific discovery or an innovative application of an existing technology.
Impact: The company must have the potential to make a substantial long-term impact on business and/or society.
Team: The company must have visionary leadership with the capabilities to drive the company towards success.
Economic viability: The company should have well-formulated plans for developments and goals and a sustainable business model.
During the Grand Finals, the Hello Tomorrow Challenge judging committee will rate and select projects based on the quality of the pitch and the complementary information provided by the startups after the first selection rounds (1-page summary & pitch deck).
How is the HT Global Challenge different from other startup competitions and events?
We designed the Global Challenge specifically for deep tech projects and startups, to acknowledge that the needs and resources needed for deep technologies are different from those of digital startups.
At the Summit, you’ll meet experts in science and technology, including investors, executives, entrepreneurs and potential customers, who have a solid understanding of the needs and potential impact of new solutions and want to be part of the deep technology transfer.
Contrary to local challenges, it provides a platform for global visibility, ranking early-stage startups and connections during the Hello Tomorrow Summit (3,500 attendees from 110+ countries in 2018). The Summit is invite-only and the Challenge gives you an opportunity to be part of the deep tech network.
Hello Tomorrow is a non-profit organisation run by a group of young, passionate people who basically just really love deep technology and want to see you get your innovation out into the world!
Do I have to pay for the Challenge? Will I be engaged with Hello Tomorrow or a third party if I participate?
The application to the Hello Tomorrow Challenge is entirely free of charge, and doesn't engage applicants in any way. Hello Tomorrow does not require any action from the applicants aside from the application material, and does not claim any kind of decision, power or take any equity.
Is my information confidential?
The information you provide on your application will be available to the following parties:
- Hello Tomorrow and our external IT team (to manage the application platform)
- Our volunteer expert jury members (to judge your application)
- Our partners (corporates and investors looking for potential collaboration or investment opportunities)
They all sign our Non-Disclosure Agreement, available upon request (email@example.com). However, if you believe some information might be too sensitive (because of a pending patent for example), we advise that you get legal advice from someone within your institution. If you do not have access to legal counsel, don’t hesitate to send us an email.
When will I know if I’m selected?
Applicants selected as Top deep tech startups, and who are invited to the Summit and Investor Day, will be notified on November 5th, 2019. The finalists will then be announced on January 14th, 2020.
Why are you only organizing Local Challenges in a few countries?
We are currently developing our network of local hubs around the globe and are organizing local competitions to empower entrepreneurs at a local level, helping to provide opportunities for startups within their own ecosystem.
Which countries will be included in a Local Challenge?
The following countries will be hosting Local Challenges:
Turkey - Open to projects/startups based or incorporated in Turkey.
Southeast Asia & Hong Kong - Finals will be held in Singapore. Open to projects/startups based or incorporated in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Cambodia, Vietnam and Hong Kong.
Africa - Finals will be held in South Africa. Open to projects/startups based or incorporated in any African country.
There is a Local Challenge organized in my country/region. What does it mean?
If your team is based in a country covered by a Local Challenge, you’ll have the opportunity to meet potential partners, investors and the local deep tech community, win your return trip to Paris for the Global Summit in March 2020 and other prizes as well (check your Hello Tomorrow Local Hub website for more information).
There is no Local Challenge in my country, can I still apply to the Global Challenge? How will this affect my application?
If your team is not based in a country covered by a Local Challenge, don’t worry! It won’t affect your application to the Global Challenge and you still have just as much of a chance of being selected as one of our Top deep tech startups or finalists, and will enjoy the full experience of the Global Challenge and Global Summit!
How do I apply to the Local Challenge in my country/region?
It’s easy! In the Global Challenge application form, when you select your country, an additional question will appear asking you to confirm that you wish to apply to the Local Challenge as well. Just fill out the rest of the form and submit your application!
Can I apply to the Local Challenge without applying to the Global Challenge?
No, you can’t. But why would you? Winners of the Local Challenges even get their flight tickets to attend the Global Summit in Paris sponsored!
Is it mandatory to participate in the Local Challenge if one is organized in my country/region?
No, and it won’t affect your application. But you’ll be missing out on amazing extra opportunities!
What is the Hello Tomorrow Summit?
The Hello Tomorrow Global Summit is the first global event dedicated to scientists and deep tech founders in every industry. This is where finalists will pitch in front of an audience of 400 people and an expert jury to compete to win their track and have a shot at winning the Grand Prize.
There is also a full program, including keynotes from leaders in science and technological innovation, expert panels discussing issues around technology and interactive learning sessions aimed at early-stage startups to share best practices and advice on how to advance your company.
What is the Investor & Business Day?
An entire day dedicated to one-on-one investment and business meetings between our Top deep tech startups and 300 of the most prominent VCs, CVCs and industry leaders in the world.
Applicants selected as Top deep tech startups are the only startups attending the Investor & Business Day. Prior to this day, they will be given access to the list of VCs, CVCs and industry leaders that will be present in order to book individual meetings with them.
Participants from last edition include NEA, Atomico, Balderton Capital, Airbus ventures, Samsung, Merck, Bosch, and many more (check our Investor Day page).
Who will attend the Summit?
The Summit brings together 3,500 of the most prominent leaders in emerging technology. This unique group of curated participants include investors, founders, top executives, scientists & other academics, policy makers, PhD students and journalists.
While some tickets to the Summit will be for sale, the majority of attendees will have been carefully invited and selected by Hello Tomorrow for their ability to bring expertise to one or several of the industrial sectors represented by the Challenge’s tracks.
Do startups which are participating in the Challenge need to pay tickets to attend the Summit?
Applicants selected as Top deep tech startups do not have to pay to attend the Summit, including the Investor Day. However, Top deep tech startups that want to attend the event in Paris have to pay a deposit of 100€ per ticket which is reimbursed when showing up at the Summit. The reimbursement will take place within two months after the Summit.
Participating startups that are not among the selected Top deep tech startups but nevertheless would like to attend the event in Paris have to pay their tickets.
Does Hello Tomorrow pay for travel expenses for foreign startups coming to the Summit?
As a non-profit, we cannot cover travel costs for over 500 startups. Applicants are thus responsible for travel or accommodation expenses.
We understand that the cost associated with travelling to Paris can be significant. However, we’ve seen from previous editions that startups truly benefit from the Summit due to the visibility they get from interacting with top-level executives and selected investors from their industry.