GLOBAL CHALLENGE

The world-renowned deep tech startup competition

APPLICATIONS OPEN UNTIL 18TH JUNE

Why apply

A competition designed for science and deep tech entrepreneurs

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.

WE WELCOME INNOVATION ACROSS ALL INDUSTRIES

Discover the tracks of our Global Challenge

CORPORATE TRACKS

Get connected with vcs and cvcs

An entire day exclusively for startups selected as part of the Global Challenge

Investor Day
December 1st, 2021

TIMELINE

Your Global Challenge journey

winners & finalists have Raised more than $1B

Previous challenge winners

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ADEBAYO ALONGE, ceo & co-founder of rxall

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

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.

Romain Lavault

GENERAL PARTNER
PARTECH

Hemai Parthasarathy

CSO & PARTNER
BREAKOUT LABS

Marcus Remmers

CTO
DSM

Jun Axup

SCIENTIFIC DIRECTOR & PARTNER
INDIEBIO

Cyril Ebersweiler

FOUNDER & MD HAX – GP SOSV

Eugenie Rives

GENERAL MANAGER
X, THE MOONSHOT FACTORY

Aymerik Renard

GENERAL PARTNER
HARDWARE CLUB

Celia Hart

GENERAL PARTNER
SUPERNOVA INVEST

Christine Gould

FOUNDER & CEO
THOUGHT FOR FOOD

Florent Illat

HEAD
SAFRAN CORPORATE VENTURES

Stephanie Marrus

MANAGING DIRECTOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP
UCSF

Almudena Trigo

CO-FOUNDER & GENERAL PARTNER
BEABLE CAPITAL

IS YOUR TEAM BASED IN tHIS REGION?

Local challenges

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 participating in the Local Challenge, you get the chance to connect with local companies, investors and other stakeholders! 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!

CAPE TOWN SOUTH AFRICA​
Africa
Nov. 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 and Business & Investor Days

Find out more 

istanbul
Turkey
January, 2020

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 and Business & Investor Days 
  • Showcasing opportunity at the Global Summit 

Find out more

SINGAPORE
Southeast Asia + HK+ Taiwan
Nov. 7th, 2019

Participate in the Southeast Asia Challenge (open to startups from Southeast Asia + Hong Kong + Taiwan), 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 and Business & Investor Days

     

Find out more

CHALLENGE ELIGIBILITY

Am I eligible to apply?

We welcome startups that are:

  • In the early stage of development or the beginning of their commercialisation phase
  • 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

FAQ

GOT QUESTIONS ?

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 10th-13th, 2020 during the Hello Tomorrow Global Summit. Applications to the Global Challenge are entirely free.

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.

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.

There are 14 tracks this year:

Advanced computing & AI, Aeronautics, Cybersecurity & Communication, Digital Health & Medical Devices, Drug Discovery, Energy, Environment, Food & Agriculture, Industrial Biotech, Industry 4.0, Medical Biotech, Mobility, New Space, Smart City.

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.

The Deep Tech Pioneers (around 500) are selected by Hello Tomorrow and invited to the Global Summit to interact with sector-specific and invite-only investors, top executives, accelerators and fellow founders.

They are also invited to the Investor Day & Business Day, for one-on-one meetings with 200+ top-tier VCs and 100+ international corporates, which will take place during the 2 days 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).

The judging phase will take place in 3 distinctive steps. Applicants will be informed of the progress at each step.

(1) Deep Tech Pioneers – 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.

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).

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 other 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 run by a group of passionate people who basically just really love deep technology and want to see you get your innovation out into the world!

The application to the Global 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.

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 (contact@hello-tomorrow.org). 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.

Applicants selected as Deep Tech Pioneers, and who are invited to the Summit and Investor Day, will be notified on November 6th, 2019. The finalists will then be announced on January 14th, 2020.

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.

The following countries will be hosting Local Challenges:

Turkey – Open to projects/startups based or incorporated in Turkey.

Southeast Asia, Hong Kong & Taiwan – Finals will be held in Singapore. Open to projects/startups based or incorporated in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Cambodia, Vietnam, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Africa – Finals will be held in South Africa. Open to projects/startups based or incorporated in any African country.

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).

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 Deep Tech Pioneers or Finalists, and will enjoy the full experience of the Global Challenge and Global Summit!

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!

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!

No, and it won’t affect your application. But you’ll be missing out on amazing extra opportunities!

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.

Two full days dedicated to one-on-one investment and business meetings between our Deep Tech Pioneers and 300 of the most prominent VCs, CVCs and industry leaders in the world.

Applicants selected as Deep Tech Pioneers are the only startups attending Investor Dau & Business Day. Prior to these two days, they will be given access to the list of VCs, CVCs and industry leaders who will be present in order to book individual meetings with them.

Participants from the last edition include NEA, Atomico, Balderton Capital, Airbus ventures, Samsung, Merck, Bosch, and many more (check our Investor Day page).

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.

Applicants selected as Deep Tech Pioneers do not have to pay to attend the Summit, including the Investor Day and Business Day. However, Deep Tech Pioneers 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 Deep Tech Pioneers but nevertheless would like to attend the event in Paris have to pay for their tickets.

Unfortunately, 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 in their industry.

WORLDWIDE partner

GLOBAL PARTNERS

CHALLENGE TRACK PARTNERS

Journeying through the skies and to outer space

GREENER PROPULSION TECHNOLOGIES

  • Improved fuel-efficiency, propulsion technologies using renewable energy, etc.

SYSTEMS, EQUIPMENT AND MAINTENANCE TECHNOLOGIES FOR AERONAUTICS

  • Autonomous operations & other innovative systems (e.g. communication or security-enabling technologies) for the benefit of pilots, traffic controllers and technicians.
  • Satellite maintenance, deorbiting technologies and handling of space debris.

DRONES/UAV TECHNOLOGIES 

  • For transportation of cargo and/or people, monitoring or other innovative uses.

EARTH OBSERVATION & CONNECTIVITY

  • Micro- and nano-satellite constellations, etc.
  • Collection and analysis of data to map, monitor and track.

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 our digital world

CONNECTIVITY & COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS AND DEVICES

  • Secure, energy-efficient and innovative communication systems and network technologies

IOT

  • Infrastructure, communication and security technologies

Building smart and secure digital solutions for the benefit of humankind

DATA SCIENCE: STORAGE, PROCESSING AND ANALYSIS

  • Collect, store and process data / infer, visualize and use relevant information

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE & MACHINE LEARNING

  • New models and applications across all industries

COMPLEX DIGITAL SYSTEMS TO SUPPORT HUMAN ACTIVITIES 

  • Automation and simulation softwares, digital twins, etc.

CYBERSECURITY & DATA PRIVACY

  • Modern technologies to protect sensitive data & digital identity and fight cybercrime

SOCIAL IMPACT OF COMPUTING TECHNOLOGIES

  • Reducing biases in AI, empowering the population and protecting civil rights

Harnessing digital technologies and engineering for better patient care and outcomes

DIGITAL APPLICATIONS FOR DIAGNOSIS, DISEASE MANAGEMENT AND TREATMENT 

  • Clinical decision support systems, AR/VR interfaces, and innovative processes

DIGITAL TOOLS TO VALORIZE & ORGANIZE HEALTHCARE DATA

  • Secure, transfer, process and leverage medical data to foster 4P medicine (predictive, preventive, personalized and participatory)

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

Ensuring the renewable energy transition & reducing human impact on the environment

SPONSORED BY

WATER, WASTE AND NATURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT

  • Monitor water quality, reduce water consumption & waste production, treat and valorize waste, circular economy and sustainable natural resources management

AIR & SOIL POLLUTION

  • Measure pollution levels and decontaminate polluted air & soil

TACKLING GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

  • Solutions for carbon capture, storage and valorization, mitigating climate change and preserving biodiversity

CLEAN & 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

ENERGY MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS

  • Grid-scale, microgrid and off-grid solutions optimizing power generation, distribution & consumption

Feeding the Earth’s population while protecting our planet

PRECISION FARMING

  • Mobilizing sensors, drones and information services for agricultural purposes

GREEN FARMING

  • Substituting/reducing the use of pesticides and other hazardous chemicals

IMPROVED LIVESTOCK HANDLING

  • Sensors, automated feeding systems and other connected devices

ENGINEERED CROPS

  • Increase crop yields, nutritional value and resistance to bugs

FOOD SAFETY & 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, precision fermentation, etc.)

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

CELLULAR FACTORIES & PRODUCTS THEREOF

  • Organisms (natural or engineered) for the production of materials, compounds & catalysts
  • Bio-based compounds, materials, and catalysts

REPURPOSING WASTE WITH BIOTECHNOLOGIES 

  • Producing food, feed and fuel

DEVELOPMENTS CONVEYING SMART PROPERTIES IN MATERIALS

  • Metamaterials, quantum materials, etc.

SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS AND USE OF RESOURCES

  • Creating renewable materials and improving existing production & recycling processes

HARNESSING NANOTECHNOLOGIES TO CREATE MATERIALS

  • Nano-scale production & nano-materials

HIGH PERFORMANCE MATERIALS & COATINGS

  • Better physical, chemical, mechanical and manufacturing properties
  • Innovative coating and industrial processing

Modular, worker-conscious factories of the future

VIRTUAL SYSTEMS FOR INDUSTRY

  • Modelization, simulation, AR/VR, holographic and haptic interfaces

GREEN FACTORIES 

  • Cleaner, safer, energy-efficient and effective manufacturing processes

FACILITATE THE TRANSITION TO DATA-DRIVEN INDUSTRY MODELS

  • Improve production, maintenance and security systems

ROBOTICS

  • Designed for industrial environments

IIOT & UBIQUITOUS TRAINING 

  • IoT devices and technologies for industrial environments

CREATE SYMBIOSIS BETWEEN HUMANS & MACHINES

  • Collaborative environments and improving human workers’ safety & efficiency

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

BIOLOGICALS FOR DISEASE PREVENTION AND THERAPEUTIC & DIAGNOSIS PURPOSES

  • Organ substitutes, cell therapies, gene editing solutions, vaccines, antibodies, etc.
    Organisms, cells (natural or engineered) and devices for the production of 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.

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

Green, smart solutions for enhanced transportation, construction and urban living

BREAKTHROUGH SOLUTIONS FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF GOODS AND PEOPLE

  • Autonomous & connected solutions on land, water or below

REDUCING THE ENVIRONMENTAL FOOTPRINT OF THE TRANSPORT SECTOR 

  • Electric vehicles and other green mobility solutions

INCREASE TRANSPORT SAFETY

  • New ways of preventing accidents and protecting people

CONNECTED DEVICES AND SOFTWARE FOR AN IMPROVED URBAN LIFESTYLE

  • Monitoring and managing flux (traffic, energy, communication, etc.)

BUILDING & INFRASTRUCTURE

  • Energy-efficient construction technologies & materials

Sustainable innovation to shape the future of agriculture

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Pitch in front of experts from Bayer Crop Science, and get an extra chance of winning coaching sessions and introduction with relevant contacts in the agriculture industry.

GROWING FOOD EVERYWHERE

  • Solutions to mitigate the effect of climate change on agriculture and grow food in inhospitable environments

HELPING FARMERS CONTROL CROP THREATS

  • Collection and use of data to improve yields and reduce the use of chemicals

BREAKTHROUGH BIOLOGY AND NEXT GENERATION GENOMICS

  • Sustainable solutions to increase crop yield and nutritional value

TRANSFORMATIONAL TECHNOLOGY / ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

  • Accelerating Research and unlocking new Business Models in Agriculture