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GLOBAL CHALLENGE

The world-renowned deep tech
startup competiton

Why apply

A competition designed for science and deep tech entrepreneurs

CONNECTIONS

One whole dedicated day for 1-to-1 meetings with the most innovative industry leaders

Connect with leading accelerators, investors, experts & fellow entrepreneurs

Become part of the global deep tech community and meet talents and mentors

VISIBILITY

Opportunity 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 for the best early-stage deep tech project and €10K Prize for each industry track winner 

A dedicated Investor Day for 1-to-1 meetings with 200 renowned VCs and CVCs

THESE ARE THE STARTUPS BUILDING TOMORROW

Discover the Global Challenge Finalists

TIMELINE

Your Global Challenge journey

JUNE 4TH 2019

APPLICATIONS OPEN

Start of the 6th edition of the Hello Tomorrow Global Challenge

Do you have a deep tech startup or project that uses advanced technology to answer a societal or industrial challenge? You can apply online from June 4th 2019 onwards!

JUNE-AUGUST 2019

ATTEND A CHALLENGE Q&A SESSION

Got burning questions about the Challenge?

Or curious to find out more? HT goes on tour, hosting a series of meetups around the world where you can find out more about the ins and outs of the Global Challenge, get some tips and much more! Previous sessions have taken place in Barcelona, Lausanne, San Francisco, Bangkok, Istanbul, Hong Kong, Vienna, Islamabad and Berlin.

 

SEPTEMBER 13TH 2019

APPLICATIONS CLOSE

Deadline for applying to the Hello Tomorrow Global Challenge!

Be sure to submit your application on the online platform before September 13th if you want your project to be reviewed by our judges. As we receive a lot of applications and are on a tight schedule, we are unfortunately unable to offer extensions for application submissions.


NOVEMBER 6TH 2019

DEEP TECH PIONEERS ANNOUNCED

The very best deep tech startups are selected!

Hello Tomorrow will announce its list of most promising top deep tech startups. The top selected startups from the Challenge are invited to attend the Hello Tomorrow Global Summit on March 12th & 13th 2020, as well as the Business & Investor Days on March 10th and 11th, which will feature 200+ investors and 100+ corporates. 

NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2019

LOCAL CHALLENGES 

Taking place in Hello Tomorrow hubs around the globe!

Get connected in your local deep tech ecosystem before the Global Summit in Paris! Only for startups based in Africa, Southeast Asia, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Turkey. Don’t worry, if you’re not in one of these countries, it won’t affect your application to the Global Challenge.

JANUARY 2020

FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

80 startup finalists which will take centre stage at the Hello Tomorrow Global Summit

Hello Tomorrow will publicly announce the list of startups that will pitch on the Challenge Stage at the Global Summit in Paris in front of a jury of experts, industry, investors and journalists. All other top startups selected will still have a chance to demo their product/project and pitch during live sessions in other areas of the event.

MARCH 10TH-11TH 2020

BUSINESS & INVESTOR DAYS

Meet with 200+ investors and 100+ corporates

The Deep Tech Pioneers are invited to attend the Business & Investor Days which will feature 200+ investors and 100+ corporates. Last year’s participants included NEA, Atomico, Balderton, Airbus, Bosch, Merck, etc. You will be able to plan up to fifteen 30 minute meetings during these two full days dedicated to making connections. 

MARCH 12-13TH 2020

HELLO TOMORROW GLOBAL SUMMIT

Where you meet the enablers who will take your technology to the next level

Pitch in front of a huge crowd of experts and influencers, meet the most active industrial corporates looking for collaborations with innovative deep tech projects, demo your product and meet an amazing crowd of peers. The Grand Prize winner and winners from 13 industry tracks will be announced on the final day of the Hello Tomorrow Global Summit!

Alumni have Raised more than $300M

Previous challenge winners

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ADEBAYO ALONGE, ceo & co-founder of rxall

The Challenge helped us gain global recognition.

2018/2019 Grand Prize Winner
RXALL – NIGERIA/USA

A portable nanoscanner to detect fake drugs in real-time.
30+ media articles after their win
DISCOVER THE FULL PROJECT +

2017 Grand Prize Winner
SAATHI – INDIA

Biodegradable sanitary pads made from banana fibre.

Named in Forbes 30 under 30 Asia

DISCOVER THE FULL PROJECT +

2016 Grand Prize Winner
LILIUM AVIATION – GERMANY

Electric Vertical Take-off and Landing Aircrafts.

— Raised €100M since the Global Summit —

DISCOVER THE FULL PROJECT +

2015 Grand Prize Winner
BIOCARBON ENGINEERING – UK

Mass reforestation using automated drones

— Undisclosed investment from Parrot after the Summit —

DISCOVER THE FULL PROJECT +

2014 Grand Prize Winner
GTX MEDICAL – SWITZERLAND

Implant therapy to make paralyzed people walk again.

— Raised €35M since the Global Summit —

DISCOVER THE FULL PROJECT +

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

Larry Weiss

CEO & FOUNDER
PERSONA BIOME, INC.

Jun Axup

SCIENTIFIC DIRECTOR & PARTNER
INDIEBIO

Josephine Millward

HEAD OF RESEARCH
SERAPHIM CAPITAL

Jane Metcalfe

CO-FOUNDER & FOUNDER
WIRED MAGAZINE & NEO.LIFE

Marcus Remmers

CTO
DSM

Hany Nada

FOUNDER & PARTNER
ACME CAPITAL

Christine Gould

FOUNDER & CEO
THOUGHT FOR FOOD

Benjamin Joffe

PARTNER
HAX

Ben Narasin

VENTURE PARTNER
NEA

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

WORLDWIDE partner

GLOBAL PARTNER

CHALLENGE TRACK PARTNERS

CHALLENGE ELIGIBILITY

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 COULD SOLVE AN INDUSTRIAL, SOCIETAL OR ENVIRONMENTAL UNMET NEED OR CREATE A NEW MARKET

YOU’RE A TEAM OF AT LEAST 2 WORKING ON THE PROJECT

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.

Sponsored by



Startup finalists

Automated algae cultivation for food and oxygen production on Mars

Building a mission control software platform that enables automated space operations

Developing the world’s most efficient green fuel and engines for spacecraft

Providing more efficient electric propulsion for small satellites

Building a software platform that allows a user to annotate a virtual environment

Using in-situ, renewable and recyclable 3D printing technology to allow humans to build sustainably the Moon or Mars

Sponsored by


Startup finalists

Building a collaborative drone management solution to facilitate drone operations and detection

Designing and manufacturing more efficient cooling solutions for electronic components

GEMMA OG (Austria)

Radio-frequency propulsion system with superior power-to-weight ratio

Smart repairing solution for composite materials

Safely integrating drones into air traffic by providing real-time air traffic understanding to prevent collisions

A vehicle agnostic system enabling fully autonomous flight

Sponsored by


Startup finalists

Creating a hardware development kit for imaging applications

Developing semi-autonomous underwater drones to eliminate safety risks of manned entry into complex, confined flooded spaces

Ensuring the safety of Li-ON batteries in the automotive industry with trace level hydrogen sensors

Developing a cost-efficient, high-performance and sustainable light weight material to reduce fuel and energy consumption throughout all areas of mobility

Developing a safer and more reliable hydrogen compressor to store hydrogen in refuelling stations for electric vehicles

Accelerating the use of electric vehicles by providing ultra-fast charging

Startup finalists

Using a new quantum-resistant cryptography to protect data against the quantum computer

Building a next-generation data security solution for commercial, embedded and national security applications

Developing flat panel antennas to unlock seamless broadband communication with ground terminals for Satcom and 5G

Offering secure, space-based, quantum communication systems

Developing an optical communication system based on light propagation through the air to connect cell towers and foster the implementation of 5G networks

Delivering affordable internet to everyone through mini-constellations in hemisphere-wide orbits

Startup finalists

Building highly scalable quantum processors with outstanding calculation power to solve complex problems across industries

C12 (France) 

Developing a novel, scalable process to manufacture quantum computing chips

Enabling centimeter-precise mapping and localization to create Augmented Reality applications

Using artificial intelligence and robotics to identify and manufacture new chemicals and materials

Developing a new computer hardware combining the memory chip and processing unit for faster, more energy efficient calculations

MemComputing, Inc’s novel MemCPU™ Extreme Performance Computing (XPC) SaaS delivers quantum computing performance today on any CPU or GPU.

Developing a software solution to allow scalable holographic displays to run in real-time on standard computing power

Sponsored by


Startup finalists

Bringing transparency to busisnesses with DNA markers that provide traceability to all stages of the supply chain

Using CRISPR technology to edit mitochondrial DNA

Using microbes to grow colours to make the dye industry more sustainable.

Using algae to to produce unrivalled materials to enhance solar power efficiency

Building sustainable, toxic and waste free cellulose technology to meet consumer needs in the personal and home care sectors.

Enabling high perfomance biocatalysis using a novel enzyme immobilization platform technology


Startup finalists

Using fast and low-cost surveillance technology, allowing diagnosis of disease directly at the point of care without using lab equipment

Advancing phage-based therapies to fight bacterial infections

Chameleon Biosciences, Inc. (USA)

Improving gene therapy by suppressing the immune response

Delivering permanent, personalised skin tissue therapy to improve the lives of skin transplant patients

Fighting antibiotic resistance and improving healthcare efficiency with ultra-rapid antibiotic sensitivity testing

Facilitating early cancer diagnosis by detecting rare cells in small blood or tissue samples

Startup finalists

Developing a deep learning algorithm to enable the design of novel drugs

Developing a new drug-delivery platform for targeted delivery and slow-release of therapeutics

Designing an AI for the analysis of biomedical data to improve R&D decision-making

VemiCo Ltd. (UK)

Addressing unmet medical needs by discovering and developing microbiome derived molecules with therapeutic effects

Lumento Therapeutics (Netherlands)

Developing light-activated cancer treatments, enabling safer and more targeted treatment of localised cancer

Revolutionising influenza prevention with a universal flu vaccine for both current and future Influenza A and B variants

A “smart” chemotherapy that elicits its effect once it reached the cancer

Startup finalists

Comprehensive digital biomarker platform for brain health prediction, monitoring and prevention- able to predict Alzheimer’s Disease 6-10 years before the onset

Precision AI platform enabling oncologists to give more effective, personalised cancer treatment

TeleMedC (Singapore)

Multi-functional eye scanner incorporating 3D-printing & AI technology to screen a broad range of ophthalmic, systemic & communicable diseases

Automating microscopic examination making the diagnosis of tropical parasitic diseases accessible for everyone

Contact lenses for the ear : invisible, high-fidelity hearing system for the hearing impaired

Delivering central lab quality diagnostic results within 15 minutes with a handheld device based on disposable semiconductor biosensors

Giving women access to zero compromise contraception with a new method using mucus engineering

Sponsored by


Startup finalists

Building a safer and more efficient energy grid free from SF6 – the most potent greenhouse gas to date

Capturing greenhouse emissions to build product solutions in multiple industries

Re-envisioning the fuel cell membrane to reduce the cost of hydrogen-generated electricity and facilitate its use as an alternative to fossil fuels

Creating the ‘Smart Panel’ to produce clean drinking water and renewable energy from a single solar powered device

Reducing the cost of production and carbon footprint of cement with smart additive materials to revolutionise the construction sector

Physics-enabled AI for climate risk prediction

Startup finalists

Generating electricity from plants

Building nanotechnological material to harness the sunlight for cooling, and reduce the cost and emissions of exisitng cooling systems and air-conditioning

Building a reactor using solar energy to produce clean hydrogen

Pushing nanotechnology frontiers with a new method to cost-effectively manufacture graphene from the cassava crop

Repurposing zinc metal to offer a low-cost and long-duration energy storage solution and accelerate renewable energy markets

Using drones to unlock the full power of wind, harvesting more energy than wind turbines with a fraction of their structure and material

Sponsored by


Startup finalists

Facilitating the transport of drinking water with a Structural Health Monitoring Sensor System that monitors the condition of water infrastructure to clearly indicate leaks

Providing robust, environmentally sensitive concrete solutions to eco-engineer coastal and marine infrastructure

Increasing global security with an automatic security scanner that can accurately identify explosives, drugs and other dangerous products down to the atomic level

Providing affordable and fire-resistant insulation solutions for sustainable housing and energy conservation in industry

Combating indoor air pollution with a platform technology making coating materials that effectively break down Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) which cause chronic illnesses, cancer, and trigger heart attacks

Watertower Robotics (USA) 

Developing a robot that creates an interactive 3D map of the pipe network and accurately locates any leaks to allow municipal water companies to save water and prevent infrastructure damage


Startup finalists

Combining artificial intelligence with MRI to save chicks from an unnecessary death and revolutionize the poultry industry

Using quantum dot technology that red-shifts the sun’s spectrum to make plants in greenhouses grow faster and better

AI-driven gene discovery for new crop traits to make agriculture more sustainable

A cell-based clean meat company, that makes seafood and meats from cells instead of animals

Reducing water shortage using a temperature-sensitive, water producing textile that uses only the natural temperature cycles of day and night

Providing a safe alternative to chemical pesticides, protecting crops without editing their genome

Producing sustainable protein using only air and electricity


Startup finalists

3D printers to provide economical, sustainable and industrial-grade quality medical products

Providing vehicles and robots with a real-time 360° perception of their environment

Allowing any material to be anti-bacterial, crease-resistant, fire-resistant or electricity-resistant with a permanent, eco friendly, and cost-effective finishing technology

Widely applicable fiber optic sensing that collects data from multiple points and distributed over long distances

Developing novel non-destructive testing solution that allows to detect defects inside and on the surface of a given object

Simplifying and enhancing chemical analysis to detect disease-causing pathogens or emissions through its developed “electric nose sensor”

Letting biology do the work for our industries and society

Sponsored by 

BIOCATALYSTS

Innovative enzymes for a wide range of industrial processes

CELLULAR FACTORIES

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

MARINE BIOTECHNOLOGY

New products derived or developed from marine animals and plants

Biotechnologies to enhance disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment

BIOLOGICAL FACTORIES

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.

BIO-BASED DIAGNOSTICS

Diagnostic tests using biologicals & devices to perform diagnostic tests

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

GREEN CHEMISTRY

Reducing the need for hazardous chemicals & minimizing the energy demand for synthesizing medical compounds

Harnessing the power of digital technologies and engineering for better outcomes and patient care

CONNECTED DEVICES

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

Reducing human impact on the environment

Sponsored by

WATER MANAGEMENT

Monitor water quality, treat wastewater and reduce water consumption

WASTE MANAGEMENT

Recycling and valorizing waste 

AIR AND SOIL POLLUTION 

Measure pollution levels and decontaminate polluted air and soil

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

Ensuring sustainable, safe and smart living in the city

Sponsored by

URBAN MOBILITY

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

ACCESSIBILITY-FOCUSED TECHNOLOGIES

Devices & systems to improve the everyday life of disabled & elderly people

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 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.)

Modular, worker-conscious factories of the future 

VIRTUAL ECOSYSTEMS 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 AND UBIQUITOUS SENSING

IoT devices and technologies for industrial environments

CREATE SYMBIOSIS BETWEEN HUMANS AND MACHINES

Collaborative environments; improve human workers’ safety and efficiency