applications for the 6th edition
have now closed

GLOBAL CHALLENGE

The world-renowned deep tech
startup competiton

Why apply

A competition designed for science and deep tech entrepreneurs

CONNECTIONS

Connect with leading accelerators, investors, industry 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 

Dedicated Investor Days 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 2020, as well as the Business & Investor Days, 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.

NOVEMBER 9TH-13TH 2020

INVESTOR DAYS

Meet with 200+ investors

The Deep Tech Pioneers are invited to attend the Investor Days which will feature 200+ investors. Last year’s participants included NEA, Atomico, Balderton and many more. You will be able to plan up to fifteen 30 minute meetings dedicated to making connections. Over and entire week, you will be able to plan 30-minute meetings dedicated to making connections.

NOVMEBER 16-20TH 2020

HELLO TOMORROW GLOBAL SUMMIT

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

Pitch in front of thousands 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

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

Ralph Fritsche

Sr. PROJECT MANAGER
NASA

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

WORLDWIDE partner

GLOBAL PARTNER

CHALLENGE TRACK PARTNERS

CHALLENGE ELIGIBILITY

Am I eligible to apply?

The Global Challenge is only open to deep tech startups in our community. By joining our community, you not only get to participate in the Challenge but also tap into additional perks, such as access to our other international events, funding opportunities and year-round visibility across our network.

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.

Producing a unique superconductor-based electric propulsion system for high power space missions

Rocket technology promoting a more cost-efficient way for small satellites to access space.

Enabling scientific research and advanced materials discovery in microgravity.

Sponsored by


Startup finalists

Design of new aluminium alloy powder dedicated to additive manufacturing for greener aircraft.

Designing and manufacturing more efficient cooling solutions for electronic components.

GEMMA Technology 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.

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.

Manufacturing cutting-edge quantum photonic technologies for the next generation of telecommunications and computing devices.

Startup finalists

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

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.

Improving gene therapy by suppressing the immune response.

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

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.

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

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

Developing a liquid biopsy platform that is able monitor cancer with just a simple blood sample.

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 personalised diagnostic tests to identify the most appropriate antibiotic treatment for patients while helping counter antibiotic resistance.

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.

Startup finalists

Generating electricity from plants.

Building nanotechnological material to harness the sunlight for cooling, and reduce the cost and emissions of existing 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.

Powering the Future with CO2: A Transformative Carbon Dioxide Redox Flow Battery to enable the Global Energy Transition.

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.

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.

Sponsored by


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.


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.

Building camera-based sensors to enable the large-scale use of smart service robots.

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