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Hello Tomorrow Challenge 2016

Thanks to everyone who applied to the Challenge! Please stay tuned to see if you are one of the Top 500 startups selected to attend the Global Summit in October!

Organized By:

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Principal Partner:

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Supported By:

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We are Hello Tomorrow, an international non-profit run by science-entrepreneurs for science-entrepreneurs. We are launching the third edition of our global competition for early-stage startups and projects.

EQUITY FREE FUNDING €100K Grand Prize

And €15K per track winner as well as the opportunity to pitch and interact with more than 200 sector-specific investors

GET VISIBILITY ON A GLOBAL SCALE

Maximize your exposure through international media coverage and be part of our ranking of early-stage SciTech startups in each continent

BUILD CONNECTIONS AT THE GLOBAL SUMMIT

Founders of the top 500 startups get 2 tickets to our invite-only Summit in Paris along with 2,000 peers, investors, executives and journalists

April 19th to June 22nd 2016

Apply online using our dedicated Younoodle platform

June & July 2016

Selection of the top 50 startups per track by sector-specific experts

October 13-14th 2016

Top 100 startups pitch their projects at the Hello Tomorrow Summit in Paris, the grand finale! More info to come soon!

What are the tracks?

COLLABORATING PROGRAMS, UNIVERSITIES & INCUBATORS

Massachusetts Insitute of Technology
Cornell University
DTU
Centrale
Polytechnique
ETH
Flat6Labs
Imperial
KU Leuven
Leiden
Manitoba
McGill
Monash
Oasis500
QUT
RMIT
RWTH
Startup Hub Poland
Tsing Hua
TU Berlin
TU Munchen
UAB
UK Lebanon Tech Hub
UNC Cordoba
UNESP
Catolica Chile
Universidad Chile
Helsinski
Geneva
Stellenbosch
British Colombia
Cambridge
Manchester
UNSW
Witswatersrand
Amsterdam Center for Entrepreneurship
Ashoka
ANU
Bristol
CRI
Chalmers Ventures
Chalmers
Fondation Norbert Segard
Giza Polish Ventures
Guaana
Harvard
IT Buenos Aires
Level 39
NTNU
Resolution Project
Rise Up Summit
Southern California
Startup BRIC
Tecnologico Monterrey
ULisboa
UCL
U Amsterdam
Wamda
Washington University in St. Louis
Yes!Delft
UC Davis Chile
Sparklabs
1871
InnovationRCA
Ministère des Affaires Etrangères
Alfa.ac
Hardware Pioneers
IceHubs
SeoulSpace
SpeedUp Ventures
ATPInnovations
Bar Ilan
FuturePlay
Lebanon for Entrepreneurs
MassChallenge
Mitacs
NHS England
PIIT
Skoll
PSU
VC4Africa
Draper University
FutSci
Indoor Air Quality Association
Inova Unicamp
Numa Bengaluru
Panacea
American University Beyruth
Imperial Innovation
Nahdet
InnoVentures
Science:Disrupt
University of Warsaw
Accelerate Korea
Afrilabs
CZIliTT
Digital Science
SOSV
IndieBio
LabCentral
Pittsburgh
HardGamma
Rennes Atalante
Biotechin.Asia
CleanTechOpen

Quotes from our previous winners

Wavve Stream - USA
2015 Food & Agro Winner

"The Summit was hands down the best conference and business plan competition WAVVE has ever done"

Instent - France
2015 Healthcare Winner

"The Challenge is a unique opportunity to exchange with a fantastic global start-up community. We would attend again, again and again"

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Biocarbon Engineering – UK
2015 Grand Winner

"Hello Tomorrow provides a platform for people to test their ideas in front of an audience, and the prizes help to transform those ideas into reality"

Nanoly Bioscience - USA
2015 Manufacturing Winner

"I am grateful for being given the opportunity to speak in front of such a huge expert audience"

Padam - France
2015 Transportation Winner

"The Summit gave us the push we needed to reach out to international investors"

G-Therapeutics - Switzerland
2014 Grand Winner

"And then, something amazing happened! We won the Hello Tomorrow Challenge and met our CEO at the Summit"

Archon Dronics - Italy
2015 IT & Security Winner

"It is difficult to design a more inspiring program, that also put us in touch with the most innovative large international players in our sector"

RULES & ELIGIBILITY

Who can apply? Startups or projects that

  • / Are based on a new technology or an innovative application of an existing technology

  • / Have a POC, prototype or a scientific validation of their claim

  • / Have raised under €400K in equity funding (public funding and grants excluded)

    For startups already funded, subscribe here to apply for an invitation to the Global Summit

What are the selection criteria

  • / Technological innovation

  • / Leadership & team

  • / Economic viability

  • / Potential impact on business and society

READ COMPLETE RULES

WHO WILL JUDGEYOUR PROJECTS

Connect with innovators & partners AT THE GLOBAL SUMMIT

Obi Felten
Google[x]

Dirk Ahlborn
Hyperloop

Steve Brown
Intel

Some of last year's attendees

WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW?

    What is Hello Tomorrow?

    Hello Tomorrow is a global non-profit headquartered in Paris that aims to accelerate science & tech innovation by empowering startups with cash prizes and connections with investors and industrials. It was created in 2011 by Xavier Duportet & Arnaud de la Tour. Hello Tomorrow is supported by the French public and private sectors, but remains an independent organization governed by entrepreneurs.

    What is the Hello Tomorrow Challenge?

    It’s a global startup competition for the most promising science-technology projects and startups that aim to solve the world’s pressing issues. To date, our 60 early-stage graduates have raised more than $90 million and 57 of them are still operational.
    The application period is between April 19th and June 17th. The grand finale will be held in Paris on October 13th and 14th, during the Hello Tomorrow Summit.

    What is the Hello Tomorrow Summit?

    The Hello Tomorrow Summit is the first global event dedicated to science & tech founders in 10 different sectors. It brings together a curated selection of high profile entrepreneurs on an invite-only basis (including winners from the Challenge), top investors (Accel, Index, Y Combinator, 500 startups, etc.), Hello Tomorrow Partners and other executives (NASA, IBM, Google[x], etc.), scientists and media.
    The Summit gathers the best minds in each sector. It is fertile ground for discussing your struggles as science-innovators, sharing best practices about regulatory issues, getting validation and recognition from peers, and meeting your future CEO or PhD employee like many have in the past.

    Who is eligible for the Hello Tomorrow Challenge?

    Early-stage startups or projects that have currently raised less than €400k, have a core piece of technology and are working on a product that can have great impact on the industry and society. Projects must have a POC or a scientific validation of their claim to apply. Projects don’t have to be incorporated to apply to the competition but they should have clear development plans and goals. In case a non-incorporated project wins the competition, no funds will be transferred until the company is incorporated.

    What are the awards of the Hello Tomorrow Challenge?

    The grand prize winner of the Challenge is awarded €100k. Track finalists will be awarded €15k. The Top 500 startups (100 from each continent) are invited to the Hello Tomorrow Summit to interact with sector-specific and invite-only investors, top executives and fellow founders. They will be featured in the Hello Tomorrow Global Startup Ranking for early stage science & tech startups published in collaboration with our global media partner in more than 100 countries.
    Startups that have raised more than €400k are not eligible to enter the Challenge but can apply to attend the Hello Tomorrow Summit or get invited if recommended by their peers as one of the most promising ventures in Science & Tech.

Read The Faq

who is supporting the challenge?

Principal Partner

BNP Paribas Logo White
BNP Paribas Logo White

Global Partners

Bloomberg
BCG
Frenchtech

Industry Partners

Roche

Healthcare

Air Liquide

Air Quality

Airbus

Industry 4.0

Butagaz

Energy

Safran

Aeronautics

Carrefour

Food & Agriculture

L'oreal

Beauty & Wellbeing

Aeroports de Paris

Transportation & Mobility

Michelin

Transportation & Mobility

Creative Partners

Cent Quatre
MAJ Digital
Younoodle

COLLABORATING PROGRAMS, UNIVERSITIES & INCUBATORS

Massachusetts Insitute of Technology
Cornell University
DTU
Centrale
Polytechnique
ETH
Flat6Labs
Imperial
Panacea
KU Leuven
Leiden
Manitoba

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