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    Who is eligible to the Hello Tomorrow Challenge?

    Early-stage startups or projects that have currently raised less than €400k (in equity funding, public funding and grants do not count), have a core piece of technology and are working on a product that can have great impact on the industry and/or society. To apply, projects must have a POC or a scientific validation of their claim. Projects are not required to be incorporated, but they should have clear development plans and goals. In case a non-incorporated project wins the competitions, no funds will be transferred until the company is incorporated.

    What are the verticals/tracks of the Hello Tomorrow Challenge?

    There are 10 different tracks this year: Air Quality, Healthcare, Beauty & Wellbeing, Transportation & Mobility, Energy,Food & Agriculture, Data, Waste & Water, Aeronautics, and Industry 4.0.

    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.

    What is the selection process of the Hello Tomorrow Challenge?

    The selection will occur in 3 distinctive phases. Applicants will be informed of the progress at each phase.
    (I) Continental selection – The Hello Tomorrow judging committee will select the top 10 applications per track on each continent (Europe, Asia, Africa, South America and North & Central America) based on the quality of their online application. This will result in 100 applications per continent, which will then be compiled into our Continental Ranking of the Top 500 Startups.
    (II) Global Finalists – From the pool of the Top 500 Startups, our partners and the Hello Tomorrow judging committee will select the finalist startups worldwide of the competition.
    (III) Track finalists and grand winner - Finalists will be invited to the Hello Tomorrow Summit in Paris, of which a selection will get to pitch before the judging committee. The judging committee will then select the track finalists and the grand winner.

    Who & how will the projects be judged?

    Applications will be reviewed by a judging committee of experts (investors, entrepreneurs, executives and researchers) who will work under strict confidentiality. A list and profile of the judges will be published online and made accessible to contestants prior to the Hello Tomorrow Summit.

    The applications will be judged according to the following criteria:
    + Technological innovation: The project must develop a product/service based on a new technology or an innovative application of an existing technology.
    + Potential impact: The project must have the potential to make a substantial long-term impact on business and/or society.
    + Leadership and team: The team must exhibit visionary leadership with the capabilities to drive the project towards success.
    + Economic viability: The project should have well-formulated plans for developments and goals, and a sustainable business model.

    During the Grand Finale, 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).

    What are the costs to apply?

    Applications to the Hello Tomorrow Challenge are entirely free.
    Hello Tomorrow will offer 2 tickets to each the top 100 startups to attend the Global Summit (October 13th-14th).
    Hello Tomorrow does not take equity from startups.
    Hello Tomorrow does not cover travel & accommodations for the Global Summit. However, if you have difficulties travelling to Paris or obtaining a Visa, feel free to contact us and we will do our best to support you.

    Is my information confidential?

    Applications are reviewed by a judging committee of experts. The information on your application remains absolutely confidential and is restricted to these the judging committee, the Hello Tomorrow team and partners who sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement, available upon request. 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 relevant 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?

    Top 500 startups will be notified no later than July 31st. If you are one of the 100 startups selected to pitch during the Summit, you will be notified during the month of August 2016.

    Can I apply in 2 different tracks?

    You shouldn’t, you would lose some time. Even if your project has multiple potential applications, you have to identify the track where you would have the best chance to win. Eventually, if the judging committee believes that you’re a better fit in another track, we will suggest that you change.

    How is it different from local competitions in other countries?

    Contrary to local challenges, Hello Tomorrow Challenge provides global visibility through international media, a global ranking of early-stage startups, and the connections startups build at the Hello Tomorrow Summit (2,500 attendees from 67 countries in 2015). The Summit is invite-only and the Challenge provides startups and partners an opportunity to be part of an interdisciplinary ecosystem.

    How is it different from other global events and competitions?

    We acknowledge the distinct needs of science & tech startups, ensuring that they are not pigeonholed into “digital.” At the Summit, experts in science and technology, including investors, executives, entrepreneurs and potential customers, are all brought under one roof with a solid understanding of the potential impact of new solutions.