In 2016, Hello Tomorrow Challenge prize winners shared prize money of €250,000 and met 120 of the world’s biggest Venture Capitalists, which allowed them to accelerate their project and while previously reserved for early-stage startups, this year the Hello Tomorrow Challenge is now accepting more mature startups, who have raised up to €2 million.
Deep tech is fast infiltrating our daily lives, and is on track to revolutionise the world around us. The transformation of our most pressing environmental and social issues has already begun through innovative advances in science and technology, be it via specialised cancer treatments or new methods of reforestation. This is at the very heart of what Hello Tomorrow does, and it is from this desire to transform society through technology that the Hello Tomorrow Challenge was born, in order to support those behind these incredible advances.
Hello Tomorrow selects 500 projects with potential for strong long-term impact from over 3,500 startup candidates in 10 Challenge Tracks, each one corresponding to a different sector. Since 2014, Challenge finalists have managed to raise nearly €120M and have gone on to achieve ever-increasing success.
The Challenge culminates at the Global Summit, which is dedicated to rewarding the best projects selected from the Top 500 startups. The Global Summit is, above all else, created to maximise fruitful meetings between startups and potential partners. With more than 50% of all participants coming from outside of France, this truly international and atmospheric event is organised every year as an experience within itself. The selective dimension is reflected in the high quality of the visitors and speakers. New on the agenda this year is also an Investor Summit, a whole day dedicated to introducing startups to a network of international investors (Atomico, Index, Accel, Lakestar…).
Hello Tomorrow also facilitates the startups access to a network of potential partners and invites them to join a passionate community, which uses science and technology to create a brighter future. Hello Tomorrow works with partners such as Worldwide Partner BNP Paribas, BCG, la French Tech, L’Oréal, Carrefour, Air Liquide, Groupe ADP, Michelin, Solvay, and Sycomore Asset Management.