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, 60 of its early-stage graduates have raised more than EUR 90 million and 57 of them are still operational.
Individuals or 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 Proof Of Concept 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.
No nationality restriction. Projects must be based in Japan and willing to participate in the Tokyo event on 10 March.
The pitch contest is for you the opportunity to present your project in front of a panel of experts and improve your communication skills! In addition to that:
All participants in the Tokyo event will be considered as early-bird applicants to the Hello Tomorrow Challenge and benefit from early tips and feedbacks from the Hello Tomorrow global team to improve their application and increase their chances in the main channel selection process.
The winner at the Tokyo event gets a free pass and travel to the Hello Tomorrow Global Summit that will be held on October 26th & 27th in Paris.
The grand prize winner of the final Challenge in Paris is awarded €100k. Finalists will be awarded €15k. The Top 500 startups (100 from each continent) who are invited to the Hello Tomorrow Summit can 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.
Written applications through our online form will be pre-reviewed by a committee of experts who will work under strict confidentiality.
A maximum of 10 projects will be preselected and will be able to participate in the pitch contest on 10 March.
During the pitch contest, another judging committee (composed of a list of investors, entrepreneurs, executives or researchers which will be published online) will select one winner of the local event.
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.
There is no application fee. Pre-selected projects must fund their travel to the Tokyo event.
Applications are reviewed by a judging committee of experts. If you are selected to pitch, you will present your project to the public. Therefore, be sure not to include information you want to keep confidential in your presentation.
The application deadline is 20 February 2017. The pre-selected projects will be informed by 25 February.
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