Hello Tomorrow Global Challenge 2021

The world-renowned deep tech startup competition

The Hello Tomorrow Challenge is a global startup competition for promising early-stage projects & startups harnessing science & technology to solve the world’s toughest challenges.

The Challenge gives scientists and deeptech entrepreneurs around the globe a platform for their research and projects, providing participants with equity-free funding, global visibility and connections with key players in the deeptech innovation network and other fellow entrepreneurs. To date, previous early-stage participants have raised more than $300 million in funding.

The Challenge covers 14 tracks

We welcome innovation across all industries

  • Aeronautics
  • Advanced computing & AI
  • Cybersecurity & communication
  • Digital health & medical devices
  • Drug discovery
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Food & agriculture
  • Industrial biotech
  • Industry 4.0
  • Medical biotech
  • Mobility
  • New space
  • Smart city

Why apply?

A competition designed for science and deep tech entrepreneurs.


  • Track Winners will get customized coaching sessions by our experts & personal introductions with relevant investors & potential partners and clients.
  • Connect with leading industry experts, investors, accelerators & fellow entrepreneurs.
  • Become part of the Deep Tech Pioneers community & get all-year access to a global deep tech ecosystem to receive business and funding opportunities.


  • Receive the Deep Tech Pioneer recognition & get a chance to be featured in our reports and invited to speak at future events.
  • Opportunities to pitch or showcase in front of a curated audience of renowned industry leaders & investors.
  • Get spotted by international media, with interview opportunities.


  • €100K Grand Prize, €30K 2nd prize and €20K 3rd prize – all equity-free, no strings attached.
  • Advertise your open fundraising opportunities to our active international investor network
  • A dedicated Investor Day for 1-on-1 meetings with 200+ renowned VCs and CVCs.

Challenge eligibility

Am I eligible to apply?

We welcome startups that are:

  • In the early stage of development or the beginning of their commercialisation phase
  • Based on a new technology, a scientific discovery or a complex engineering process
  • Addressing an industrial, societal or environmental unmet need or creating a new market
  • Composed of a team of at least 2 people
  • Not a subsidiary or spin-off of an existing company


June 25, 2021
Program dates Dec 1 - Dec 3, 2021
Organizer Hello Tomorrow
Website Visit website
Targets Africa
Sectors Sector agnostic