Hello Tomorrow Challenge: where science meets business
The aim of this international event is to connect, promote and accelerate young talent. Selected from over 4,500 entries from 119 countries, the 80 best start-ups were presented in 12 categories. France was the second most represented country at the Hello Tomorrow Global Challenge with 11% entries, shortly behind the United States (20%).
Entries were divided into various categories: Aeronautics - Data & AI - Digital Health - Energy - Food, Agriculture & Environment - Global Health - Industrial Biotech - Industry 4.0 - New Materials - New Mobility - New Space - Wellbeing.
RxAll, winner of the Hello Tomorrow Global Challenge 2019 Grand Prize, tackles the global scourge of counterfeit drugs:
Fake drugs represent a $30 billion industry. Patients around the world are at risk, particularly in developing countries. In 2017, fake drugs were the cause of hundreds of thousands of deaths worldwide.
The innovation of Nigerian start-up RxAll, founded by Adebayo Alonge, is a mobile nanoscanner. RxScanner authenticates drugs and helps patients avoid dangerous counterfeits. Its proprietary machine learning algorithm reads the scan from the nanoscanner, identifies the drug and assesses its level of quality. It records the test result against a blockchain ledger and returns the quality report to the mobile app in 20 seconds, so virtually in real time, in the palm of your hand.
Adebayo Alonge received the Global Challenge prize of €100,000 from BNP Paribas, a Global Partner of Hello Tomorrow. The prize was handed over by Andréas Lambropoulos, Head of Strategic Initiatives at BNP Paribas International Financial Services.
BNP Paribas and its WAI offer at Hello Tomorrow Summit
BNP Paribas, a Hello Tomorrow Global Summit global partner since 2016, presented some start-ups that are backed by WAI, a programme that supports companies that want to innovate: start-ups, but also mid-sized and large companies.
Sysnav, geo-tracking in extreme conditions
Sysnav is a French start-up that offers navigation and geo-tracking solutions without infrastructure, in all conditions, even the most extreme. It makes up for the shortcomings of GPS in areas that are obstructed or not covered by satellite network. It is used in a variety of fields: Medical, Rail, Airports, Seaports, Mines/Construction, etc.
COSMO TECH, augmented intelligence :
This Lyon-based start-up, Cosmo Tech, designs simulation software based on human expertise that analyses data to help managers anticipate the impacts of strategic decisions.
Deep Techs are start-ups that offer products or services based on disruptive innovations. Their goal is to tackle the great challenges of the 21st century in all fields: health, biotech, industry, climate change, etc. Deep Tech start-ups are often economically fragile as they address markets that mostly still need to be built.