Air Liquide is a partner of the third edition of the Hello Tomorrow Challenge, an international contest for technology start-ups. Following several months of competition, the six semi-finalist start-ups in the Air Quality category – DFD, Sensichips, AirVisual, White Lab, TerraOak, and Citytree – took part in the Hello Tomorrow Global Summit held on October 13&14 in the CentQuatre premises, in Paris (France). The jury was made of representatives from the Air Liquide i-Lab, the Demeter Partners and ETF Partners investment funds, and the Hax accelerator. During their pitch, each start-up tried to convince the jury that their technology had the greatest potential and impact to address the effects of air pollution.
White Lab, the winner in the Air Quality category, was awarded a €15,000 prize by Olivier Delabroy, Founder of i-Lab and Digital transformation Vice-President of Air Liquide.
The English start-up White Lab developed Sensio Air, a technology to measure airborne allergens. The Sensio Air connected device measures and characterizes airborne particles allowing people with asthma and allergies to take the appropriate actions and improve their quality of life.
The Hello Tomorrow challenge is open to young researchers and entrepreneur from around the world. It aims to promote projects that combine both science and technology, within 10 industrial categories: Aeronautics, Food & Agriculture, Beauty & Well-being, Data & A.I., Water & Waste, Energy, Air Quality, Industry 4.0, Healthcare, Transportation & Mobility. Air Liquide is the sponsor of the Air Quality category, which was created in 2016.
All along the competition, the Air Liquide teams were fully involved into the Hello Tomorrow challenge. Group employees assessed the 40 pre-selected start-ups based on criteria such as the technological innovation submitted, the potential of the target market, the societal impact and the team’s profile.
Air Liquide’s participation to the Hello Tomorrow challenge is in line with the open innovation approach of the Group. With this challenge, Air Liquide can identify disruptive technologies, as well as potential collaborations within the global innovation ecosystem.
During the Hello Tomorrow Global Summit, Air Liquide’s i-Lab presented “Act For Air”, its collaborative innovation platform dedicated to the improvement of urban air quality. The i-Lab has launched several air quality initiatives since 2014 through the “Breathe in the City” project. This collaborative innovation platform -www.actforair.com- aims to rally all stakeholders (industrial players, public authorities, start-ups, scientists, lecturers-researchers) to encourage them to take action, help bring forth new initiatives and innovation projects, as well as enable other stakeholders to meet and work together on a project.
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About i-Lab Air Liquide
The i-Lab is Air Liquide laboratory for new ideas, to help accelerate the pace of innovation and explore new markets. Its mission is to help accelerate the pace of innovation and explore new markets. Boasting both a think tank and a venue for experimentation,, the i-Lab develops new products, solutions, and technologies in conjunction with the Group’s Innovation units and World Business Lines. @iLabAirLiquide – ilab.airliquide.com
About Air Liquide Group
The world leader in gases, technologies and services for Industry and Health, Air Liquide is present in 80 countries with approximately 68,000 employees and serves more than 3 million customers and patients*. Oxygen, nitrogen and hydrogen are essential small molecules for life, matter and energy. They embody Air Liquide’s scientific territory and have been at the core of the company’s activities since its creation in 1902.
Air Liquide’s ambition is to lead its industry, deliver long-term performance and contribute to sustainability. The company’s customer-centric transformation strategy aims at profitable growth over the long term. It relies on operational excellence, selective investments, open innovation and a network organization implemented by the Group worldwide. Through the commitment and inventiveness of its people, Air Liquide leverages energy and environment transition, changes in healthcare and digitization, and delivers greater value to all its stakeholders.
Air Liquide’s revenues amounted to €16.4 billion in 2015, and its solutions that protect life and the environment represented more than 40% of sales. On 23 May 2016, Air Liquide completed its acquisition of Airgas, which had revenues amounting to $5.3 billion (around €4.8 billion) for the fiscal year ending 31 March 2016.
Air Liquide is listed on the Paris Euronext stock exchange (compartment A) and belongs to the CAC 40 and Dow Jones Euro Stoxx 50 indexes.
* Following the acquisition of Airgas on 23 May 2016
About Hello Tomorrow
Hello Tomorrow is a non-profit organization founded in 2011. It aims to bridge the gap between science entrepreneurs, investors, and corporations in all major scientific and technological fields. Today, it is a global, interdisciplinary community with presence across 45 countries. It organizes local events and the annual Global Summit in Paris, gathering more than 15,000 innovators within the Hello Tomorrow ecosystem. The Hello Tomorrow Challenge, a global startup competition, has attracted nearly 5,000 startups across 112 countries since its inception in 2014. To date, €65 million has been raised by Hello Tomorrow’s finalists.