Air Liquide, a partner of the Hello Tomorrow Challenge 2016, supports start-ups that tackle air pollution

Air Liquide is a partner of the third edition of the Hello Tomorrow Challenge, a global competition for early-stage science start-ups. Following several months of competition, around forty start-ups in the Air Quality category were assessed by Air Liquide employees. 7 start-ups are selected for the final round of the challenge, which will take place in the CentQuatre premises, in Paris, on October 13-14.

  • AirVisual (China) develops an air quality forecasting technology for more than 8,000 cities worldwide.
  • DFD (France), a CEA (French Atomic Energy and Alternative Energy Commission) spin-off, offers a safe and eco-friendly alternative for degreasing mechanical parts to traditional processes currently in application, thus avoiding VOCs emissions.
  • Citytree (Germany) offers urban landscapes able to measure outdoor air quality, and to purify it
  • TerraOak (Ghana) offers a cooking stove that enables to reduce indoor air pollutants and to convert heat energy into power.
  • Sensichips (Italy) develops innovative sensors to measure air pollution.
  • White Lab (UK) develops a technology to measure airborne allergens.
  • Arborea (UK) offers a technology to artificially reproduce photosynthesis and absorb CO2.

In the Air Quality category, the winning start-up will be selected by a jury made up of an Air Liquide representative, investors, and an entrepreneur. It will be awarded a €15,000 prize and will compete for the Final and try to win the Grand Prize, across all categories, and the €100,000 award associated.

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.

Launched in December 2014, the Hello Tomorrow challenge gathers almost 5,000 start-ups from 112 countries, relying on its ambassador network to promote the event at a local scale.

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 a number of disruptive technologies, as well as potential collaborations within the global innovation ecosystem.

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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.
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* 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.