Air Liquide has been a partner of the Hello Tomorrow Global Challenge since its first edition in 2014, taking part in the selection of the best deep tech startups in the Energy track. This year, Air Liquide teams were involved in many countries. Collaborators met with inspiring and experienced deeptech entrepreneurs at Hello Tomorrow’s regional events in France, Singapore, Turkey and Japan, reflecting the Group’s global open innovation approach.
Over the last 6 months the jury composed of 30 experts from Air Liquide screened 40 candidates from diverse fields and geographies. Coreshell Technologies became a finalist of the competition in the Energy track along with 5 other most promising deeptech startups developing innovative solutions for energy such as drones harvesting energy from altitude wind, or ultra-compact hydrogen generators. The jury evaluated the startups based on technology innovation, economic viability, team and social impact. The efficiency of Coreshell Technologies solution who won the Hello Tomorrow Global Challenge has already been proven at lab scale. The growing market of longer-lasting, more efficient, sustainable Li-ion batteries has a large potential of positive environmental, industrial and social impact.
“Connection to such innovation ecosystem as Hello Tomorrow lets Air Liquide access new technologies and help deep-tech entrepreneurs accelerate the industrialisation of their solutions. This win-win collaboration is the principle of our relationship with startups,” says Olivier Delabroy, VP Group Digital Transformation.
i-Lab is Air Liquide’s innovation laboratory. It aims at exploring new markets through a user-centric
approach so as to detect, test and accelerate new growth opportunities for the Group. Both a place for reflection and experimentation, i-Lab develops new offers in conjunction with various innovation, operations and business units teams within the Group, while spreading new ways of working.
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Air Liquide’s ambition is to be a leader in 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 revenue amounted to 21 billion euros in 2018 and its solutions that protect life and the environment represented more than 40% of sales. Air Liquide is listed on the Euronext Paris stock exchange (compartment A) and belongs to the CAC 40, EURO STOXX 50 and FTSE4Good indexes.
Hello Tomorrow is a global organisation dedicated to leveraging deep technologies to help solve world challenges. Through our Global startup Challenge, which has had 18,000 applications from over 100 countries since 2014, we identify deeptech solutions by partnering with universities and research labs. We empower the pioneers who drive these solutions and connect them with industry leaders, investors, researchers and regulators through conferences and networking events in 11 countries. In addition to facilitating a global deeptech ecosystem, we offer consulting services to help companies integrate deep tech into their strategies, enable their organisation to adapt to faster and more open innovation, and train them to be more agile.
For more information, please visit hello-tomorrow.org.