BCG is a strategic partner to Hello Tomorrow, an international nonprofit that promotes early-stage deep-technology startups. Their aim is to solve some of the biggest industrial and societal challenges by propelling deep-tech solutions from the lab to the market.
Since the formation of our partnership in 2017, Hello Tomorrow has granted BCG—and our clients—early access to emerging technologies, as well as a network of over 3,000 deep-tech startups across 22 industries, from health care to energy to consumer to agriculture. Together we produce joint publications and engage in global events.
In our role as Hello Tomorrow's exclusive global consulting partner, we have studied the critical role of large companies in the broad ecosystem that supports deep-tech startups—including how those big players can partner with startups to develop unique, proprietary, and hard-to-reproduce advances in technology and science.
Deep tech, or deep technologies, are novel technologies that represent significant advances over those currently in use. Three attributes characterize deep tech in business: the potential to have a big impact, substantial development time, and a significant capital investment.
The first rule for all would-be players with an interest in emerging technologies is to set their goals and get into the game.
The alumni team sat down with Arnaud de la Tour, CEO and cofounder of Hello Tomorrow, a nonprofit organization that propels innovation from the lab to the market. They talk about Hello Tomorrow, Arnaud's career path, and how the skills he learned at BCG influence his work today.
The 2019 Hello Tomorrow Global Summit took place in Paris, on March 14-15, 2019. It offers founders and investors—whether corporate or academic—the opportunity to step into tomorrow. They will travel to a place where organ shortages no longer exist, our clothes are biofabricated, and travelling thousands of miles across the planet takes just a few hours. Attendees, both physical and virtual, are invited to expand their perceptions of tomorrow, through a program packed with visionary keynotes and expert panels.
BCG has been participating in the annual Hello Tomorrow Global Summits since 2016, bringing an active delegation of both BCGers and clients. Each summit is attended by thousands of deep tech experts and enthusiasts.