DSM, HighTechXL and Get in the Ring, are looking for startups and scale-ups with solutions in additive manufacturing. Join DSM’s  I AM Tomorrow Challenge to turn the conventional manufacturing industry on its head.

DSM, a global science company and pioneer in additive manufacturing, wants to accelerate and invest in your business. Why? Because we recognize the power of 3D printing, and we have world-class materials expertise, global reach, a great network of customers and industry partners, and the funds. But we cannot do this alone. We know YOUR tech solutions are the keys to building the digital eco system that will transform manufacturing for a brighter tomorrow.

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DSM is committed to innovation to create a brighter future for all. Through its corporate venture arm, DSM Venturing, DSM has invested in more than 75 innovative startup companies in the US, Europe, and Israel through venturing over the last two decades, with currently more than 35 active portfolio companies. Our typical investment over the lifetime of a startup varies from 2-10 million (USD/ EUR), after a typical first investment of 1-5 million (USD/EUR). The I AM Tomorrow Challenge is the ninth startup innovation challenge of its kind supported by DSM. Recent challenges include the 2018 and 2017 SunRISE programs to accelerate innovation in solar energy. DSM Venturing invested in four SunRISE startup companies and DSM Solar signed structured partnerships with several more of the program participants. DSM is experienced in nurturing and challenging startup companies to grow and succeed with the aim of building a more sustainable future.

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Startups from around the world can apply now through August 8. We’ll invite 20 of the most promising to our selection days where industry experts will assess your pitches during a 2-day selection event in the world-class tech and innovation center, HighTechXL in Eindhoven, Netherlands.

During the selection event, you’ll have the chance to meet with additive manufacturing experts, expand your network and gain knowledge on the spot. You’ll share your business model and goals, and together, we’ll explore how to create a more sustainable future through additive manufacturing.

Then the stakes get higher. Ten startups will be invited to join a 10-week acceleration program in two tech and innovation centers: Boston, MA (USA) and Eindhoven (The Netherlands) at HighTechXL on High Tech Campus. There, expert coaching, masterclasses, and networking opportunities will help grow your company, moving toward a world where more efficient, sustainable manufacturing is the new reality.

At the end of it all, DSM will invite selected startups to become official partners and announce which startups are eligible for an investment from DSM Venturing.

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DSM is looking for startups focused on data analytics, AI and other advanced software to improve the process of Additive Manufacturing prior to prototyping. The goal for DSM sees the need for digital solutions that provide manufacturers with different additive manufacturing scenarios, enabling them to select the best option across:

●     Performance:  Software connecting technical information between the three steps to optimize technical performance of the object to be realised (identification, re-design, simulation).

●     Cost: Software comparing total lifecycle cost of AM method vs. traditional methods.

●     Sustainability: Software using data from the digital ecosystem to create a transparent value circle from product creation to end-of-life, where the used materials will be recycled/repurposed for use in new or different applications.


●      Potential investment or close partnership with DSM

●      Network with DSM’s additive manufacturing experts and our ecosystem partners, Hexagon and Ultimaker

●      Meet & network with other startups in your industry

●      Experience a formal accelerator program to launch or expand your company

●      Disrupt the conventional manufacturing industry!


You should

●      Have a working prototype / service

●      Have validated your value proposition with customers

●      Embrace sustainability and desire to create a more transparent and predictable standard in the manufacturing industry

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June 12: Applications open

August 8: Application Deadline

The deadline for applications is on the 8th of August 23:59 GMT

August 13: Selection announcement

August 29-30: Selection event at HighTechXL

2-Day event with more than 50 additive manufacturing experts

September 16 - November 22: I AM Tomorrow Challenge program

Challenge program with HighTechXL begins

Please note: Accommodations will be made available. If your application results in any extra costs, compensation is possible.

If you have questions please contact: info@iamtomorrowchallenge.com




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DSM delivers innovative solutions for human nutrition, animal nutrition, personal care and aroma, medical devices, green products and applications, and new mobility and connectivity.

DSM and its associated companies deliver annual net sales of about €10 billion with approximately 23,000 employees. The company was founded in 1902 and is listed on Euronext Amsterdam. (More Info.)


IN collAboration with hightechXL

Founded in 2015, HighTechXL began as a focused effort to bolster Eindhoven’s tech scene by making sure promising early-stage startups got the guidance and financial support to advance to market.

By partnering with Eindhoven’s multinational tech giants, we developed a three-month acceleration program specialized in supporting hardware startups. HighTechXL's efforts were spectacularly successful, with a 60-plus percent survival rate. Moreover, we produced an amazing number of transformative companies in multiple market sectors.

In 2018, we pivoted to venture-building, creating teams around the advanced technologies developed at CERN, Philips, TNO, Nikhef and other global research centers. Now, those teams spend nine months in an even more intense process that takes them to international competitions as they raise capital and perfect their deep-tech MVPs.

We support them in developing the skills, learning the methods and using the right tools necessary to expand their business. (More Info.)


IN collAboration with HEXAGON

Hexagon is a global leader in sensor, software and autonomous technologies. We are putting data to work to boost efficiency, productivity, and quality across industrial, manufacturing, infrastructure, safety, and mobility applications.

Our technologies are shaping urban and production ecosystems to become increasingly connected and autonomous – ensuring a scalable, sustainable future.

Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division provides solutions that utilise data from design and engineering, production and metrology to make manufacturing smarter.

Hexagon (Nasdaq Stockholm: HEXA B) has approximately 20,000 employees in 50 countries and net sales of approximately 3.8bn EUR. (More Info. and follow us @HexagonAB.)