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"Hello Tomorrow": Safran at the forefront of innovation and deep tech

Innovation

On December 2 and 3, Safran took part in the "Hello Tomorrow Global Summit" in Paris, an annual event dedicated to companies committed to the development of disruptive technologies. The Group sponsored the Global Challenge competition and awarded the Aerospace prize to the start-up Aeroflux Braking Systems, which specializes in magnetic brakes for aircraft. We take a look back at this event, which celebrates deep tech!

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Scientists, entrepreneurs, researchers, investors and industrialists from around the world met on December 2 and 3 at the Cent-quatre venue in Paris for the ultimate deep tech event: "Hello Tomorrow Global Summit." This annual event is dedicated to start-ups developing disruptive technologies in the healthcare, food processing, energy and communications sectors, as well as in the aerospace industry!

Safran had an exhibit area showcasing the Group's expertise and strategic focus, notably in the area of the decarbonization of the aviation industry. The booth also featured products from several start-ups:

  • Cailabs, a photonics start-up that has developed a technology for shaping light;
  • DIOTA, which specializes in augmented reality for the Industry;
  • Turbotech, a specialist in turbo engines and hybrid propulsion;
  • Outsight, a French start-up working on LiDAR-based 3D computer perception technologies;
  • Geotrend, an economic intelligence solution that can rapidly map entire economic and technological ecosystems.

These emerging companies are supported by Safran Corporate Ventures, the Group's investment subsidiary tasked with financing startups that have developed disruptive technology or business models applicable to the aviation, space and defense sectors.

Visitors also had the opportunity to meet the SafeÆR team, winners of season 2 of the "We Love Intrapreneurs" initiative, who are attempting to revolutionize the air filter market thanks to a new innovative process that enables the non-destructive measurement of the saturation levels of anti-gas filters.

 

"GLOBAL CHALLENGE": 76 START-UPS SELECTED

One of the highlights of the annual Hello Tomorrow Global Summit, the "Global Challenge" rewards start-ups that provide solutions in the fields of health, mobility, communication, food processing, industry, IT, new materials, etc. 76 start-ups were selected this year, and each was required to make a pitch to win over the jury. 12 projects were awarded a prize, and each team received a check for 15,000 euros. The jury in the "Aerospace" category, sponsored by Safran, awarded the prize in this category to the start-up Aeroflux Braking Systems.

 

AEROFLUX BRAKING SYSTEMS WINS IN THE "AEROSPACE" CATEGORY

This Canadian start-up is involved in the design, development and manufacture of magnetic brakes for business, regional and commercial aircraft. "Our innovative braking technology will provide contact-free, wear-free braking, even for large commercial aircraft. Aeroflux brakes never need to be replaced and operate optimally in all weather conditions. By virtually eliminating wear and tear, our brakes allow airlines to reduce maintenance costs each and every year," said Nikola Kostic, founder of Aeroflux Braking Systems and a young mechanical engineering graduate from the University of Toronto.

Grégoire Aladjidi, Chief Innovation Officer and President of Safran Corporate Ventures, presented the award to Aeroflux Braking Systems at the closing ceremony of the summit.

Grégoire Aladjidi, directeur de l’innovation et président de Safran Corporate Ventures et Nikola Kostic, fondateur d’Aeroflux Braking Systems
Grégoire Aladjidi, Chief Innovation Officer and President of Safran Corporate Ventures, presented the award to Nikola Kostic, founder of Aeroflux Braking Systems.
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