I AM Tomorrow Challenge: DSM issues global challenge to digital startups

Eindhoven-based deep-tech venture builder HighTechXL is teaming up with 3D printing giant DSM and industry partners Hexagon and Ultimaker 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.

DSM has issued the I AM Tomorrow Challenge, a global call for entry, to digital startups focused on data analytics, AI and other advanced software to streamline the 3D printing process flow.

From the I AM Tomorrow website: Do you believe in the power of Additive Manufacturing (aka 3D printing) to create a more sustainable world, and do you have expertise in software and digital solutions?

Once again, a global tech company is looking to startups and scale-ups to help them accelerate internal R&D projects, and they realize they can’t do it alone. They’re looking to startups for tech solutions to build the digital ecosystem and help transform manufacturing.

DSM has world-class materials expertise, global reach, a vast network of customers and industry partners.

And the funds.

They’re willing to invest and build partnerships before the end of the year.

Startups from around the world can apply now through August 8. DSM will invite 20 of the most promising to a 2-day selection event in the world-class tech and innovation center, HighTechXL in Eindhoven, Netherlands.

During the selection event, startups will meet with additive manufacturing experts, network and get feedback on business propositions on the spot. DSM’s focus? To create a more sustainable future through additive manufacturing.

The stakes go up after the selection event. Ten startup finalists 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.

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


  • Potential investment or close partnership with DSM
  • Network with DSM’s additive manufacturing experts and eco-system partners, Hexagon and Ultimaker
  • Meet and network with other startups in the 3D printing industry
  • Join a formal accelerator program to launch or expand your company
  • Disrupt the conventional manufacturing industry!


Digital startups focused on streamlining industrial additive manufacturing in the first three stages of the 3D printing process flow: defining part requirements, part design and materials selection and part modeling and simulation. Startups should be in post-prototype phase and have successfully validated value propositions with customers.

DSM is looking for startups who:

  • embrace sustainability
  • have a strong desire to create a more transparent and predictable standard in the manufacturing industry
  • recognize the potential of additive manufacturing to improve the eco footprint

Startups can apply here. You can find all the information on the I AM Tomorrow Challenge website here.

June 18: Applications open

August 8: Application period ends 23:59 GMT

August 13: Selection announcement

August 29-30: Selection event at HighTechXL, Eindhoven (NL)

September 16 – November 22: I AM Tomorrow Challenge program

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

If you have questions, please contact: [email protected]

Powered by DSM in collaboration with HighTechXL and industry partners Hexagon and Ultimaker.

About DSM:

Headquartered in Heerlen, Netherlands, DSM has been in additive manufacturing for more than 20 years.

DSM is a pioneer in additive manufacturing – also known as 3D printing – with more than 20 years of materials experience. In fact, 70 percent of all cars and 100 percent of all smartphones contain some materials supplied by DSM.

DSM and its associated companies generate annual net sales of about 10 billion euros with about 23,000 employees. The company was founded in 1902 and is listed on Euronext Amsterdam.

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