More than a hundred challenges will be laid out to give startups the chance to come up with innovative solutions to the problems by the end of March. The Viva Technology judges will then select a shortlist of startups who have completed the challenges to a high enough level to be put forward to some leading enterprise companies. The ultimate goal of the competition is to be selected for the Viva Technology Labs, a place for sharing and collaboration over the three day technology conference in June. Using Viva Technology’s platform of challenges, enterprise companies can identify the startups with the strongest potential and help them to grow itself.

If they are considered a strong enough contender, the startups will be given a stand at one of the Viva Technology Labs alongside leading companies within their sectors and the support of companies involved in the development process, including those involved in finance and partnerships.

All startups are welcome to take part in as many challenges as they would like, for free. As part of the 2017 challenges, Viva Technology has partnered with Agorize, a startup leader in open innovation challenges with enterprise companies, to help develop the programme of challenges.

Here is a selection of the Viva Technology challenges:
• An opportunity to collaborate with Manpower: How could we improve employee experience in the organizations of tomorrow?
• An opportunity to collaborate with RATP: How to improve services for public transport users?

At last year’s event, 60 of Viva Technology’s partners launched 150 challenges, which allowed 750 startups to take part in the Labs. Last year’s meetings between startups and enterprise companies gave rise to some genuine partnerships:
– Valeo signed an agreement with NAVYA Technology in order to benefit from the data processing of the sensors that are essential to smart mobility.