Frequently Asked Questions

What is a challenge competition?

A challenge competition is a process designed to find new solutions and technologies for a specific challenge. As part of the process, the solutions submitted are examined on the basis of pre-determined criteria (applicability, relevance, concept stage, etc.) and the most relevant solutions receive mentoring and a funded pilot at the medical center.

What’s the schedule of the competition?

21.3.2021 – Competition opens for submissions

29.4.2021 – Submission deadline

10.5.2021 - First screening committee announces which solutions move on to the presentation stage

24.5.2021 - Solution presentation event (will take place in accordance with the Corona restrictions) and selection of the solutions that move on to the pilot phase

June 2021 - Pilot planning and designing

10.7.2021 - Judging committee announces the winners

Who can submit a solution?

Entrepreneurs, startups or tech companies that can offer a relevant solution for one of the listed challenges. Mature solutions, beyond the concept stage, will have an advantage but each solution will be examined individually.

Startups from abroad are welcome.

What’s the prize?

The selected solutions will receive a sponsored pilot and cooperation at Soroka Medical Center, accompanied by the center's staff and a feasibility test for full implementation of the solution. Solutions that will pass the initial presentation phase will gain experience in designing a pilot with a medical center, closely accompanied by senior content experts from Soroka Medical Center and from the energy and health fields.

Who are the partners in the process?

The leading partners in the challenge competition are Soroka Medical Center, HealthIL community and PLANETech community. In addition, Beer Sheva’s Municipality, Ben Gurion University, the Beer Sheva Innovation District and Desertech community are taking part in the process. Solutions that won’t be found suitable for Soroka Medical Center will be able to go through the partners examination with the possibility for direct contact with them.

How are the winning solutions selected?

Winning solutions will be selected according to a number of criteria, including:

  • Applicability and feasibility for future implementation at Soroka Medical Center
  • Relevance to the challenges as specified above
  • Energy efficiency and economic savings
  • Innovation and uniqueness

I have a solution for a different challenge in the field. Can it be submitted?

The challenges as described in the competition reflect the specific needs identified by Soroka Medical Center as having high potential for energy efficiency. Additional solutions that do not meet one of the challenges can be submitted as long as they contribute to energy efficiency. In such a case we’ll examine each solution individually.

Is the submission open to startups from abroad?

Yes. Submission is open to entrepreneurs and startups from abroad who can offer a solution for one of the challenges listed above, assuming they can present the solution and implement a pilot in Israel [A1] during the months following the competition.