Challenge Cup

Here is the notice of our selection to attend and present a pitch for development support for POD WORKS GLOBAL - a global cooperative that will support the startup of POD Pioneers and local POD Works enterprise all around the world. Therefore we look now for partners (and Private/Public Partnerships) that will incubate, mentor and provide financial backing. Who in Tel Aviv might be able to attend on our behalf as a collaborative partner - or "PODner" - if you believe in "open" communities and like the Sola Roof innovation please consider applying to attend - contact me: Richard Nelson (

Our invitation to compete in the Energy Category of the Challenge Cup:

Hi POD Works Global team,

Thank you for applying to the Challenge Cup. We're happy to announce that POD Works Global has been accepted to compete in Tel Aviv Energy Challenge Cup!

1776 has also organized programming for February 5th and February 6th. Please feel free to participate in any or all of the below sessions. For the competition phase of the event, you will present a "1-minute pitch" during the first round. If you are selected as a finalist, you will present a 5 minute pitch and answer questions from the judges. Please have a 4-slide presentation prepared in English 3 days before the competition. Please respond by February 1st to confirm both your participation in the competition and your attendance at each of the below events.

February 5th Watchitoo Office 1 Azrieli Center 19th Floor, Tel Aviv, 67021 5:00pm – 7:00pm Dinner for participating startups, mentors, and speakers; discussion on accessing global capital markets with a speaker John Medved from Our Crowd.

February 6st Microsoft – Herzliya R&D Center 13 Shenkar St., Gav-Yam, Building No. 5, Herzliya, 46725 9:30am – 10:30am Energy & Smart Cities roundtable 11:00am – 12:00pm Education roundtable 12:30pm – 1:30pm Health roundtable 2:00pm – 3:30pm Pitch coaching 3:30pm – 5:30pm Open time for mentor meetings and 1776 media interviews 5:30pm – 9:00pm Challenge Cup Competition Timing 5:30pm – 6:00pm networking 6:00pm – 7:00pm 1 minute pitches 7:00pm – 7:15pm break for judge deliberation 7:15pm – 8:15pm finalists present (2 from each category) – 5 minute pitches plus 3 minute judge Q&A 8:15pm – 8:30pm break for judge deliberation 8:30pm – Announcement of winners

Best Regards, Lauris & The Challenge Cup Team

in a further email Lauris clarifies these points:

Hi Richard,

Thanks for questions! Here are the answers: 1) Any of your team can pitch your startup, and other teammates can participate also in other competition events. 2) Alternatively, you can also move your participation to New Delhi where competition will take place on February 22nd. 3) Should you wish to discuss collaboration with 1776, you are free to discuss it with any of our Challenge Cup team during regional competitions.

Best, Lauris