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Deadline: November 16, 2018 00:00 (CET)| Apply here
Eligibility: Startups and students from around the world

Food+City Startup Challenge 2019

The Food+City Startup Challenge is an innovation program for those who are transforming food systems around the globe.

Part mentorship program and part startup competition, entrepreneurs participate for a chance to win valuable prize packages, access to industry mentors and experts, significant exposure to investor networks at the Food+City Startup Showcase during South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas, and much more.

The challenge is calling on startups and students from around the world to disrupt traditional supply chains and improve how we feed our cities.

Are you the future of food innovation?

Finalists are selected from the entries submitted during a two-month application period in the fall. The panel of experienced judges and advisors then pair the finalists with specialized mentors until the Food+City Startup Showcase in March.

At the Showcase, the finalists pitch and demonstrate their startup businesses before a live panel of judges, industry peers and attendees.

Why apply?

  • Pitch your company and gain exposure at the Food+City Startup Showcase, held during the largest technology conference in the world, South by Southwest (SXSW)
  • In addition to qualifying for prizes, finalists will have unparalleled opportunities to network with judges, mentors, investors, corporate partners, other finalists and the food innovation community at large.
  • You’ll receive feedback and support from talented and experienced mentors.
  • Your idea will be reviewed by judges and investors from a broad range of organizations.
  • You will receive ongoing promotion and visibility through Food+City’s social media platforms.
  • You will become a part of the Food+City family, which offers ongoing benefits.

Who should apply?

Entries must include a process, product, service or technology that solves a problem within the “to” of Farm to Table. For example, some of the business ideas that interest us include:

  • Food distribution technology that enables food to travel in a safer, more efficient way
  • Data systems or products that increase visibility throughout the supply chain
  • Systems that decrease waste by getting more food into and through the supply chain
  • Packaging materials that extend shelf life or reduce waste
  • Energy-saving tools that lower carbon footprint
  • Services that optimize resources within the last mile

Benefits realized from your startup may include:

  • reduced food waste
  • lowered carbon footprint
  • safer food
  • less food fraud
  • extended shelf life
  • increased traceability
  • simplified last mile
  • improved efficiencies
  • minimized expenses
  • increase food security

Ready to share your innovative company in the 2019 Food+City Startup Challenge? Register your participation by following the registration link and taking the suggested steps.


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