The time is finally here! We have announced the 24 finalists for the Food+City Challenge who will come to Austin to compete for prizes totaling $50,000. Our Food+City Challenge prize is a food entrepreneurship competition that encourages innovative solutions for systemic problems in food waste, processing, safety, cultivation and more.
The winners will be announced on February 6th--Showcase Day--once all the finalists have given their final pitch and presentation to a panel of judges. Leading up to that time, we'll be pairing our finalists with mentors to coach them for the big day.
This year's group of finalists, to our delight, is a global bunch. Finalists are based as near as Austin, TX (where the showcase is hosted) to as far away as Bogota, Columbia and Harare, Zimbabwe. We're excited to see how these diverse perspectives will continue to push the conversation about food into a global one.
The finalists' ambitions are inspiring. From planting trees in Uganda to help mitigate climate change while increasing nutritional availability, to reducing food waste and soil erosion in Maine, the problems these groups are taking on are as big as they are varied. Some are serving up newer, sustainable forms of protein such as cricket crackers (with Rosemary, yum!). While others are using technology to conveniently bring local farm produce to your doorsteps.
Keep an eye out for more in-depth introductions of our contestants over the coming weeks. We can't wait to introduce them to you.
Missed what happened last year? Take a look at the 2015 showcase day.