2016 Food+City Challenge Prize Industry and Academic Partners


Officially opened in January 2013 at Texas A&M University, Startup Aggieland is a student business accelerator that provides qualified students of all majors with a peer-led startup community that helps students to leverage public and private resources while launching early stage ventures. Startup Aggieland is among the nation’s first student-designed, student-operated business accelerators to serve student startups. Startup Aggieland is open to all qualified Texas A&M University students enrolled at the College Station campus.


The Lemelson-MIT Program celebrates outstanding inventors and inspires young people to pursue creative lives and careers through invention. We recognize emerging collegiate inventors whose inventions could impact important sectors of the global economy and honor mid-career inventors with a prestigious cash prize. We also encourage youth to invent and develop their hands-on skills in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) through two national grants initiatives for grades 9-12.


The Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship Growth and Renewal is not just about new ventures, it’s also about teaching, learning and researching entrepreneurship and business enterprise. The entrepreneurial research done at McCombs, by both McCombs faculty and faculty around the university enables companies in Texas and the nation to improve their course of action, advance company growth with more effective preparation and initiate renewal in mature companies that would otherwise fail.


Austin is defined, in part, by both its technology prowess and its entrepreneurial spirit. It has become one of the fastest growing and most desirable American cities since the 90′s because inventors, investors, business leaders, boots trappers, programmers, and passionate people have made it so. Rice Alliance – Austin Chapter seeks to further shape Austin by being an engine to educate and connect various entities in this entrepreneurial ecosystem.


As one of the nation’s premier public research institutions, The University of Texas at Austin is the originator of many novel and useful discoveries each year. The Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC) helps university employees protect and commercialize new and useful inventions that are potentially patentable or copyrightable.”


The School of Human Ecology at UT-Austin consist of Human Development and Family Services, Nutritional Sciences, Textiles and Apparel. We are passionate about training the next generation of ‘science based, human focused’ Longhorns at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.


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The Food Business School

The Food Business School will enable and empower entrepreneurial leaders to design, deliver and lead transformative innovations that address the world’s most pressing food challenges — and its greatest business opportunities.


Barnraisers is a social and funding community that allows its members to influence and scale the food movement by connecting to innovators of sustainable food and farming, celebrating their stories, and collectively backing projects that shape how we farm and eat, locally and globally.


Food+Tech Connect is the platform for good food innovation. Through our news and analysis, online food business courses and events, we’re making it easier for food and agriculture entrepreneurs to create a better future for food.