Explore Innovation at the 2017 Food+City Challenge Prize

What is the food+City CHallenge Prize?

The Food+City Challenge Prize is an international startup competition that encourages innovation in the urban food system. We encourage entrepreneurs from across the globe to create businesses and discover technologies that get healthier food to more people with less waste in a more efficient way.  Finalists compete for a $50,000 purse and a sweet package of products and services. The eighteen finalists in the 2017 competition hail from nine different countries. Each of the finalists has their own unique way of addressing the many intricacies of how we feed cities. We're shining a spotlight on critical food supply chain issues and showcasing new business solutions that can improve how we feed cities around the world.

What is the F+C Challenge prize process?

We go out with a call for submissions around the world between July 1st and October 15th 2016. Our esteemed advisers choose finalists from the entries submitted. We then pair the finalists with qualified mentors until  Prize Day, February 4th, 2017. Finalists convene in Austin on February 4th, 2017 to compete for $50,000 dollars and in-kind prizes from Moo.com and RWR Legal. 

kickoff Prize with our JEFFERSONIAN DINNErs

Join us to Reimagine the Last Food Mile at our Jeffersonian Dinner Experience on February 2, 2017. We're excited to add a new forum to kick off Prize weekend — small group Jeffersonian Dinners — for those who want to dig deeper. Join us for a three-course meal (including wine) and an intimate, collaborative, conversational experience with a single focus: innovation in the last food mile. Together, let's explore this topic at top Austin restaurants El Naranjo and Central Standard. Build meaningful connections while supporting an impactful nonprofit with other food-focused entrepreneurs, funders, consultants and eaters during this intimate gathering.  

Come watch 18 finalists from around the world convene in Austin on February 4, 2017 to compete for cash awards up to $50,000. After 12 weeks of working with industry-expert mentors to perfect their pitches, teams will present their business ideas to a panel of judges and competition attendees. Join us Saturday, February 4th from 11:00 AM to 4:30 PM at the University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business Atrium.  

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