Food+City Challenge Prize 2018

Challenge prize competition to improve urban food distribution selects 15 finalists to pitch at SXSW for up to $50,000 in prize money

December 07, 2017 - (AUSTIN, Texas)—After three months of fielding submissions from 13 different countries, Food+City has chosen 15 finalists to compete for up to $50,000 in prize money to improve how we feed cities through innovative and cutting edge solutions.

The Food+City Challenge Prize is an annual contest hosted by the Austin-based non-profit that inspires action and change in food logistics. In 2018, the Challenge Prize will be at SXSW for the first time as part of the Startups and Tech track. Applicants are asked to discover new ways to provide more people access to safe, nutritious food. The Food+City Challenge Prize serves to connect entrepreneurs and early-stage startups to mentorship that can help expand and grow their business.

Finalists for the Food+City Challenge Prize are currently being paired with mentors to help them prepare for the Food+City Challenge Prize competition in March 2018 at SXSW. Food+City Challenge Prize finalists will present their projects to a panel of judges, and are automatically in the running for up to $50,000 in prize money and an incredible package of business startup services to use toward their proposed business. The finalists for this year’s Food+City Challenge Prize come from an exciting and diverse range of backgrounds.

The 2017 finalists are as follows:

  • Afresh uses data science to reduce food waste in supermarkets-a $40B US problem!-by providing intelligent food replenishment recommendations. Check out their website.

  • Aggressively Organic offers a simple hydroponic system for plant-to-plate food production that anyone can afford and use regardless of experience and space. Check out their website.

  • AgroRacks has a plan to grow greens beside machines! Practical vertical farms & energy efficient server farms with AgroRacks—modular farming in the modern datacenter.

  • Big Wheelbarrow helps food wholesalers work more efficiently with small farms by using artificial intelligence to automate order management. Check out their website.

  • Corvus Robotics helps warehouses and distribution centers manage inventory using intelligent, self-flying aerial drones. Check out their website.

  • Elevated Honey Co. is disrupting the fake honey industry by creating an efficient, transparent, and connected supply chain between beekeepers and consumers. Check out their website.

  • Grit Grocery is a mobile grocery truck. Imagine a Farmers Market + Blue Apron on a food truck. Real food, right in your neighborhood, saving you time without sacrificing health. Check out their website.

  • GrubTubs collects leftovers from restaurants & delivers it to local farms, where insects turn waste into animal feed, saving $1,000’s every month. Check out their website.

  • Seal the Seasons makes farm to table possible year-round by freezing local food from local farms. Check out their website

  • Stowga is a B2B marketplace that connects warehouses with under-utilized space to companies looking to take on-demand warehousing services. Check out their website.

  • Taimba is working to optimize agricultural supply chains to cut post-harvest wastage so as to offer quality-affordable farm produce to the bottom of pyramid. Check out their website.

  • Enabling sustainable local agriculture with next generation temperature and humidity control systems for greenhouses. Check out their website.

  • UAV-IQ bridges the gap between drone data collection and agriculture clients who need the resulting information to support decision making. Check out their website.

  • Vinder, a peer to peer marketplace for homegrown produce, connects home gardeners to their neighbors to buy, sell, and trade local produce. Check out their website.


If you are going to SXSW, we'd love to see you!  You can find us at one of these sessions:

Food+City Challenge Prize Session 1

Food+City Challenge Prize Session 2

Food+City Challenge Prize Session 3

The Future of Food Delivery

The Food+City Challenge Prize winners will be chosen on March 13, 2018, at SXSW. On that day, the finalists will pitch and demonstrate their startup businesses before a panel of judges and attendees. The judges will then select winners.For more details on the Food+City Challenge Prize, sponsorship information and more about Food+City visit www.foodandcity.org.