Food+City Prize 2018 at SXSW


Submissions Opened

September 18, 2017


November 18, 2017

Food+City and SXSW

The 2018 Food+City Challenge Prize has partnered with SXSW Interactive and will be held as part of the Startups and Technonlogy track. Our fourth annual competition will feature 15 finalists and three to nine judges. Finalists will receive one full pass to SXSW Interative as part of the competition and mentor experience. We are excited to increase the reach of the competition through this partnership and look forward to a valuable experience for our community of startups, mentors and judges, as well as SXSW attendees.


We choose finalists from entries submitted between September 18 and November 18, 2017. Our esteemed advisors pair the finalists with qualified mentors to help prepare them for the competition on March 13, 2018. On Prize Day, finalists will pitch and demonstrate their startup businesses before a panel of judges and SXSW attendees. Finalists compete for up to $50,000.

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 decreases 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


September 18, 2017 — Submissions opened at

November 18, 2017 — Submissions close

December 1, 2017 — 15 finalists announced

December 15, 2017 — Mentors and finalists paired

March 8, 2018 — Practice pitch day

March 9, 2018 — First day of SXSW Interactive 2018

March 13, 2018 — Prize day at SXSW! Winners are announced


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