What We Do

Food+City is an organization committed to inspiring supply chain innovation and big ideas for how cities across the globe are fed.


Food+City provokes fresh perspectives on the realities of how we feed cities and inspire action. We do this by spurring innovation in the food supply chain through our  Food+City Startup Challenge, a variety of events, and storytelling, both online and with a semi-annual print magazine.  We raise awareness of the opportunities for improvement in our food systems and support companies that will shape the future of food.





Our annual startup challenge competition celebrated its fourth year in 2018 as part of the SXSW conference in Austin. In the past four years nearly 75 startups from all over the world have competed, and we have awarded $180,000 in cash prizes.

Our 2019 Food+City Startup Challenge will be part of SXSW for the second consecutive year and will take place in March 2019. In 2018, fourteen finalists from around the globe competed for $30,000 in March 2018 with three great companies taking home the prizes. 






Food+City publishes a semiannual magazine and tells stories about the global food supply chain. With history as our guide, we turn an eye toward the future with a focus on illuminating opportunities for innovation and provoking fresh ideas about how we feed cities. The fourth issue of our magazine was published in spring of 2018, and the fifth issue will be published in fall of 2018.

Together, we will raise awareness of the opportunities for improvement in our food systems and uncover insights that will shape how we make our world more sustainable. We’ll explore how food moves around the world, the surprising complexity of distribution, how politics, economics and trade create (and thwart) food crises, and much more.

We’re going to uncover what’s missing in our current food systems and raise up the people addressing those needs. We’ll do so by challenging and testing all assumptions, beliefs and technologies, and including you squarely in the process.

Why now? Our world is more engaged with and interested in food topics than ever before. It’s an exciting and encouraging time — we know there are major changes needed in food and realize the improvements we make today impact the public health and ultimate survival of the global population forever.

Despite growing interest in food topics, there is a lack of awareness and understanding around the systems and processes that feed our cities, and the ways those impact sustainability. We must bring that awareness and understanding, and harness the zeal of our communities to inspire, discover, and share the ideas that will improve our global food system.

Issue One

Issue one of Food+City explores the largest food market in the world in Mexico City, follows a banana to a bodega in New York City and examines how a famous gelato store in Rome navigates the cities challenging logistical issues.

Issue Two

Issue two of Food+City Magazine goes to the ends of the earth and beyond to discover what it takes to feed people in remote places like Antarctica and the International Space Station. In Tokyo we delve into what the relocation of the world’s largest fish market means for the city, and in Rio de Janeiro we take a look at how a city feeds the Olympic Games.

Issue Three

Our third and most recent issue is now available! We take a deep dive into how food waste is repurposed, explore the history of canned foods, take a look at the jobs of some high-tech agri-robots and examine whether urban agriculture really has the power to feed cities.

Issue Four

In this issue we are pivoting a bit, turning our attention to how technology is shaping the future of our global food supply chain.  This issue features stories about transportation and the cold chain.  With stories on packaging, connectedness, food trends, robots, grocery and food delivery, technology is on our front burner, as you’ll see in this and future issues.

Startup Challenge 2019

The 2019 Food+City Startup Challenge will be in March and part of SXSW for the second consecutive.  Startups can apply until November 16, 2018.

Prize 2018

The 2018 Food+City Challenge Prize was part of SXSW  in March 2018.  14 companies from around the world pitched their food supply chain solutions.

Prize 2017

18 finalists from nine countries competed for $50,000 with Evaptainers, Rise, Nuwiel, and Origin Trail taking home the prizes.

Prize 2016

20 startups competed for $50,000 with True Made Foods, Agruppa, Garbage to Garden, The Food Corridor, and Real Food Solutions taking home the prize.

Prize 2015

20 startups competed for $50,000 with Ten Acre Organics taking the gold prize.