The Food Lab (TFL) provides awareness of food issues, encourages and motivates students to engage with innovative food systems research, and provides support to startups that leverage university research. TFL is a catalyst for scientific and cultural exploration, experimentation and innovation in the food system.

We thrive on unexpected connections between all disciplines and support collaboration at The University of Texas at Austin nationally and internationally. On this site you’ll find more about TFL’s existing initiatives and research projects, information about events for further learning, and resources for those pursuing food related startups.


Food Challenge Prize

The Food Challenge Prize is an early stage business startup competition encouraging innovation in four key categories within the global food system: (1) Inputs & Production, (2) Processing, Packaging & Safety, (3) Storage and Distribution, and (4) Healthy Eating & Nutrition. Finalists compete on Showcase Day for a total of $30,000 in cash prizes.

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The Miracle of Feeding Cities

The world's urban food system is a miracle by all accounts, and The Miracle of Feeding Cities Project is about ordinary people who feed the world's largest cities. Starting from just a handful of locations, we now have covered cities such as Buenos Aires, Boston, Istanbul, London, New York City, Shillong and Washington D.C.

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