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 the food industry.  The Food Challenge Prize was launched in 2015, awarding $30,000 to the top 5 finalists.  The 2016 competition, now called the Food+City Challenge, will again award $30,000.  We encourage innovators to create businesses and discover technologies that will improve how we feed cities around the world.  Online submissions are open from 9/1/2015 - 10/15/2015. Visit us again for the submission link.  Click here for typical application questions. 

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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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