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Food Lab at UT to award $30,000 in food start-up competition

Addie Broyles

Have a great idea for a food business or product?

The Food Lab at UT is hosting a food start-up competition that will award $30,000 to entrepreneurs and inventors who have an idea that will change the way the world eats. The competition, which is open to anyone, even those outside Austin, is focused on innovation in food agriculture, distribution, packaging, consumption and education.

Registration opened on June 1, and initial business plans are due Sept. 30. This fall, finalists will be chosen and paired with local mentors, and the winners will be announced early next year.

“By encouraging entrepreneurs to innovate new solutions to problems within our food system, the Food Lab brings together skills and disciplines that are not commonly included in food startup discussions,” Robyn Metcalfe, founder and director of the Food Lab at UT, said in a release. “The Food Lab engages scientists, engineers, historians, geographers, nutritionists, urban designers, linguists, agronomists, farmers and artists.”

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