Food Lab Challenge Prize Submission Requirements

Registration for the Food Lab Challenge Prize are invited beginning on June 1, 2014. We ask that you nominate a principle contact for your team and submit your team’s primary contact information here. Please submit corrections or questions here.

By September 30, 2014, all registered team contacts will receive detailed business plan submission instructions via email. The deadline for the submission of completed business plans (ensuring eligibility for prizes) is September 30, 2014 at 11:59PM CST. Entries must target the food industry and address or be related to at least one of the following broad categories:

  • Inputs and production
  • Processing, packaging and safety
  • Storage and distribution
  • Healthy eating and food education

General entry guidelines and dates of importance:

  1. The entry must be composed of a process, product, service, or technology.
  2. For the initial round of competition, each entry must consist of three elements that are submitted:
    1. A completed application (distributed to only those who have registered)
    2. A narrative of the business proposal that does not exceed two pages (in the format of a PDF)
    3. A 200 word abstract of the business plan (that may be made publicly available).
  3. The 20 teams that are invited be compete as finalists must submit: a narrative of the business proposal that does not exceed 15 pages, a 200 word abstract of the business plan (that may be made publicly available), and a presentation, prototype, video or other visual representation suitable for your business model**
  4. Teams invited to participate in the announcement of the finalist teams (November 1, 2014, Austin, Texas). On November 1, 2014, finalist teams will be paired with mentors
  5. Registration for the competition opens June 1, 2014 and continues through September 30, 2014. We advise teams to register early.
  6. Initial round of competition entries must be received by September 30, 2014 at 11:59PM CST. Finalist teams will be notified after October 1, 2014 of their finalist status.
  • **Only the 20 finalist teams chosen for the final round will be asked to produce a presentation, prototype, video or other visual representation. The finalists will be notified of their status. Please keep in mind that this component of the final submission will need to be completed by February 14, 2015. Finalists will be given guidelines for this portion of the final submission when they are notified of their status as finalists.

  • Some Resources:

    Haven’t written a business plan before? Need some more information to help you reach these guidelines? We’ve compiled a short list of online resources that you might find helpful: