The Local Food Startup Challenge, thus far

Local Food Startup Challenge Fruit

We’ve been having a great time hearing from people around the world who are keen to start Local Food enterprises, continuing to build partnerships (more on that soon), and seeing how we can help catalyse local food, globally.


Here’s a quick Storify run down of the activity online, thus far:



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The Local Food Startup Challenge

Back in February, Bucky Box launched a ground breaking Global Startup Fund of $500k.The fund aims to support early stage businesses and entrepreneurs, and challenges them to get their local food business off the ground and operating in 3 months with the help of Bucky Box and their Partners.

Storified by Bucky Box· Mon, Mar 25 2013 19:45:39

Our good friends at Unlimited Magazine get the lowdown on the almost-launched Local Food Startup Challenge, and the word gets out.
Bucky Box fuels food distribution | 29, 2013 … The challenge also offers the startup an e-book, How to Run a Local Food Enterprise, and a small business support pack…

The Challenge is officially launched

Announcing The Local Food Startup Challenge | The Bucky Box BlogFeb 5, 2013 … We're launching a challenge to get Local Food Distributors started & successful around the world. The Local Foo…
Have you heard about the Local Food Startup Challenge yet? Grow your Food Biz in 3 months with a slice of $500k! Box

Check out the animation explaining the Challenge

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$500k Global Startup Fund Announced

$500k Startup Fund announced for Local Food Businesses | Scoop News500k Startup Fund announced for Local Food Businesses 11 February 2013 Bucky Box, a software company based in Wellington, have announced …

The Reaction on Social Networks & in the Media follows…

software to help run fruit & veg box schemes @buckybox #socialenterprise #firstworldsolutions #goodstuff via @sustainationSarah Cary
Get on it! RT @samrye_enspiral: #agchatoz #sustag Announcing The Local Food Startup Challenge #socent #foodCameron Neil
Challenge Sign Up | The Local Food Startup Challenge via @buckybox – This is a fantastic idea/opportunity, thank youFoodStory
Global #StartupChallenge launched by @buckybox to catalyse local food systems around the world: Food Lab
Wan’t to start up your own local food biz? $500K Local Food Startup Challenge – add a little rocket fuel to your idea: Something Good
Are you a new local food producer/distributor or would you like to be? Get a jump start with this Local Food… Trust
Entrepreneurial? Enter the global Local Food Start-up Challenge by @enspiral /with free software & supportMeena Kadri
Wan’t to start up… | FacebookDoing Something Good wrote: Wan’t to start up your own local food… Join Facebook to connect with Doing Something Good and others you ma…
Eco-Entrepreneurs – it’s time for action: The Local Food Startup Challenge has launched!: Rye
Entrepreneurial fans of our Local Food Challenge should check this opportunity to kickstart their enterprise:
$500k Startup Fund launched for Local Food Businesses! #startupchallenge #socentUnreasonable Team
MT @theyoufinder #sustainablefood $500k Startup Fund launched for Local Food Businesses #socentHub Bay Area
Just launched: Local Food Startup Challenge – Free Software + Support! @buckybox #startupchallenge #locavoreLocavore News
Can’t wait to start making deliveries using @buckybox. Never would have found them without help from @SocialTradersAU – Thanks from #torontoFoodStory
Global #StartupChallenge launched by @buckybox to catalyse local #food systems around the world: @BuckyFullerInstAnandi A. Premlall
Local Food Startup Challenge | The Locavore EditionMar 5, 2013 … So the Local Food Startup Challenge was created, with funds and business savvy to kickstart new businesses that are bui…
Are you a local food hero with a new business? Check out Bucky Box and their $500k startup fund. Trust
Bucky Box puts up $500K Startup fund to kickstart your local #foodtech #foodstartup biz: Food Lab
Bucky Box paves the way for local food startups :: Idealog :: the …Mar 11, 2013 … That's why this year Bucky Box launched the Local Food Startup Challenge. After speaking to a couple of hundred lo…
Very cool example of keeping it local in NZ. Bucky Box paves the way for local food startups Sawers
Looking for help to eat local? Local Food Startup Challenge – Get Support to Start a Vege Box Scheme-Social Traders
Keeping it close to home: @BuckyBox paves the way for local food startups. Sustain
Are you considering starting a CSA for you farm fresh foods? – Bucky Box Start Up Challenge #farm #csa #organicorganic oren
Planning to build a new local food enterprise? Check out the great Local Food Startup Challenge @samrye_enspiralCheryl Reynolds
RT @buckybox: We Good Neighbour | Local Food Startup Challenge entrant launches #startupchallengeSeb Paquet
Local Food Startup ChallengeCheck this out on f6s. Kickstart your Local Food Biz – add a little rocket fuel to your business Bucky Box has put up a $500k startup fun…
@buckybox are looking for entrepreneurs interested in creating a better food system
Resource of the week: The Local Food Startup Challenge …Mar 15, 2013 … They're already working on the digital infrastructure to enable local food distribution, and recently launched the…
Planning to build a new local food enterprise? Check out the great Local Food Startup Challenge @samrye_enspiralCheryl Reynolds
#Startup #idea to support local farmers & get quality food to people in your area? Sign up for the buckybox challenge
Bucky Box paves the way for local food startups, @idealogmag: what a lovely idealouis gordon green
Amazing morning bump in interest in our #startupchallenge care of @Occupy_Monsanto – power to the people! Box
@buckybox just signed up for the #StartupChallenge-Can’t wait to see what you’ve built to help farmers profitably distribute locallyBagEndFarms
Planning to build a new local food enterprise? Check out the great Local Food Startup Challenge from @buckybox Food Network
Software + Support = Your Business -> Get Involved with the #StartupChallenge here #foodBucky Box
Aspiring food entrepreneurs can apply for funding and advice from the Local Food Startup Challenge @buckyboxSusFoodTrust
Global #StartupChallenge launched by @buckybox to catalyse local food systems around the world:
starting a local food biz, Vege Box Scheme, CSA or Food Hub & in your 1st year? Local Food Startup Challenge is ON! Goodall
Startup Challenge Spotlight : ‘Good Neighbour’ Launches in New Zealand | The Bucky Box BlogWe’re delighted to announce one of the first Local Food Startup Challenge entrants has just launched! Good Neighbour brings good food to …
Startup Challenge Team Launches Food BusinessThe enterprising charitable NGO has launched a food delivery service off the back of the Local Food Startup Challenge (http://challenge.b…
Local Food Startup Challenge: Catalyzing Local Food Distribution, Globally, by @buckybox #sustainability #socent Sequeira

Beta testers: Ding Ding – Round Two

Bucky Box is accepting Beta Testers for a second round of testing!ROUND TWO!

It’s that time again! We’re welcoming the next round of local food enterprises who want to do away with painful admin, and move into the new, easier era of local food distribution.

Beta testing round 1 went well enough for us to open the doors to more awesome local food distributors.

If you’re running a local food delivery business that needs help on the time consuming customer support, delivery logistics, and billing side of things, we’re keen to hear from you. We aim to get 2 days of your operational work down to 2 hours weekly.

Sound like you?

Here’s the qualifiers we’re looking for:

  • You are currently operating a delivery scheme with at least 50 customers.
  • You’re reasonably tech savvy & fairly relaxed – we class this as comfortable in GMail & willing to work things out with us if there’s a bug or two, rather than shouting down the phone.
  • You deliver a standard product such as a Box of seasonal produce. This can be a ‘mystery box’ or a even a clearly defined product like a green juice or a loaf of bread.
    • Likes and Dislike preferences
    • ‘extras’ & ‘à la carte‘ ordering is coming soon but not included in this round (e.g. ad hoc extras attached to an order, or a custom build box with veges A, B and C)
  • Any repeating delivery cycle is okay this means weekly, fortnightly, daily on specific days, or one-off orders.

If this still sounds like you then drop us a line on, we’re limiting this round to approx 12 beta customers, first come first served.

Web Tools for Vegetable Box Schemes CSA and Food HubsIf you’re not eligible, or you’re just the kinda person that likes to spread the word, pass it onto your friends – hit us up at @BuckyBox on twitter.

(confused, or don’t know what all this local food jargon means – check out the guide here!)

World-wide Partners

Bucky Box re-invests 2/3 of it's profit back into the local food movement, it's called the Global Partnership Program**Updated at 22/03/12**

The Bucky Box Global Partnership Fund is an evolution in its design.  Recently we committed to our constitution that the fund will be built from a minimum of 67% of our annual profits, which will be invested back into organizations taking action to create a sustainable food system – this is part of our social enterprise / social business model.


We see food distribution has become a profit centre, and we realise that ‘business as usual’ with software companies partially replacing supermarkets in this space, could in fact just heap more of the same problems on food producers (farmers) and consumers (us).


Instead, we envision a food distribution system which redistributes profits into the ‘food champions’ who don’t necessarily have a solid business model.  We’re talking NGO’s, advocates, researchers, and people focused on education, among others… people who are working for a better food system.


Our model is not a traditional ‘make it, then give a percentage away’.


No, we back ourselves to help make change where it’s most needed, so we’re going to invest our profits back through a more blended approach:

  • Partnerships through which we can co-create solutions together
  • Philanthropic-giving where we can bring something to the table
  • Ethical Impact Investment
  • Internal resources which facilitate connections, cross-pollination & projects which wouldn’t otherwise happen

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We believe in something more than engaging in simple ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’.  We see our role as creating a positive impact business to its very core.  We know that positive social, environmental, and cultural outcomes can come hand in hand with economic rewards, and that regenerative solutions can flow through the veins of 21st Century Business. We believe in a more than profit future for business around the world.


Now… we understand you Local Foodies are some of the best advocates there is, but we’re also interested in helping out people & organizations who have supported you along the way.


Who gave you the spur to set up a box scheme? Where did you first learn of CSA’s?  Who brought the need for a local food system to your attention? Who gave you the education & resources to get started? Who’s helping design the future of the food system with people and planet as a starting point?


Let us know who those people are at @buckybox on twitter, with #BuckyChamp


“There’s an old Wayne Gretzky quote that I love: ‘skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.”

~ Steve Jobs