Food and agriculture technology in Columbus shows signs of growth

Cynthia Bent Findlay
For Columbus CEO
Logo, 3Bar Biologics

Fintech, insurtech—they’re the buzzwords around the VC community. But what about ag-tech? There are some breakthrough companies right here poised to make global progress in feeding the world.

Columbus ag-tech firm 3Bar Biologics just won two global food and agriculture tech industry pitch competitions earning international kudos—and contacts and investment.

3Bar won the Western Growers/S2G Ventures' AgSharks Competition Nov. 9, and along with it a $250,000 equity investment offer to take its beneficial microbe technology from development to market plus mentoring from industry association Western Growers and S2G Ventures, an agribusiness-focused venture fund based in Chicago.

The next day, 3Bar took the top prize at the FoodBytes! Pitch competition on Nov. 10. FoodBytes! hosted by Rabobank, a global bank with more than $750 billion in assets and the go-to agribusiness funder. This year’s FoodBytes! Pitch competition winnowed a field of 45 global competitors down to 15; 3Bar Biologics won the competition’s ag-tech category.

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Cynthia Bent Findlay is a freelance writer.