RVA tech

9/28/2022 – Richmond, Va

Alexander Olesen and Marc Oosterhuis of Babylon Micro-Farms accepted the award for the number one Emerging Business of the Year at the 27th annual RVA Technology Awards.  RVA Tech’s annual award celebrates the many breakthroughs, advancements, and outstanding technologists that are a part of the Richmond technology ecosystem.

The Emerging Business of the Year is awarded to a local business or start-up technology company that has demonstrated the ability to achieve commercial success.

For a company to win this prestigious award, the nominee should:

    • Demonstrate a unique or innovative offering that provides real value to a current need or creates a new need in the marketplace. 
    • Demonstrate recognizable success through market impact and/or revenue growth
    • Achieved success through the specific and innovative use of technology

Sponsors, finalists, and guests gathered at the historic Maymont mansion and park to receive their honors in front of 1000 attendees. The Emerging Business award finalists included AnswersNow and Naborforce, both excellent companies in their own right.


“Richmond is thriving city with an exciting startup ecosystem. We’re lucky to be a small part of it. Winning the Emerging Business of the Year is a great honor for our company. Since making Richmond our home in 2021 it’s clear this community is really supportive of local businesses and it’s fantastic to see. We’ve built a great team that calls Richmond home and we’re excited to continue developing our sustainable, vertical farming products here.”

The RVA Tech awards are presented each year in September by the Richmond Technology Council, which advocates, celebrates, and educates the public and private sectors about technology to promote successful ventures in the greater Richmond region. 

About Babylon Micro-Farms

Babylon Micro-Farms builds its farms at its state-of-the-art facility in Richmond, VA. Babylon has developed patented technology to power our indoor hydroponic farms and farming service that enables businesses and communities to have a year-round supply of ultra-fresh produce. Babylon makes farming accessible to everyone through technology integrations and excellent customer support. The latest farms incorporate more sensors and are designed to reduce maintenance and harvest times significantly. We have a sustainable and significant impact on our customer base, which includes global leaders like Aramark, Compass, and Sodexo, along with many schools, venues, stores, hospitals, and senior care facilities.