Maria Altman is a reporter at St. Louis Public Radio 90.7|KWMU, specializing in business and economic issues. Altman recently participated this fall in a St. Louis agtech delegation in Ireland and continued on to Israel. Her trip was funded by donations from the Silk Foundation and the Jewish Federation of St. Louis. Below you will find interesting stories detailing Altman’s visits as she explored international agriculture innovation and what makes St. Louis attractive to relocate or expand for ag companies.
St. Louis gives Ireland a look for ag tech innovation
• SEP 22, 2016, “It turns out that Ireland is jam-packed with innovation,” said Donn Rubin, CEO and president of BioSTL. The nonprofit is focused on growing bioscience startups in St. Louis. Through its GlobalSTL program, it has convinced four Israeli ag tech startups to put their U.S. headquarters in St. Louis. Now they’re hoping to do the same with Ireland. “Ireland blew us away with how aggressively and clearly they wanted us here,” said Brian Clevinger, Managing director of The Yield Lab. “They bent over backwards to introduce us to people.” Read more.
St. Louis groups court next wave of Israeli companies
• SEP 26, 2016, “While the message is beginning to get out in places like Israel and Ireland, in-person visits are important,” according to Sam Fiorello, COO of the Danforth Center and president of BRDG Park. “Being out here and communicating what we do in our innovation ecosystem helps to build the brand and to send the message that St. Louis has built something special and you should look at it,” he said. Read more.
St. Louis connection spurs interest in Irish ag startups
• OCT 11, 2016, “Ireland is really on fire economically,” said U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Kevin O’Malley. “This is a small, energetic, nimble country that understands entrepreneurism and has a huge and vibrant startup community.” Ag tech startups are a natural fit in Ireland where 10 percent of the population is involved in agriculture and food is their largest export. Read more.
St. Louis and Israel ag tech connection grows stronger
• OCT 19, 2016, Roy Borochov, who is the site lead in the U.S., said he visited several other places before St. Louis was chosen. “St. Louis gives you a value for money that’s much bigger than any other place, but it’s not only money. The quality of the people is amazing,” he said. “The ecosystem in St. Louis is very embracing; helping you in every step you make, assisting everywhere they can.” Read more.
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