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May 06, 2024 | Tom Ballard

39 North opens new collaboration hub in St. Louis

The 10,000-square-foot space is designed to serve as a vibrant hub of activity and gathering point for the regional agtech/agri-food tech community. 

Since the 39 North AgTech Innovation District was established as a nonprofit in April 2023, it has made significant progress in advancing its three strategic pillars:

  • Developing its physical footprint;
  • Supporting the start-up and scale-up of 39 North companies; and
  • Cultivating the development/amplification of the St. Louis agri-food tech narrative.

Last week, the first of those advanced significantly when the organization moved into its new 39 North Collaboration Hub at EDGE@BRDG. The 10,000-square-foot space is designed to serve as a vibrant hub of activity and gathering point for 39 North organizations, for convening the regional agtech/agri-food tech community. The hub will include key features such as:

  • 39 North headquarters, where the community can interact with the 39 North team and learn more about the organization and future projects;
  • A co-working area accessible to agtech and agri-food tech companies and organizations;
  • Several event/meeting spaces that can be reserved for small to large gatherings; and
  • A welcoming lobby with exhibits highlighting agtech/agri-food tech companies, innovators, collaborators and investors in the 39 North community

“39 North was formed in partnership, and partnerships are infused into our organizational DNA,” said Emily Lohse-Busch, Executive Director of the nonprofit. “Our founding anchor institutions saw the potential for this organization to accelerate our regional agtech ecosystem, and with their leadership, our collaborative, action-oriented spirit has propelled us forward in this first year at a rate that none of us could have predicted.”

Click here to learn more about the latest developments and here if you are interested in learning more about the master plan for 39 North, a 600-acre innovation district anchored by the Donald Danforth Plant Science CenterBRDG Park, the Helix IncubatorBayer Crop Science, and the Yield Lab.

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