Agtech Leaders Discuss Opportunity and Growth in St. Louis

How has St. Louis’ agtech ecosystem evolved over the past 10 years, and what does future growth look like for companies that have made the region a hub for the agtech sector?

Lori Becklenberg, AllianceSTL’s vice president of business attraction, moderated an interactive discussion with Derek Bartlem, managing director for KWS Gateway Research Center, and Orlando Saez, CEO and co-founder of Aker Technologies, Tuesday, Oct. 13, exploring “Agtech in STL: Why Then, Why Now?”

Streamed live and sponsored by AllianceSTL, their TableTalk conversation was part of Agtech NEXT, an annual conference that brings together people who are shaping the future of food. This year’s event, held virtually, extends throughout a period of seven weeks and includes panel discussions, leader insights, networking opportunities and industry conversations.

Bartlem and Saez were both instrumental in bringing their agtech companies to the St. Louis region. Drawn here by a highly educated talent pipeline, wide-ranging civic support, a strong sense of community and the unique 39 North innovation district, they reported that they are here to stay. They both predict slow and steady business growth over the long term.

Learn more about why these agtech leaders have committed to starting up, standing out and staying in St. Louis, and watch the video below for the full conversation.

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