39 North executive director Emily Lohse-Busch

In this episode, host Mike Miller chats with Emily Lohse-Busch, executive director of the 39 North Agtech Innovation District in Creve Coeur. The discussion touches on the establishment of a new nonprofit focused on developing the district in its next phase. Lohse-Busch also shares insights into the latest agtech trends, as well as the factors that have allowed St. Louis to become such a fertile region for the industry. Listen and follow The BizSTL Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever podcasts are available.

“We’ve seen a lot of traditional tech investors getting into the ag space over the last 10 to 15 years. What’s coming to the fore is this realization that you can’t just overlay tech thesis onto an agtech company. More and more investors are becoming savvier in what it looks like to invest, whether it’s agtech, or whether it’s a new genetic modification—whatever that may be,” Lohse-Busch says.

This episode is sponsored by Royal Banks of Missouri and supported by United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation.

For sixty years, Royal Banks of Missouri has been proud to be your local community bank. With a variety of personal and business banking solutions, Royal Banks provides exceptional service every step of the way on your financial journey.

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