The agri-business delegation developed relationships with government leaders in the UK and Netherlands.
Representatives from World Trade Center St. Louis recently led a delegation to the United Kingdom and Eindhoven, Netherlands to promote St. Louis and Missouri’s position as a global leader in agriculture technology research, innovation and investment.
Local industry knowledge and experience was leveraged during a series of meetings with companies, government officials, universities and innovation communities to highlight St. Louis on a global scale and further develop important international relationships.
The delegates also learned best practices from key industry and government leaders in the UK and Netherlands to identify opportunities for St. Louis companies to access new global markets.
The Missouri delegation also traveled to the province of Brabant in order to learn more about Brabant’s agrifood and agritechnology sector. Their objective is to develop a partnership in which a collaboration can be established in all areas of internationalization – public, trade, foreign investment and innovation.
Dr Belinda Clarke, Director of Agri-Tech East, commented, “This visit was a unique opportunity for some of our members to engage with potential partners and stakeholders in the US. We look forward to developing the relationships further in the future.” The delegation included meetings about growth of AgriTech in the Eastern region with PWC Cambridge and pitches from exciting AgriTech start-ups such as Smartbell.io, Herdsy, Folium Science, and Outfield XYZ. Emma Fletcher, MD of SmithsonHill spoke about the delegation, “This visit has given us an opportunity to showcase the exciting new AgriTech start-ups in Cambridge, and explore potential for international trade relationships and increased two-way trade with the US.”