BRDG Park: Growing the future of agrifoodtech
Around half of all US agriculture production is within a 500-mile radius of St Louis, Missouri, including 80% of the nation’s soybean and corn crops. In recent years, the Midwestern city has also earned the name “the Silicon Valley of agtech” thanks to a bustling ag biosciences and agrifoodtech scene. Not only is the city home to big names like Bayer Crop Science, Bunge, and Post Holdings, it’s also a hub for entrepreneurs and startups tackling the biggest issues our food and ag systems face.
A pillar in this ag biosciences community is the BioResearch & Development Growth Park, or BRDG Park, a research park of ag and food tech innovators located on the campus of the Danforth Plant Science Center in St Louis’ 39 North innovation district.
BRDG Park helps early- to mid-stage agrifoodtech companies make the leap from research to commercialization, connecting them with new technologies, lab and office spaces, talent, funding, and other important relationships necessary to get products and services out of the lab and into farmers’ hands.