The 39 North Agtech Innovation District organization this week will move into a new “Collaboration Hub” that will serve as its headquarters and also aims to be a focal point for events and coworking within the district.

The 10,000-square-foot Collaboration Hub will be inside the Edge@BRDG building on the campus of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and that’s also the headquarters of agriculture technology firm Benson Hill (NYSE: BHIL).

39 North said Tuesday its Collaboration Hub is one of several milestones it has achieved since announcing in April 2023 it was established as a nonprofit to manage the innovation district’s operations and long-term strategy. 39 North is a 600-acre innovation district that includes the Danforth Center, BRDG Park, Helix Center Biotech Incubator and Bayer Crop Science. It launched publicly in December 2016 after the U.S. Department of Commerce in 2015 provided the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership a $500,000 grant to create a master plan for the innovation hub.

Emily Lohse-Busch, 39 North’s executive director, said the nonprofit organization’s headquarters and Collaboration Hub will “serve as a front door” for the innovation district, providing a space to host community events and coworking. She said it could be used by startups located within 39 North’s footprint to host investor meetings and team meetings. READ MORE