The Nation of Israel was GlobalSTL’s initial focus. Israel, frequently referred to as “Startup Nation” is one of the largest sources of commercially-promising innovation in the world, particularly in health care and medical technologies, agritech and cyber security – areas that match nicely with St. Louis’ strengths. As the second-most active startup ecosystem (behind only Silicon Valley), Israel is rife with opportunities. A large proportion of Israeli ventures, whether startups or more mature businesses, have a fundamental business need to access U.S. markets, capital, networks and corporate partnerships. Accordingly, these companies represent serious, realistic prospects for recruitment of a U.S. presence.
Learn more about St. Louis’ Israeli community at jewishinstlouis.org
As part of the GlobalSTL Health Innovation Summit, 7 digital health companies from Ireland attended the summit and pitched to local St. Louis organizations.
Ireland is home to 9 out of 10 global pharmaceutical companies, 8 out of top 10 medtech companies, all the top U.S. technology companies and a vibrant startup community – together, these form the foundation for Ireland’s leadership in digital healthcare technologies.
St. Louis has a rich Irish heritage dating to the city’s founding in 1764. The Daughter’s of Charity, many of whom were Irish, came to St. Louis to open a hospital in 1826 and founded what is now known as Ascension, the largest not-for-profit health system in the US. Mercy Sisters, exclusively of Irish background, settled in St. Louis a few years later. Their work has evolved into the present day Mercy, one of the leading health care systems in the US.
More to be announced soon…
If you would like to see your country on this list and you work with startups/companies that are looking to enter the US market, please contact Luke Blackburn at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.