S4 establishes North American HQ in St. Louis
Solapa4, an agtech startup from Argentina that was initially brought to St. Louis thanks to a $100,000 investment from The Yield Lab, is now establishing its North American headquarters at the Helix Center, located in St. Louis County.
Audrey MacKenzie, a Washington University M.B.A. graduate, has been hired by Solapa4 as its director of U.S. operations and business development. Previously, MacKenzie was director of strategic operations at Verge Ventures, a St. Louis-area venture capital firm specializing in software and IT companies. She also worked for more than six years at Intel in various roles.
Solapa4, founded in 2010, was one of five companies accepted into The Yield Lab’s first class in January. The Yield Lab is the St. Louis-based agriculture technology accelerator program, which was announced in September 2014. It’s financially backed by Cultivation Capital and is led by former Novus International CEO Thad Simons.