Esri, a California-based geospatial technology company, recently announced that it has opened a new office in the T-REX downtown incubator in St. Louis, Missouri. The Missouri location will allow the company to collaborate with startups in St. Louis’ thriving geospatial technology sector.
At T-REX, Esri will provide startups in the Geospatial Innovation Center with technology tools and resources through its Esri Startup program, which gives qualified companies access to its ArcGIS Developers software tools for free. The company’s startup program is designed to help companies include mapping technology and location intelligence components into the products they develop.
“The Geospatial Innovation Center at T-REX is the inspiring next step in St. Louis’s transformation into a global center for geospatial ingenuity and development,” said Tara Mott, St. Louis-based National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) Account Manager at Esri. “Esri’s presence in this space represents a great opportunity to work with the best and brightest geospatial minds in St. Louis. We’re looking forward to joining the folks at T-REX to help up-and-coming developers shape the future of location intelligence technology.”
Startups in the program are provided access to free cloud services, training, software, and support. The program is open to startups operating in the defense, data analytics, smart city, drone, artificial intelligence, and extended reality (XR) fields.
T-REX’s Geospatial Innovation Center, a 16,000-square-foot space on the incubator’s fourth floor, opened in 2020 and has more than two dozen geospatial companies operating there.
“Esri is a world leader in the geospatial industry, and having them participate with us in supporting innovation and entrepreneurship will be critical to the development of new companies, geospatial talent, and geosolutions for the region and for our nation,” said Mark Tatgenhorst, Geospatial Innovation Center Program Director. “Esri’s ability to advance innovation within the geospatial industry is key to what we are building in the St. Louis region.”