AppHarvest: ‘The Dutch helped us to reach out’
There are opportunities for Dutch business worldwide if you search for them well. Our USA network found the promising start-up AppHarvest in the hills of Kentucky. An unexpected place, but a perfect match!
AppHarvest works in horticulture innovation. Future cooperation with Dutch companies seemed promising. As a result, AppHarvest joined the Global Entrepreneurship Summit GES in the Netherlands in 2019.
A resilient economy for the future
'Founded in the Appalachian region of the United States, where we farm is as meaningful as how we farm. AppHarvest is building some of the world's largest indoor farms to grow non-genetically modified, chemical-free produce.
We strive to help build a resilient economy for the future to replace one long dominated by the now-collapsed coal industry. By locating within Appalachia, we are also less than a day’s drive to more than two-thirds of the American population. That lowers transportation costs by eighty per cent, allowing our fresher produce to better compete against low-cost foreign imports.'
Watch here the interview at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2019 with from left to right AppHarvest-CEO Jonathan Webb, Dutch deputy prime minister and minister of Agriculture Carola Schouten and director Jan Pieter Dalsem from Dalsem, a family-owned Dutch company specialised in the construction of greenhouses. (photo: GES-TV)
'In 2019, we attended and spoke at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in the Netherlands. A once-in-a-lifetime experience! It connected our staff to so many outstanding contacts who have helped us expand our vision and rapidly scale.
Of course, we are creating a market in the Appalachians for numerous Dutch companies. But they are the world leaders in the field of horticulture! It’s been such a positive and rewarding experience for us, and I am convinced it is for them too.'