Our Story

The idea for the Yield Lab became a reality in 2014 with a vision of helping to address growing global food security concerns. Thad Simons, the former CEO of NOVUS International, joined forces with Cultivation Capital to create the Yield Lab after seeing more and more deal flow within the agricultural sector. With a world population expected to reach over 9 billion by the year 2050, the Yield Lab believes that innovations in agriculture technology is the solution to feeding a growing population that will place more stress on the agricultural production system. The Yield Lab invests in early stage AgTech companies that have innovative solutions to increase the world food supply from farm to fork.


Through $100,000 in funding, world class mentoring and support, and the agriculturally solid framework of St. Louis, Missouri, selected companies will participate a 9 month cohort preparing them to penetrate agricultural markets. We are excited to be doing our part to help make St. Louis the gateway city to a more food secure future.

We Help Sow Seeds for Success


Accelerate, mentor, and cultivate AgTech innovation that builds a sustainable, food-secure future for all.

yield Lab Vision


We aspire to provide invaluable support to innovative AgTech companies through funding, mentoring, and the cultivation of connections within the agriculture space.

yield Lab Investments


Sustainably increase the world food supply or improve the productivity from farm to fork.

What We Offer

Yield Lab Funding


We offer $100,000 in funding to our companies to help cultivate their Success.

Yield Lab Mentoring


We sow the seeds to create an invaluable relationship with a mentor who has a long history of success in the AG Sector.


Rooted in St. Louis, you are surrounded by agriculture through, farmers, agribusiness, and the latest research in biotechnology.