Frequently Asked Questions

About us

Why was the Yield Lab created?

We believe that innovation and investment in agriculture technology will play a vital role in securing a more food secure future and reaching the necessity to feed a population expected to reach over 9 billion by the year 2050. 


What is the relationship between the Yield Lab North America, the Yield Lab Europe, the Yield Lab LATAM and the Yield Lab Asia Pacific?


The Yield Lab North America, the Yield Lab LatAm, the Yield Lab Europe and the Yield Lab Asia Pacific operate independently in our investment decisions. Each group has its own management team and staff. We all share the same mission, and we work in close collaboration with each other to help scale our organization globally.

The Yield Lab Accelerators

What sectors does the Yield Lab invest in?

We’re interested in technologies that will revolutionize the agriculture and food systems to sustainably feed the world. In order to most effectively transform these systems, it is essential that we consider all parts of the food and ag systems. The Yield Lab invests across technologies in the following focus sectors: crop production, animal health & welfare, precision agriculture, supply chain/logistics, food ingredients and sustainability

 

What qualities do we look for in a company?

The Yield Lab invests in companies that are revolutionizing the agriculture and food systems to sustainably feed the world.  This includes technologies in crop production, animal health & welfare, precision agriculture, supply chain/logistics, food ingredients, and sustainability. We paint agrifood tech in intentionally broad strokes. We invest in companies with a management team and a minimum viable product. Most importantly, we look to be a value-add investor, and as such, we inspect each company for fit within our resource network.

Companies must be: 

  • Revolutionizing ag and food to more sustainably feed the world

  • Business to Business product or technology 

  • A legal entity 

  • Scalable

  • Commercial ready


What geographies do you invest in?


We are geography agnostic – we’ll invest in any company, from anywhere. That said, we do consider geography in our investment choices – we’re a value-add investor, and it can be difficult for us to add value in certain geographies.

 

What stage companies do you invest in?


We like to describe ourselves as a “later stage accelerator.” We’re equally comfortable working with early stage to guide them as they raise seed financing as we are working with later stage companies to partner with strategics and to scale. 

 

Do you take equity? 


Yes, we take equity in exchange for investments. We also expect to receive warrant coverage and (non-voting) board observation rights in exchange for programming and mentorship. The terms of each equity investment are negotiated on a case-by-case basis because we believe that is the best way to serve our entrepreneurs.

Is there anything the Yield Lab won’t invest in?


We don’t invest in production facilities (farms) or businesses that rely solely upon direct-to-consumer sales.

 

What does the Yield Lab North America offer?

  • $100,000 (USD) in equity investment

  • Access to our award-winning accelerator programming, which focuses on customers, collaborators, and capital

  • Individualized mentorship from our team

  • Access to The Yield Lab global network, including strategic corporate partners, producers, investors, entrepreneurs, and more

What does the Yield Lab Europe offer?

 

  • €100,000 (Euro) in equity investment

  • Access to the premiere agtech accelerator program in Ireland

  • Individualized mentorship from our team

  • Access to The Yield Lab global network, including strategic corporate partners, producers, investors, entrepreneurs, and more


What does the Yield Lab LATAM offer?

 

  • $100,000 (USD) in equity investment

  • Access to the premiere agtech accelerator program in Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo and Saint Louis

  • Individualized mentorship from our team

  • Access to The Yield Lab global network, including strategic corporate partners, producers, investors, entrepreneurs, and more

What does the Yield Lab Asia Pacific offer?

 

  • $100,000 (USD) in equity investment

  • Access to the premiere agtech accelerator program in Singapore

  • Individualized mentorship from our team

  • Access to The Yield Lab global network, including strategic corporate partners, producers, investors, entrepreneurs, and more

Can I re-apply?


Absolutely. We intentionally keep our application concise and accessible so that entrepreneurs can apply easily and can update their application frequently. Frequently, the decision to pass on investment is due to timing, either on our end or yours. That said, we recognize that things change quickly, especially in the start-up world, and we love to see companies progress.

Still have questions? Reach out.