FAQS

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 St. Louis and the Yield Lab Europe?

The Yield Lab St. Louis and the Yield Lab Europe operate distinct, independent venture capital funds, each with its own management team and staff but with the same mission.

Both function as a seed fund and business accelerator by making capital investments and organizing business development programming geared towards customers, collaborators, and capital.



The Yield Lab Investment Strategy



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, ag/food sustainability and food ingredients.

What qualities do you look for in a company?

The Yield Lab invests in companies that are revolutionizing the agriculture and food systems to sustainably feed the world.

We invest in companies with a management team and a viable business plan/market opportunity and sector relevant KPIs that demonstrate company progress and a competitive advantage.

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 able to show:

  • Innovative technology to sustainably feed the world
  • Formal Legal Status
  • Scalability
  • Industry SavvyMarket Strategy
  • Exit Opportunities
  • Use of investment proceeds
  • Benefit from Yield Lab Accelerator participation


What geographies do you invest in?

The Yield Lab accounts for geography and the progress made by each company in their own region as investment decisions are made. With a presence in Europe and North America, we have a wide reach in geographic interest.

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 companies to guide them as they raise seed financing as we are working with later stage companies to partner with strategic organizations to scale.

Do you take equity?

We negotiate all terms of each investment as we believe that puts investor and investee on fair terms and creates the best relationship moving forward. Investments may take the form of equity or quasi-equity (convertible debt). There is also an additional negotiated component of equity for the services rendered as a business accelerator program.

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

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

What does the Yield Lab St. Louis offer?

  • $100,000 in equity investment
  • Access to our award-winning accelerator programming which focuses on customers, collaborators, and capital
  • Individual 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 in equity investment
  • Access to the premier agtech accelerator program in Ireland which focuses on customers, collaborators, and capital
  • Individual mentorship from our team
  • Access to The Yield Lab global network, including strategic corporate partners, producers, investors, entrepreneurs, and more

  • Other Questions?

    Please contact Matt Plummer, Principal at matt@theyieldlab.com