Launched in 2014, the Yield Lab St. Louis was the first Yield Lab branded accelerator. This accelerator invests $100,000 into early stage agriculture technology companies that sustainably increase the world food supply and/or reduce the inputs into the production chain. The Yield Lab St. Louis evaluates companies from all around the world and currently has a 12 company portfolio that has raised over $31M in follow on capital since joining the Yield Lab program.
The Yield Lab St. Louis programming is 9-months long with formal programming in St. Louis for two days every month from January through September, including AgFest by The Yield Lab and culminating at the Ag Innovation Showcase, both in St. Louis. During this time, companies will be guided through a uniquely developed accelerator program designed to leverage the agriculture assets unique to the American Midwest. Each company will be assigned a dedicated Yield Lab Managing Director to guide them through these 9 months.
The Yield Lab St. Louis has an affinity network extending across the world to help each portfolio company in their pursuit of growth. In 2016, 85 industry experts participated in the Yield Lab St. Louis accelerator programming, providing feedback on portfolio companies’ pitches, advising them on their business models, and showing them the in’s and out’s of raising capital.
The next application cycle will be for The Yield Lab St. Louis 2018, and that cycle will open in late August/early September 2017. If you’d like to get in touch with us regarding investment before then, please contact us using our contact form.