Brandon Day is the COO of the Yield Lab Institute, the non-profit arm of the Yield Lab, a global federation of funds that invest in early stage agtech startups and innovations. The Yield Lab Institute is an agtech think tank focused on supporting, advancing global agtech startups, entrepreneurs and ecosystems. The Institute's initiatives include open innovation challenges (the Sustainable Agtech Challenge), ecosystems assessments (e.g. Rosario, Argentina, Piracicaba, Brazil and the policy assessment from the Sustainable Agtech Challenge) and technical studies (e.g. St. Louis soilless ag white paper contributor with the WWF). He publishes the Institute's newsletter, a weekly collation of agtech news and current events. Prior to his current role, Brandon spent the first half of his career in oil and gas services in a variety of engineering, business development and sales roles. He also worked as a consultant for a boutique engineering firm providing design, regulatory and other services for ag multinationals in the Salinas Valley. He received his chemical engineering and materials science degrees from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis.