Innovation of the week: SwineTech

April 30, 2017

SwineTech is developing a wearable device to prevent sows from crushing their piglets. They are planning a soft launch to occur in June.

Iowa start-up SwineTech raises $1.3 million to help piglets live

May 26, 2017

SwineTech, a business founded by University of Iowa alumni, has developed a device to protect piglets from getting killed by sows. The company has brought in about $1.3 million in investment money to date.

EXCLUSIVE: SwineTech Raises $1.3m Series A to Stop Sows Crushing their Piglets

May 24, 2017

SwineTech, a business started by University of Iowa student Mathew Rooda, aims to reduce the number of piglets being crushed by their mothers with a wearable device. The company has participated in a wide range of pitch competitions and has just recently raised $1.3 million in Series A funding.

Celebrating Excellence awards salutes faculty, staff, and student innovation and discovery

May 2, 2017

The University of Iowa Celebrating Excellence: Discovery and Innovation Awards Ceremony is an annual event honoring faculty, staff, fellows, students, and mentors who have shown major accomplishments in their field, or who have launched their research into startups, options, and/or licenses.

This tech could save millions of piglets from accidentally being crushed

May 22, 2017

Matthew Rooda, a University of Iowa senior and CEO of SwineTech, developed SmartGuard, a device used to detect piglets in distress and prevent their mothers from crushing them. The device has faced some controversy.

Recent alum and current undergrad win Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for invention of anti-crushing tool for farmers

May 5, 2017

Mathew Rooda and Abraham Espinoza won the Lemelson-MIT Student Prize in the "Eat it!" category. They were awarded $10,000 for their SmartGuard device.


April 10, 2017

University of Iowa student, Matthew Rooda, created a device to prevent piglet deaths. The device was invented by Rooda's company, SwineTech.

Some Iowa students show off their startup businesses

April 23, 2017

Many University of Iowa entrepreneurship students attended the Hawkeye Innovation Expo. This event gave faculty, staff, and students and opportunity to present their new businesses.

NewBoCo, Iowa-City tech companies take home Prometheus Awards

April 21, 2017

The LWBJ Prometheus Awards, hosted by the Technology Association of Iowa, recognizes those in Iowa's technology and start-up community. Many awards were given out to businesses, individuals, and communities.

Collegiate inventors awarded 2017 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize

April 19, 2017

Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for the "Eat it!" category was awarded to Matthew Rooda and Abraham Espinoza for their SmartGuard device. The "Eat it!" category is for inventions that focus on improving food and agriculture through technology.