Monday, December 18, 2017

When Matthew Rooda realized the daily impact piglet deaths had on the pork industry, it was easy to see that something needed to be done. He and Abraham Espinoza joined Iowa JPEC’s Founders Club to help launch their business, SwineTech.

SwineTech is an Ag-Tech company that aims to reduce pre-wean mortality and improve herd health on sow farms. SwineTech’s monitoring device, SmartGuard, encourages sows to stand up, preventing the piglets from being accidentally crushed underneath their mother.

The company has been making headline after headline with their monitoring system. Recently, the SwineTech team competed in the National Inventors Hall of Fame Collegiate Inventors Competition, where they were the winner of the Arrow Innovation Prize and advanced to the final round of judging. At the final competition, SwineTech was awarded the gold medal and a prize of $10,000.

The SwineTech team was also chosen as a finalist in the American Farm Bureau Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge. They were awarded $15,000 and will advance to the next phase of the competition. Additionally, SwineTech was selected as the National Student Entrepreneur of the Year and Global Student Innovation of the Year by the Entrepreneur’s Organization, the largest entrepreneurship group in the world.

Due to their progress and motivation to excel, the SwineTech team was featured as one of Forbes 30 Under 30 for 2018.

What’s next for SwineTech? As they continue to pitch their product around the country, the team will be overseeing trials on customer farms and analyzing data from behavioral trials.