Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Since joining Founders Club at the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) in April 2015 Matthew Rooda and Abraham Espinoza’s company, SwineTech, has been making great strides on their road to success. This success started at the annual Founders Club Fair, where the team won the grand prize of $1,500.

SwineTech’s mission is to reduce the number of piglet deaths in the pork industry by creating a biotech device that prevents the mother sow from laying on her piglets. This issue costs the industry millions of dollars every year.

To get the company going, and gain as much knowledge as possible, SwineTech went through JPEC’s Student Accelerator program during the summer of 2015. Shortly after finishing the Student Accelerator they were admitted into the Iowa Startup Accelerator during the fall.

In less than a year, Matthew and Abraham, have been awarded with many prizes and acknowledgements. Most recently, they were awarded first place at the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards in Kansas City, Missouri. Less than a week later, they also won $10,000 at The Queen’s Entrepreneurs’ Competition in Toronto, Canada.

The JPEC team anticipates much more greatness from SwineTech and looks forward to supporting these two young entrepreneurs in their future endeavors.