Friday, November 20, 2015

New Sharon-based SwineTech won third place and $1,000 with a six-minute pitch at the Kauffman Foundation’s 1 in a Million competition Nov. 18 in Kansas City.The startup was selected from 337 teams from across the country to make the top 15.

While co-founder Matthew Rooda pitched in at the Kauffman Foundation, other members of the SwineTech Team, Jose Abraham Espinozaand Jenna Heeren pitched and won first place and $5000 at the University of Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center’s (JPEC)  Rose Francis Elevator Pitch Competition in Iowa City, also on Nov. 18.

SwineTech was founded in 2015 to reduce the number of piglets that die in their first days of life. Millions of piglets are accidentally laid on each year by their mothers.

The SwineTech team are members of the University of Iowa JPEC and the Founders Club at the Bedell Entrepreneurship Learning Laboratory (BELL). SwineTech was also one of the award winning teams participating in the University of Iowa, Venture School Student Accelerator this past summer.