UI student spin-out business takes top national honor

April 20, 2017

University of Iowa students won a $10,000 award for their invention in the Lemelson-MIT Student Prize national competition. The students' business is called SwineTech.

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.

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.

SwineTech takes top prize at Cupid's Cup

March 31, 2017

Northwestern University recently hosted the Cupid's Cup, a pitch competition where businesses pitched to Kevin Plank, the CEO and founder of Under Armour. The businesses were competing for more than $100,000 in prize money.

Piglets, Products and Priceless Advice: Cupid’s Cup 2017

April 2, 2017

University of Iowa student, Matthew Rooda, started his own company, SwineTech, to reduce piglet deaths. Rooda won first place at the 12th annual Cupid's Cup Entrepreneurship Competition.

An Iowa student's shocking invention helps keep these little piggies from getting squished

March 23, 2017

University of Iowa student, Matthew Rooda, started a business to focus on preventing the crushing of piglets by their mothers.

Meet the 7 finalists for Student Entrepreneur of the Year

March 10, 2017

The seven finalists for the Silicon Prairie Awards Student Entrepreneur of the Year have been announced. Voting is open until March 21st, 2017.

SwineTech founder to represent U.S. in global startup competition

March 20, 2017

Matthew Rooda, the co-founder of SwineTech, won the 2017 Global Student Entrepreneur Awards U.S. National Finals. Now Rooda get the opportunity to represent the nation in the global final in April.