UI student spin-out business takes top national honor

UI student spin-out business takes top national honor

A University of Iowa team recently won an award in a prominent national student invention contest for a device that prevents sows from rolling over on their piglets. The team, which includes recent UI graduate Matthew Rooda, won $10,000 for their invention in the Lemelson-MIT Student Prize national competition. The team won the contest’s “Eat It!” category that awards technology-based inventions that can improve food and agriculture. The students have started a business, SwineTech, in the Bedell Entrepreneurship Learning Laboratory (BELL) to manufacture and sell their product and have generated more than $1 million in investment so far.

Contacts: 

Tom Snee, Office of Strategic Communication, 319-384-0010 (office), 319-541-8434 (cell)