Lucas Frye of Amber Agriculture, a University of Illinois student startup with ties to EnterpriseWorks and the iVenture Accelerator, was awarded the Illinois Innovation Prize at the Entrepreneurship Forum by the Technology Innovation Center (TEC) in the College of Engineering.
The Illinois Innovation Prize honors a student who stands out as a passionate and creative innovator and entrepreneur, who is working with world-changing technology, and is seen as a role model to others. The University of Illinois is a world leader in research, innovationand leadership, and distinguishes itself by creating knowledge and preparing students for lives of impact while addressing critical societal needs through invention and entrepreneurship.
Lucas is the co-founder and CEO of Amber Agriculture, a startup that helps farmers monitor and manage the condition of their crops in storage through a system of wireless sensors communicating information connected to a phone app, so the farmers can capture the highest possible price per bushel. Lucas utilized his Bachelors of Science in Agricultural and Consumer Economics along with his co-founders engineering skills to win the 2016 Cozad New Venture Competition. Since then, Amber Agriculture has taken part in the iVenture Accelerator and was named the Best Startup at the Consumer Electronics Show by Engadget.
For more information, visit the TEC website.