Soil Diagnostics, and EnterpriseWorks agriculture startup company has dropped its sampling costs to just 40 cents per sample, while it used to be $40 per sample.
Founded in 2014 by Kaustubh Bhalerao, an associate professor in agriculture and bio engineering at the University, Soil Diagnostics provides diagnostics and mineral-monitoring services for agriculture soil.
The development of the robot came after the company determined that it could not afford $40 a sample, and theyn realized there had to be a better and more cost effecient way to handle this problem. They earned a grant from the state of Illinois and set out to developing a robot that now has cut the cost by 99%.
This would likely have not been possible without the moral support from the University, and the resources availbe to startup companies at EnterpiseWorks, which has been named a top 3 College Town incubator in the past.
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