SomaDetect, which provides dairy farmers with key milk quality indicators to identify diseases in cows and produce the best quality milk, has won the $1M Grand Prize Winner of 43North, a startup pitch competition.
Founded in 2016, SomaDetect uses light-scattering to track the particles in milk samples in order to detect diseases, track fat and protein content within the milk, and help farmers make informed decisions. The company has recently reached another breakthrough: a new advanced technology that detects the presence of progesterone and somatic cell counts, which will allow farmers to monitor the reproductive status of their herds.
“Winning 43North is absolutely incredible for our company, and a concrete sign that people care about their food and are stepping up to support farmers who are making great products for us and our families.” says Bethany Deshpande, CEO of SomaDetect. “In addition to the $1 M, this win gives us access to office space in Buffalo, and access to mentors and advisors in the region. It’s incredible because New York is a state with lots of dairy and is a huge opportunity for us! We are excited to get our product to market in New York and to begin making sales throughout the region.”
This is SomaDetect’s third award in three months. Just one month prior to winning the 43North grand prize, SomaDetect won the Ideas, Energized award at Larta’s Ag Innovation Showcase. In August, the company won $50,000 at a Fierce Founders Bootcamp competition.
SomaDetect will be staying in Buffalo for at least the next year and anticipates growing by 25 members by the end of 2018. Read more here.