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More than 100 agricultural crops in the U.S. rely on bees for pollination. But bees are dying off at more then twice the sustainable rate. A team of ASU students has developed an innovative alternative.

March 25, 2015

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Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative, Arizona State University

Find the entrepreneur in you.

Pollen-Tech is an ASU student startup that provides an alternative to bee pollination

ASU Pollen-Tech

More than 100 agricultural crops in the U.S. rely on bees for pollination.

But in 2012, the USDA reported that the death rate of bees was more than double the sustainable level.

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David Wade, CEO, Pollen-Tech: We are really proud of where Pollen-Tech is today. We’ve invented a process to mechanically pollinate crops as a supplement or as a replacement for bees.

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Pollen-Tech is one of nearly 150 student ventures supported by Edson since 2005.

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Wade: ASU brings some very unique things to the partnership. They’re inspiring entrepreneurs and students like myself to create our own companies. We’ve received workspace for projects, guidance – we have mentors that we can access, faculty and business leaders in the community that can come in and help. I’m not sure we could have pulled off Pollen-Tech without ASU. 

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Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative, Arizona State University

 

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