A Purdue College engineering professor who has developed a solar-powered software to assist subsistence farmers in Africa preserve meals has been named Exporter of the 12 months for the Indiana and Nice Lakes Area by the U.S. Small Enterprise Administration. Co-founder and CEO of JUA Applied sciences Worldwide, Dr. Klein Ileleji has designed a transportable dehydration system that dehydrates contemporary meals. Dehytray helps small farmers cut back meals waste in international locations the place cooling and storage are restricted however photo voltaic vitality is plentiful.
In an interview with Inside INdiana Enterprise, Ileleji defined that exporting is a big alternative for small enterprise homeowners.
“Typically after we consider small companies, we consider a small enterprise that solely does issues right here, solely within the states. However many people export our merchandise overseas,” he mentioned.
The SBA says that 96% of the world’s patrons reside outdoors the US, so exporting is a good alternative for small companies to develop their income stream. The Indiana SBA supplies assets and funding alternatives to help Hoosier entrepreneurs who need to reap the benefits of the worldwide alternatives accessible.
“Entrepreneurs and small companies are elementary to the longer term development and sustainability of communities throughout the state,” mentioned David Watkins, state director of the Indiana Small Enterprise Growth Middle and vp of small enterprise on the Indiana Financial Growth Company.
JTI exports most of its models to non-governmental organizations that assist small farmers in sub-Saharan international locations. Ileleji says small- and medium-sized farms and meals processors usually throw away extra contemporary produce as a consequence of lack of storage.
“Now we have all of the logistics corporations on this nation to move every part, [but] they do not have the cooling techniques now we have. They do not have the storage techniques now we have. In different phrases, if the farmer can’t go to the market together with his merchandise, every part will rot,” he mentioned.
Ileleji, a professor within the Purdue Division of Agricultural and Organic Engineering, based the corporate in 2018 with assist from the Purdue Analysis Basis.
The skilled engineer admits to being a enterprise novice when beginning the corporate. He needed to be taught alongside the way in which. However he says he will get a whole lot of assist from the Indiana Small Enterprise Growth Middle and the Indiana Regional Export Council.
Including the USDA-Nationwide Institute of Meals and Agriculture and the U.S. Agriculture and Livestock Company, Ileleji mentioned, “Our lecturers put us within the export Indiana accelerator program, and it is right here that we truly realized in regards to the export processes of manufactured items within the state.” Worldwide Growth has been important in opening abroad doorways and securing grants.