Indiana University alumni have launched an agriculture technology company, the Bee Corporation, to monitor conditions in commercial beehives. Best-in-class sensors have been acquired from around the world to capture information on the needs and behaviors of colonies, and, in particular, learn about the cause of colony collapse disorder, a phenomenon first observed in 2007. Beekeepers now typically lose about 30% of their hives each year. The Bee Corporation owns and manages over 100 hives in south-central Indiana. Researchers will collect data from their colonies over the next six months. Then, they will analyze it and develop prototypes for happy, healthy hives. The research is funded largely by a $100,000 award from the Indiana University Building Entrepreneurs in Software and Technology competition. The Bee Corporation continues to benefit from mentoring by IU alumni.