Plug and Play Topeka selects animal health startups for next accelerator – Pet Food Processing


TOPEKA, KAN. — On Feb. 22, GO Topeka, an economic development group, announced it has selected 12 pet health and agriculture technology companies for Plug and Play Topeka’s third cohort. The accelerator program helps startups from around the world by fostering partnerships, mentorships and other connections.
Plug and Play Topeka’s third cohort consists of startups from the United States, Israel, Italy, Spain, Chile and the United Kingdom. The companies were selected by the accelerator program’s partners Cargill, Evergy and Hill’s Pet Nutrition after a virtual pitch competition held earlier in February.
“Plug and Play Topeka’s accelerator has shined a light on the local and regional resources powering innovation in northeast Kansas,” said Molly Howey, president of GO Topeka. “GO Topeka is excited to continue our partnership with Plug and Play, as we introduce a new batch of startups to all that Topeka and Shawnee County have to offer. The future of animal-health and ag-tech innovation is being shaped right here in our capital city, and these startups are vital pieces of the puzzle.”
The startups cover a variety of sectors within pet and agriculture industries, including sustainable packaging, animal health, food systems and energy.
“We’re excited to invite these 12 startups to participate in our Plug and Play Topeka accelerator,” said Lindsay Lebahn, program manager, Plug and Play Topeka. “Our selection process reflects our partners’ animal-health and ag-tech needs, ensuring the potential partnerships between these companies and startups are that much more impactful – not only for the businesses themselves but for everyday consumers looking for meaningful solutions to some of today’s biggest health-science challenges.”
Since the start of the Plug & Play program in 2021, 20 startups have graduated from the accelerator.
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