Fifteen startups from around the world are vying for a spot in Topeka’s first Plug and Play-accelerator-program cohort of 2021.

For about two hours Wednesday, those startups — which hail from nine U.S. states, as well as Canada, Hong Kong and Singapore — pitched their business concepts via Zoom to the local Plug and Play program’s founding partners during Topeka’s first Plug and Play selection day of the year.

“We had 15 great startups that spanned over 10 different focus areas within animal health,” said Lindsay Lebahn, manager of the local accelerator. “Everything from supply chain to food safety, alternative proteins, packaging — some things you don’t necessarily think of when you think of animal health.”

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