Startups pitch to partners during Plug and Play Topeka selection day

A view of downtown Topeka can be seen from the north side of the Kansas River in this photo taken late last year. The capital city is home to a Plug and Play accelerator program that is moving forward with its second cohort of startups, its first cohort of 2021.

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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