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Plug and Play Topeka Selects 26 Startups for Its Animal Health, Ag-Tech Accelerator Program

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In collaboration with GO Topeka, the economic development group for Kansas’ capital city, Plug and Play Topeka, a global innovation platform that creates industry-specific accelerator programs, announced it has selected 15 animal health startups and 11 ag-tech startups for the spring 2024 cohort.

These early-to-mid-stage startups hail from more than 10 countries, including the U.S., Norway, Sweden, Brazil, Germany, Spain, Italy, and the U.K., among others.

Chosen by founding partners of the program – including Cargill, Evergy, Bimini Pet Health, and Hill’s Pet Nutrition – the startups represent a broad range of new innovations focused on areas like automation, precision farming, pet nutrition and more. Entrepreneurs representing these startups will now participate in a three-month-long accelerator program to connect them with resources and help their businesses get off the ground.

The 26 startups selected for the program are:

  • Agrigator is helping agribusinesses address challenges from climate and operational uncertainties for sustainable growth through AI.
  • Athian is creating an industry-led platform to fund carbon projects within the livestock value chain.
  • DigiFarm detects the world’s most accurate field boundaries to power precision agriculture.
  • Gårdskapital connects farmers with investors to accelerate the transition to more sustainable agriculture.
  • LandPrint measures the environmental quality of farms and develops economic and financial mechanisms to transition supply chains towards regenerative agriculture.
  • Mapana develops proprietary sensing technology through AI for soil health tracking.
  • Oaken is a B2B platform to streamline farmland operations.
  • RawData develops an integrated farm management and HR solution for agricultural businesses.
  • RealmFive manages and automates supply chain and labor operations.
  • Terrra is democratizing wetlands carbon removal through a technology platform to measure, manage and issue carbon credits.
  • TRIC Robotics is helping farmers control pests and disease with ultraviolet light in place of chemical pesticides.
  • Arch Pet Food is developing the next generation of alternative protein dog food and treats.
  • CAMSENS GmbH helps veterinarians and laboratories detect pathogens in just minutes using automation and AI.
  • CheckForPet supports dog and cat owners in finding the right food.
  • Dog Child is a home-cooking recipe community for dog parents.
  • EpiPaws provides an easy at-home age estimation test for dogs and cats.
  • Friends & Family Pet Food Company makes cultivated meat pet food.
  • GenoTwin combines leading genomics expertise and data science to transform the detection of pathogens and assess immune responses to them.
  • Isomark is creating cutting-edge breath technology and AI-based detection of bacterial and viral infections.
  • Lampovet offers gut microbiome analysis and tailored nutrition to promote pets’ health.
  • Livestock Labs creates and supplies genetically engineered cell lines designed to grow predictably, stably and economically.
  • Organicin Scientific is working to reduce the world’s reliance on antibiotics and to introduce safe and sustainable alternatives to protect food supply and population from disease.
  • Planet Sustainable Technologies develops sustainable technologies to reduce the carbon footprint of plastic and fully biodegrade plastic waste leaving behind no toxins or microplastics.
  • Poultry Patrol is streamlining poultry production with autonomous robots.
  • PRONOVA is pioneering proactive pet care with non-invasive, comprehensive, real-time health insights.
  • Seismi offers a compact IoT veterinary vital signs monitor with zero-touch continuous measurement of heart rate and respiration rate that fits inside animal enclosures, on exam tables and in other clinical settings.

The program will run for approximately twelve weeks, culminating in a June 6 event in Topeka, Kan. Since its start in the spring of 2021, 78 startups have graduated from the Plug and Play Topeka accelerator program. Each year, the program will develop two accelerator groups, each comprising 10-12 animal health and ag-tech startups.

VCWire

19/04/2024