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Plug and Play: The Future of Animal Health & Ag Tech

by Plug and Play | Feb 18, 2020

Learn why the key players in the Animal Health and Ag Tech Industries are headed to the Heart of the Heartland this March.

On March 3, 2020, key players in the fields of Animal Health and Ag Tech will meet in the heart of the Heartland – Topeka, Kansas, to tackle key opportunities and challenges around the future of Animal Health and Ag Tech. This event is hosted by Plug and Play, a global startup ecosystem and venture fund specializing in the development of early-to-growth stage technology startups, in partnership with the Greater Topeka Partnership, the leading economic development agency in the region.

Topeka is the location of Plug and Play’s newest Animal Health and Ag Tech startup accelerator. Announced in August 2019, the accelerator will engage upwards of 20 startup companies per year as each one goes through the three-month program.

It was Topeka’s prime location within the Animal Health Corridor that proved to be a major contributing factor to the innovation platform’s decision to choose the Capital City as its next accelerator location. With more than 300 companies supporting the Animal Health Industry within the Corridor, spanning from Manhattan, Kansas to Columbia, Missouri, the area is recognized as the hub of Animal Health and Ag Tech.

“We are excited about adding a new program to our growing ecosystem. Topeka is uniquely positioned to take advantage of the agricultural assets in the region which provide fertile ground to spark innovation both through accelerating startups and creating partnerships with corporate players. We feel that there is great momentum building for this initiative and look forward to bringing our experience and global network to the table,” said Saeed Amidi, CEO of Plug and Play, in a Greater Topeka Partnership press release for the official announcement.

The March 3rd event will be day-long summit for the accelerator program that, according to Katrin Bridges, SVP of Innovation, Greater Topeka Partnership, “will engage crucial minds in the industry as we advance toward the future of Animal Health and Ag Tech.”

“This will be a wonderful day for the community of Topeka & Shawnee County,” continues Bridges. “These industry leaders, entrepreneurs and investors are bringing their collective knowledge to the table to help us grow as innovators within the region.”

The day’s activities include panels on the Animal Health Corridor, Venture Capital, Startup Pilot Best Practices, as well as networking opportunities and impactful discussions on startups with an Animal Health focus and a Supply Chain focus. The day will conclude with a Happy Hour social. The summit will take place from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Security Benefit campus.

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