Plug and Play selects KC startup for Topeka accelerator; Top City beginning to believe in itself

Plug and Play selects KC startup for Topeka accelerator; Top City beginning to believe in itself

Plug and Play selects KC startup for Topeka accelerator; Top City beginning to believe in itself

Heidi Lehmann, Kenzen

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Plug and Play Topeka is back, Lindsay Lebahn said, announcing the accelerator program’s second cohort of startups — including a surging Kansas City company — and revealing ways the effort has redefined the definition of entrepreneurship in the Sunflower State’s epicenter.

Lindsay Lebahn, Plug and Play Animal Health and AgTech Accelerator

Lindsay Lebahn, Plug and Play Animal Health and AgTech Accelerator

“Realistic expectations of Topeka have changed,” explained Lebahn, program manager and a key player in bringing the San Francisco-based accelerator’s presence to Topeka two years ago.

“Topeka is really starting to believe in Topeka. … I think a lot of that [has to do with the] revitalization of downtown. We’ve had a lot of things happen throughout the years, but they would happen in pockets,” she continued, highlighting the efforts of GO Topeka to establish an innovation hub and center near and along Kansas Avenue — and a massive opportunity for connectivity in Shawnee County that comes with it.

“Things were happening, but not necessarily in a centralized location. Unless you lived in that area or visited that area, you didn’t really notice it and didn’t really feel it … but this revitalization of downtown has really helped the momentum of Topeka and I think Topekans are now starting to realize that there’s stuff to do here, there’s opportunities.”

Having successfully launched its first cohort virtually earlier this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Plug and Play welcomed 10 new startups into its animal health program last month. Among them, Kansas City-based Kenzen — a biometric platform and maker of a workplace safety, smart patch that monitors heat, fatigue and over exertion on the job.

Click here to learn more about Kenzen in a Startland News special report, broadcast in partnership with Bank of America. 

Heidi Lehmann, president, CCO and co-founder of Kenzen, right, speaks with Channa Steinmetz, Startland News reporter, and Joshua Lewis, founder of UpDown Nightlife, during the 2021 VC-Backed Companies Special Report

Additional participants, chosen by founding partners of the Plug and Play Topeka program Cargill, Evergy, and Hills Pet Nutrition, include: Aegis Packaging, Singapore; Birdstop, San Francisco, California; ISO Thrive, Manassas, VA; Lumin, Charlottesville, Virginia; Maven, Portugal; Nanox, Newton, Massachusetts; Pepperai, New York, New York; Sniffypet; Calgary, Alberta; and Tarot Analytics, Paris, France.

“It’s more than just animal health,” Lebahn said of the cohort and the problems they’re working to solve.

“We’ve seen a lot more [companies tackling] sustainability [and] workforce issues with COVID changing everything. Our partners are really looking to make sure that they are doing everything they can for their company and to make sure that they’re the top of the line, they’ve got the newest, latest, greatest technology.”

Less than a month into the program, current cohort companies have already received interest from venture firms who’ve participated in the program — just one result of Plug and Play’s intentional, cross-vertical programming and events, which see frequent collaboration with its North Dakota-based agtech accelerator and its Silicon Valley-based food-focused program.

Nine nondisclosure agreements have been signed between startups and corporations involved in the first program, Lebahn added, indicating there’s power in the program and its setup.

Click here for a full description of each startup or here to learn more about the Plug and Play Topeka program and past participants. 

KENZEN featured in 29 Best Missouri Big Data Startups & Companies

KENZEN featured in 29 Best Missouri Big Data Startups & Companies

29 Best Missouri Big Data Startups & Companies

Click here for the full article from DataMagazine.co.uk

This article showcases our top picks for the best Missouri based Big Data companies. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Big Data industry, but are all exceptional companies well worth a follow.

We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.

We selected these startups and companies for exceptional performance in one of these categories:

  • Innovation
    • Innovative ideas
    • Innovative route to market
    • Innovative product
  • Growth
    • Exceptional growth
    • Exceptional growth strategy
  • Management
  • Societal impact
Kenzen

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Kenzen’s Mission is to harness the power of physiology data to predict and prevent industrial workforce injuries and improve productivity.

KENZEN wins ISHN 2021 Readers’ Choice Award: Best PPE, safety equipment products

KENZEN wins ISHN 2021 Readers’ Choice Award: Best PPE, safety equipment products

2021 Readers’ Choice Awards Winners: Best PPE, safety equipment products

ISHN Magazine recognizes the most innovative personal protection equipment and occupational health and safety products of 2021

Click here for the full story: 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards Winners: Best PPE, safety equipment products | 2020-07-20 | ISHN

KENZEN WINS BIG AT CES ASIA 2018

KENZEN WINS BIG AT CES ASIA 2018

Live from Shanghai this Week

As mentioned earlier this month, we were thrilled to be named an Honoree for the 2018 CES Asia Innovation Awards. The CES Asia Innovation Awards celebrates outstanding product design and engineering in brand-new consumer technology products from CES Asia exhibitors.

After this exciting announcement, Technode named Kenzen Best Health Startup as part of the CES Asia Startup Awards. Key quotes from the Technode article below:

“The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) announced today that CES Asia 2018 Startup Park will boast the largest exhibition since its inception, with more than 100 of the most innovative exhibitors from across the world expected to showcase their latest technology. To honor those with the greatest potentials to lead future investment and technology development trends, TechNode will present a new awards program, CES Asia Startups Awards.”

“We are thrilled to have TechNode producing the CES Asia Startup Awards highlighting some of the most anticipated innovations across the technology industry,” said John T. Kelley, senior director, international programs and show director, CES Asia. “Startup Park attendees will experience the next generation of breakthrough technologies drawing some of the world’s best and brightest startup communities, and even possibly witness the birth of the next ‘Unicorn!’”

“CES Asia Startup Awards will showcase startups with breakthrough technology, and discover the true force of innovation from China and around the world,” the Founder & CEO of TechNode, Dr. Lu Gang, noted.”

CES Awards 2018

A Very Big Thank You to Swissnex China

We are here at CES together with Swissnex China. Swissnex China “acts as a platform to foster the exchanges among creative thinkers between Switzerland and China”.

We are stationed in the CES Asia 2018 Startup Park, which boasts “the largest exhibition since its inception, with more than 100 of the most innovative exhibitors from across the world expected to showcase their latest technology.” We are located at the SNIEC Hall N4.

Read More:

https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/epUdfQ_32E_TcjofqeLGJg

http://www.cesasia.cn/events-conference/ces-asia-innovation-awards/

https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180510006040/en/CES-Asia-2018-Highlight-100-Startups-13