Topeka, KS — Plug and Play Topeka and GO Topeka are pleased to announce Topeka-based Bimini Pet Health is partnering with the capital city’s Plug and Play Animal Health accelerator to find and develop new technologies that may expand the company’s product offerings and deliver highly differentiated options to support Bimini clients and Bimini’s own brand. They join Plug and Play Topeka as the program’s fourth corporate partner, alongside existing founding partners Cargill, Evergy and Hill’s Pet Nutrition.
“Bimini is excited to partner with Plug & Play Topeka and continue our long-standing relationship with Go Topeka as we start the next chapter of our journey.” Said Dr. Sam Al-Murrani Owner of Bimini “As a growing animal health company our focus is to become an innovation leader while bringing more jobs to Topeka and Shawnee County. We look forward to continuing to serve our city and community over the coming years, together, with our partners.”
Plug and Play’s Animal Health accelerator in Topeka launched in 2020 and has since helped advance 65 startups, leading to 17 pilot projects/proofs of concept and two successful partnerships between startups and corporate partners. Twice a year, the local team in Topeka carries out three-month-long business development programs for startups chosen to participate by Plug and Play Topeka’s corporate partners. The accelerator, as well as resulting projects and partnerships, are aimed at facilitating connections that advance the industry.
“We are excited to announce our new partnership with Bimini Pet Health,” said Lindsay Lebahn, senior program manager for Plug and Play Topeka. “By combining our expertise, we aim to push boundaries and develop cutting-edge solutions that bring value to the Animal Health ecosystem. We look forward to collaborating and driving meaningful progress together.”
“It’s exciting to see one of our local entrepreneurs come full circle, from starting up his own business and serving on our local boards to now signing on as a corporate partner of Plug and Play’s Animal Health Vertical here in Topeka,” said Stephanie Moran, GO Topeka’s senior vice president of innovation. “Bimini truly embodies the health of our local startup community, and we look forward to working with this innovator to grow the area’s prominence in the animal-health realm.”
If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Communications@TopekaPartnership.com or Plug and Play Topeka’s program manager at L.Lebahn@pnptc.com.
About Plug and Play
Plug and Play is the leading innovation platform, connecting startups, corporations, venture capital firms, universities, and government agencies. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Plug and Play is present in 35+ locations across five continents. The platform offers corporate innovation programs and helps its corporate partners in every stage of their innovation journeys, from education to execution. It also organizes startup acceleration programs and has built an in-house VC to drive innovation across multiple industries where it has invested in hundreds of successful companies, including Dropbox, Guardant Health, Honey, Lending Club, N26, PayPal, and Rappi. For more information, visit https://www.plugandplaytechcenter.com/.
About GO Topeka
GO Topeka creates county-wide economic success for all companies and citizens through implementation of an aggressive economic-development strategy that capitalizeson the unique strengths of the community. GO Topeka operates under the Greater Topeka Partnership and is the leading economic development agency in the area. For more, visit GoTopeka.com.
About Bimini Pet Health
Bimini is a growing American animal health company based in the Animal Health Corridor that develops and manufactures pet health products in soft chew, powder, oil, liquid, baked goods and other forms. The company’s facilities are cGMP certified for human food production (21 CFR part 117), FDA registered and USDA-inspected and approved for export to Canada. Other global markets to follow shortly. Bimini offers private/white label and custom manufacturing opportunities for new entrants into the market and existing companies as well as its trademark and patent pending Bimini’s Best branded products for large retail and export market participants. www.bininipethealth.com