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PetHub Joins the Fourth Cohort of Plug and Play Topeka’s Accelerator Program

One of 12 international startups selected for the three-month program.




(PRESS RELEASE) WENATCHEE, WA— PetHub, Inc., the first networked database and subscription membership service for pets and pet parents in the United States, announced it’s one of the 12 global companies selected to participate in the fourth cohort of Plug and Play Topeka’s animal health and ag-tech accelerator program. The early-to-mid-stage startups were chosen by partners of the program after a pitch competition was held virtually in September.

“We are honored to be selected for this beneficial and innovative program,” said Lorien Clemens, co-founder and CEO of PetHub. “With a prominent program partner like Hill’s Pet Nutrition, the educational, networking and growth opportunities available to participants are immeasurable.”

Since launching in 2021, 41 businesses have graduated from Plug and Play Topeka. Participants in the three-month program are connected to resources that facilitate opportunities for business development, Proof of Concepts (POCs) and mentorship pilots.

The other 11 startups selected for the cohort include:

  • BioTip – Produces sticker technology that gives an exact freshness indicator.
  • Evanesce – Designs, develops and manufactures sustainable packaging and service ware solutions using the latest advancements in material science that are certified compostable, commercially scalable and cost-competitive.
  • Kibus Petcare – The first device that cooks healthy dog food automatically.
  • Matrixspec – A global leader in hyperspectral imaging for the food processing industry.
  • Metalchemy – Produces durable, organic packaging using nanotechnology that helps food stay fresh for longer.
  • Mighty Petz – Offers premium quality and healthy pet supplements and treats for dogs and cats.
  • Protenga – Develops data-driven Insect technology that enables a circular, regenerative economy along the food supply chain and produces best-in-class, sustainable insect products for pet food, animal feed and plants.
  • Precision Livestock Technologies – Uses artificial intelligence and machine vision to deliver data to boost production, increase quality and improve animal well-being.
  • SGMA – Specializes in coatings and advanced materials using the sol-gel process and develops sustainable solutions for today’s global problems.
  • Sphinx – The first of its kind automatic wet feeder helping pets, people and the planet.
  • Vizit – The global leader in predictive visual analytics, helping the world’s largest brands measure, manage and optimize image effectiveness through AI-powered visual brand performance software.

PetHub serves 800+ communities in the United States with digital pet licenses and rabies tags and its online platform is home to more than 1 million pet profiles. Learn more about PetHub and its offerings here.

About PetHub, Inc.

PetHub, Inc., was started in 2010 to combat the issue of low RTO (“return to owner”) rates for lost animals. Its mission is to help keep every family’s pets happy, safe and HOME for the rest of their lives. Combining software with a physical ID tag allows anyone to help a lost animal get home quickly, often avoiding a trip to a vet or a shelter. 96% of PetHub recovered “pack members” are home again in under 24-hours, and before ever entering a shelter. PetHub’s award-winning platform has multiple software and hardware patents pending on its ID tags and Internet services. The company’s tags are now in over 800 communities in the United States as their pet license or rabies tag, and more than 1 million pets are now members of




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