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Kansas City startups not slowed down by the pandemic

Close-up photo looking directly at the face of a brown cow with its left ear pointing forward and its right ear pointing backwards.
William Isted
One Kansas City startup has developed a mobile app that can detect disease in cattle before they show signs of sickness.

Three Kansas City startup owners describe their products and why they chose to start their businesses in the midst of the pandemic.

Business innovation is alive and well in Kansas City. Last month, Startland News highlighted their 10 Kansas City startups to watch. Up To Date spoke with the owners of three of them about their products and their decision to launch now and in Kansas City.

Kenzen is harnessing the power of big data to predict and prevent industrial workforce injuries and improve productivity.

Interplay is developing a dog crate attachment that allows an owner to remotely feed and water their pet and visually check on them.

MyAniml uses facial analysis of cattle to see disease before symptoms are noticeable, which could save the bovine industry millions.

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