This post was written by the VetVet team for our Leap Venture Studio & Academy blog. VetVet helps new pet parents discover incredible veterinarians based on what is most important to them. Whether it’s location, affordability, experience, languages spoken, or other factors, we believe anyone can find a vet they’ll love on VetVet.

These days, it seems like everything is moving online. Many of us are afraid to venture out of our homes in an age of social distancing unless necessary. However, even in ordinary times, it can seem advantageous to reach for your smartphone or computer and get what…


Elena Dede (left) and George Chorevas (right), co-founders of Woof Together.

From February through May 2021, 8 pet care startups from 5 different countries joined the Leap Venture Studio to enhance their business plans, prepare for fundraising milestones, and establish minimum viable brands. Learn more about each startup and their leaders through our blog series on Cohort 4. We asked each founder questions about their startup journey, who inspires them, and of course a little bit about their pets!

Woof Together (Athens, Greece): Woof Together is an innovative startup setting the standards in pet-friendly hospitality by assessing, certifying, and training pet-friendly hospitality businesses. The travel industry is booming with people wanting…


Toletta team members! Saya Negoro (top left), Ken Takagi (top right), Koji Hori (bottom left), and Keiji Matsumoto (bottom right).

From February through May 2021, 8 pet care startups from 5 different countries joined the Leap Venture Studio to enhance their business plans, prepare for fundraising milestones, and establish minimum viable brands. Learn more about each startup and their leaders through our blog series on Cohort 4. We asked each founder questions about their startup journey, who inspires them, and of course a little bit about their pets!

Toletta Cats Inc. (Fujisawa, Japan): Toletta® is a “smart” cat litter box capable of detecting early symptoms of common feline diseases, without the stress of a veterinarian visit. …


Damien Clarkson, Judy Nadel, Russell White, and Michiel van Deursen, co-founders of THE PACK (from left to right).

From February through May 2021, 8 pet care startups from 5 different countries joined the Leap Venture Studio to enhance their business plans, prepare for fundraising milestones, and establish minimum viable brands. Learn more about each startup and their leaders through our blog series on Cohort 4. We asked each founder questions about their startup journey, who inspires them, and of course a little bit about their pets!

THE PACK. (London): THE PACK are on a mission to cook-up delicious, drool-inducing, plant-based meals for every dog bowl in the world. A kind that’s better for dogs, and the planet too…


Founder of The Bark Shoppe, Melissa Mitchner.

From February through May 2021, 8 pet care startups from 5 different countries joined the Leap Venture Studio to enhance their business plans, prepare for fundraising milestones, and establish minimum viable brands. Learn more about each startup and their leaders through our blog series on Cohort 4. We asked each founder questions about their startup journey, who inspires them, and of course a little bit about their pets!

The Bark Shoppe (New York City): The Bark Shoppe is a premier pet care company specializing in pet grooming. They endeavor to standardize and therefore professionalize the pet grooming industry by providing…


Adrian Archie, founder of petNmind, with his two pups.

From February through May 2021, 8 pet care startups from 5 different countries joined the Leap Venture Studio to enhance their business plans, prepare for fundraising milestones, and establish minimum viable brands. Learn more about each startup and their leaders through our blog series on Cohort 4. We asked each founder questions about their startup journey, who inspires them, and of course a little bit about their pets!

petNmind (Coconut Creek, Florida): petNmind’s mission is to enhance the bond between pets and their humans by focusing on quality products, insightful education, simple pet-washing services, and local product delivery, which creates…


Garrett Wymore (left) and Caroline Buck (right), co-founders of Petaluma.

From February through May 2021, 8 pet care startups from 5 different countries joined the Leap Venture Studio to enhance their business plans, prepare for fundraising milestones, and establish minimum viable brands. Learn more about each startup and their leaders through our blog series on Cohort 4. We asked each founder questions about their startup journey, who inspires them, and of course a little bit about their pets!

Petaluma, Inc. (Oakland, California): Petaluma is a public benefit corporation that formulates sustainable dog nutrition with environmentally-friendly and animal-free ingredients. Their mission is to make it easier for fellow pet lovers to…


Gaston Dedieu (left), María Nougués (center), and Gonzalo Sisack Novillo (right), co-founders of Oliver Pets.

From February through May 2021, 8 pet care startups from 5 different countries joined the Leap Venture Studio to enhance their business plans, prepare for fundraising milestones, and establish minimum viable brands. Learn more about each startup and their leaders through our blog series on Cohort 4. We asked each founder questions about their startup journey, who inspires them, and of course a little bit about their pets!

Oliver Pets (Mexico City, Mexico & Buenos Aires, Argentina): Oliver Pets is the all-in-one service platform that makes pet parenting more simple and fun. …


Dr. Kate Mezan (left) and Nayoung Susie Kim (right), the co-founders of Highfive Vet Wholesale, with their dogs!

From February through May 2021, 8 pet care startups from 5 different countries joined the Leap Venture Studio to enhance their business plans, prepare for fundraising milestones, and establish minimum viable brands. Learn more about each startup and their leaders through our blog series on Cohort 4. We asked each founder questions about their startup journey, who inspires them, and of course a little bit about their pets!

Highfive Vet Wholesale (Moss Beach, California): Highfive Vet Wholesale is a radically transparent B2B marketplace for wholesale pet prescription drugs, connecting manufacturers directly with shelters & veterinarians. …


As its name suggests, Leap Venture Studio has always been a driving force behind positive change in the pet care industry. And Leap’s 2021 Cohort 4 Startups are a great reflection of the change that is happening, and the progress we’re collectively making.

There is no denying that our industry has radically changed over the past 12 months. From business models, to supply chains, to our purpose and beliefs, many of us had to completely rethink and reimagine what pet care could be to the world. …

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