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 Pebble, 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!

Pebble (Moss Beach, California): Pebble currently helps shelters save money on drugs for pets by connecting them directly to manufacturers. Pebble seeks to provide transparency in every step of the supply chain…


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. …


Images of the founders from all 8 pet care startups joining our 4th cohort of the Leap Venture Studio.

The Leap Venture Studio is proud to announce the eight pet care startups that are joining its fourth cohort. The startups — coming from five different countries — were chosen for their unique products and services that are forging new trails in the $100 billion pet care industry.

The emotional comfort and support of our pets has been the one constant during a year of pandemic, economic upheaval, and more. With huge increases in the adoption of dogs and cats — the Los Angeles chapter of the society for the prevention of cruelty to animals reports there were, on average…


Lacuna Diagnostics wins 1st place at Pet Project Pitch Competition in 2017.

The Leap Venture Studio is proud to share that Lacuna Diagnostics, a pet care startup from our 1st cohort, has been acquired by the Heska Corporation to expand their point-of-care diagnostics digital cytology technology and telemedicine services. Michelson Found Animals and Kinship, a division of Mars Petcare, partnered to launch the Leap Venture Studio in 2018 to springboard innovation in the growing pet ecosystem.

Lacuna Diagnostics was founded in 2016 in Fort Collins, Colorado with the goal of improving the veterinary standard of care by enabling real-time diagnostics for pets. The company works with over 25 board-certified clinical pathologists from…


Here are the 12 cat startups joining Leap for the 1st ever Cat Summit.

The Leap Venture Academy is excited to announce the 12 startups participating in its Cat Summit on October 29th. Taking place on National Cat Day, this event is focused on helping cat-specific startups build a community of like-minded founders and evolve their businesses.

The Leap Venture Academy’s Cat Summit is a one day program for entrepreneurs working on an early stage idea or company focused on cats and those who love them. During the Summit, founders will hear from expert speakers, meet with industry mentors, and attend fireside chats with successful founders. …


Fifteen of the most promising pet care startups collectively received $90k in funding after graduating from the Leap Venture Academy Bootcamp today. The weeklong annual Bootcamp connected founders who identify as female and/or as a person of color with the resources and mentorship needed to get their startups to the next stage in their business.

WoofTogether was awarded $20k to grow its startup.

The Bootcamp represents Leap’s renewed commitment to support early stage pet care startup founders who identify as female and/or as a person of color — groups historically underrepresented in the industry and investment. …


Today, our Leap Venture Studio applications open for our 4th accelerator for pet care startups. The program will be entirely online and run from February to May 2021.

Leap’s mission is to create a smarter world for pets and their people. Our investments in startups reflect our commitment to that mission. Over the past three cohorts, we’ve supported sustainable treats for dogs, better end of life care for our pets, and platforms & services that make it easier to care for our pets with the love they deserve. …

Leap Venture Studio & Academy

A smarter world for pets & their people starts here. Partnership between Michelson Found Animals and Kinship, a division of Mars Petcare.

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