Funds up to $200K per team
Funds 8 startups per year
Markets Pets Pet Care
Invests in Europe North America South America Asia Africa 8 more
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A smarter world for pets and their people starts here

The Leap Venture Studio is the first pet care-specific startup accelerator. The Studio represents Mars Petcare and Michelson Found Animals’ commitment to improving the lives of pets and their owners through science, technology and innovation. The Venture Studio is supported by R/GA, a world-class services platform that connects our startups with award-winning strategists, technologists, designers and consultants. The combined networks and resources of R/GA, Mars Petcare (Kinship) and Michelson Found Animals, make the Leap Venture Studio the most effective startup program in the pet care industry.

The Leap Venture Studio culminates in a live-pitch event where Studio companies pitch to investors, industry leaders and the LA startup community. Studio companies receive an investment of up to $200K at the end of the program.

How it works:
Each cohort of the annual program consists of 6-8 companies that w...
APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN!

A smarter world for pets and their people starts here

The Leap Venture Studio is the first pet care-specific startup accelerator. The Studio represents Mars Petcare and Michelson Found Animals’ commitment to improving the lives of pets and their owners through science, technology and innovation. The Venture Studio is supported by R/GA, a world-class services platform that connects our startups with award-winning strategists, technologists, designers and consultants. The combined networks and resources of R/GA, Mars Petcare (Kinship) and Michelson Found Animals, make the Leap Venture Studio the most effective startup program in the pet care industry.

The Leap Venture Studio culminates in a live-pitch event where Studio companies pitch to investors, industry leaders and the LA startup community. Studio companies receive an investment of up to $200K at the end of the program.

How it works:
Each cohort of the annual program consists of 6-8 companies that work with the Leap partners in the studio for a total of 12 weeks. The Studio program is based in Los Angeles but does not require participants to be present for its entirety. The Leap Venture Studio is highly customized to the different needs of each company in the cohort

A customized team of R/GA’s award-winning strategists, technologists, designers, and consultants will = collaborate with each company to help execute this plan and preparing them for future milestones including fundraising, pitching, and business development. Founders will also have access to mentors and resources from the Mars Petcare and Michelson Found Animals teams and their extended networks.

Areas of Interest:
Pet Nutrition and Fitness
Pet Health and Medical
Pet Diagnostics
Solutions, Platforms, and Services for Pet Owners and Vets

Sample Technologies:
AI/Machine Learning
Advanced Analytics
Connected Products and Spaces
Genetics
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Staff

Asad Butt
Admin
Ben Jacobs
Admin
Brett Yates
Admin
Brett Yates Jack of all trades developer. I design, code web and mobile, front end, back end, APIs, database, entrepreneur. Love building products.
Brett Yates
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Dylan Boyd
Admin
Dylan Boyd R/GA Ventures. Overseeing and developing new programs with corporate partners and clients to bring the best new companies to market.
Elizabeth David
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Elizabeth David R/GA Ventures, the investment and innovation arm of global agency, R/GA
Isabel Havens
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Isabel Havens Program Coordinator @ Leap Ventures
Winson Wong
Admin
Winson Wong Head of Business Development, Mars Petcare

Recommendations

Peter Alberti CEO at Inulogica

I've been involved with Kinship via their Slack channel (http://kinshipco.slack.com). This is one of the most supportive groups I've met. The opportunity to participate in programs, and collaborate with other industry startups (and experts) is amazing. Every pet industry company should get involved!