Leap Venture Academy

The Leap Venture Academy connects pet care entrepreneurs with key resources to help foster innovation and development in the rapidly growing pet care industry.
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Creating opportunities and community to further develop ideas getting ready to take the next step.

Our programming elevates your business by connecting with industry experts, partners and your peers to position your business to start the fundraising process.

Leap Venture Academy

Leap Venture Academy is a series of pre-accelerator, community-building programs for early-stage pet care startups and innovators. These activities include fellowship programs and pitch competitions. Learn more about current opportunities on our Events page.



Academy Fellowship is multi-day crash courses on everything you need to know for your pet care start-up. Fellowship is a great networking opportunity for entrepreneurs looking to meet mentors, investors and other startup founders. During the fellowships, we hold panels that cover important topics like developing your brand, hiring strategies, raising venture capital and much more.

To see if we have a fellowship coming up, click here.

Pitch Competitions

The Leap Venture Academy’s Pitch competition invites the most promising pet care startups to the stage for live contests at the industry’s biggest events.

This is an opportunity for startups to receive equity-free grants and industry exposure all in one place. Academy pitch competitions are right for companies at any stage in their development from idea to repeated revenue.

ELIGIBILITY: Please note, competitions are open to any startup or individual innovating in the pet care market. Startups ranging from idea to revenue, profit to non-profit, are encouraged to apply. You must be willing to attend the pet care event where the competition takes place. Tickets, passes, travel and accommodations are not provided by Leap.


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