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.

Leap Fellowship 2023 Information and Criteria

This program will be held in person in Europe Fall 2023. Location is TBA. The Leap fellowship program is for underrepresented founders (female or person of color on the founding team) the female or founder of color must be able to attend the program in person. Companies do not have to be European based, but must be able to travel to Europe to attend the program in person.

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Application & Timeline

    • Applications Now Open

    • Applications Close

      September 4th, 2023

    • Interviews

      September 18-22nd, 2023

    • Selected Companies Notified

      October 2nd, 2023

    • Fellowship In Person in Europe – Location TBA

      November 6-10th, 2023



    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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