About Leap Venture Studio

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 accelerator in the pet care industry.

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. 

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

The next Leap Venture Studio program will take place from February to May 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Applications are now closed.

LEAP VENTURE STUDIO OVERVIEW

Learn about what you can expect from the program!

Application & Timeline

SEP 15, 2019
OCT 31, 2019
DEC 2, 2019
FEB 10, 2020
MAY 7, 2020

SEP 15, 2019

Applications Open

OCT 31, 2019

Applications Close

DEC 2, 2019

Decisions Released

FEB 10, 2020

Program Starts

MAY 7, 2020

Demo Day

2019 Cohort 

Barkibu

Barkibu helps pet parents understand their pet’s health and navigate them to the appropriate care through an AI-powered pet health platform.

Jiminy’s

Jiminy’s replaces animal protein with cricket protein, creating a line of sustainable pet food.

Pet Releaf

Pet Releaf is redefining what healthy means for pets through the power of hemp.

Shameless Pets

Shameless Pets works to reduce the environmental impact of pet food through their nutritional upcycled treats.

Sniffspot

Sniffspot’s marketplace platform connects owners to different outdoor locations, unlocking new spaces for pets.

Smalls

Smalls makes human-grade food for cats that leaves the fillers and mystery ingredients behind.

2018 Cohort 

AnimalBiome

AnimalBiome provides non-invasive diagnostics and microbiome restoration for healthier pets.

CuidaMiMascota

CuidaMiMascota connects pet owners with trusted pet sitters that offer cage-free, safe and cost-effective care in Latin America.

Lacuna Diagnostics

Lacuna Diagnostics offers digital pathology services for the veterinary market, reducing diagnosis time from days to minutes

Mixlab

MixLab is a modern veterinary compounding pharmacy that creates personalized medicines and wellness products for pets.

Pet Plate

PetPlate is an online subscription service that delivers freshly-cooked, vet-designed, human-grade dog food right to your door.

Wild Earth

Wild Earth is a biotech startup developing clean and sustainable gourmet pet food from fungi.

MENTORS

The Leap Venture Studio invites experts and professionals from the startup and pet care space to support the growth of each company throughout the 12 weeks. 

Leap Venture Studio Partners