About Leap Venture Studio

The Leap Venture Studio is the first pet care-specific startup accelerator. The Studio represents Michelson Found Animals and Kinships’ commitment to improving the lives of pets and their owners through science, technology, and innovation. The Studio is supported by R/GA Ventures, 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, Michelson Found Animals, and Kinship 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 Leap Venture Studio is highly customized to the different needs of each company in the cohort.

The Leap Venture Studio culminates in an online 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 2022. Applications are closed for 2022.

Application & Timeline

SEP 15, 2021
OCT 17, 2021
DEC 15, 2021
FEB 7, 2022
MAY 5, 2022

SEP 15, 2021

Applications Open

OCT 17, 2021

Applications Close

DEC 15, 2021

Decisions Released

FEB 7, 2022

Program Starts

MAY 5, 2022

Demo Day


Learn about what you can expect from the program!

2021 Cohort


Highfive Vet Wholesale

Highfive Vet Wholesale is a radically transparent B2B marketplace for wholesale pet prescription drugs, connecting manufacturers directly with shelters & veterinarians.

Oliver Pets

Oliver Pets is the all-in-one service platform that makes pet parenting more simple and fun.


Petaluma is a public benefit corporation that formulates sustainable dog nutrition with environmentally-friendly and animal-free ingredients.

petNmind Naturals

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. 

The Bark Shoppe

The Bark Shoppe is a premeir pet care company specializing in pet grooming, aimimg to standardize and certify pet groomers with their flagship grooming school and online training platform.


THE PACK are on a mission to cook-up delicious, drool-inducing plant-based meals for every dog-bowl in the world. A kind that’s better for dogs, and their planet too.


Toletta® is a “smart” cat litter box capable of detecting early symptoms of common feline diseases, without the stress of a veterinarian visit.

Woof Together

Woof Together is an innovative startup setting the standards in pet-friendly hospitality by assessing, certifying, and training pet-friendly hospitality businesses.

2020 Cohort

Bark Buildings

Bark Buildings is redefining “dog-friendly” in residential apartment buildings. 


Dogdrop is a new kind of dog daycare based around convenience and flexibility—monthly subscription, multiple retail locations, well-designed and tech-enabled.


Dogly is a marketplace that helps pet parents worry less by vetting and bringing together trainers, holistic vets, nutritionists, and other wellness advocates.


Dogo is a mobile dog training app that helps strengthen the bond between dog owners and their best friends.

Native Pet

Native Pet is redefining pet supplements by harnessing the nutritional power of whole food ingredients to deliver highly effective, clean label supplements.


Pet Hospice provides comfort and care to both pets and their families when the end of life nears. 

Project Blu

Project Blu is on a mission to revolutionize the pet accessories market and become the global leader for sustainable pet products. 

2019 Cohort 


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


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

2018 Cohort 


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


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 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.

Leap Venture Studio Partners