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 Studio program is based in Los Angeles, but due to COVID-19, the 2021 program will be entirely virtual. 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 2021 virtually. Applications are now closed.
Application & Timeline
SEP 8, 2020
OCT 15, 2020
DEC 15, 2020
FEB 8, 2021
MAY 6, 2021
LEAP VENTURE STUDIO OVERVIEW
Learn about what you can expect from the program!
Highfive Vet Wholesale is a radically transparent B2B marketplace for wholesale pet prescription drugs, connecting manufacturers directly with shelters & veterinarians.
Oliver Pets is the all-in-one service platform that makes pet parenting more simple and fun.
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 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.
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 is an innovative startup setting the standards in pet-friendly hospitality by assessing, certifying, and training pet-friendly hospitality businesses.
Dogdrop is a new kind of dog daycare based around convenience and flexibility—monthly subscription, multiple retail locations, well-designed and tech-enabled.
Dogo is a mobile dog training app that helps strengthen the bond between dog owners and their best friends.
Native Pet is redefining pet supplements by harnessing the nutritional power of whole food ingredients to deliver highly effective, clean label supplements.
Project Blu is on a mission to revolutionize the pet accessories market and become the global leader for sustainable pet products.
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.
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.
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.
MixLab is a modern veterinary compounding pharmacy that creates personalized medicines and wellness products for pets.
PetPlate is an online subscription service that delivers freshly-cooked, vet-designed, human-grade dog food right to your door.
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.