About Leap Venture Studio

The Leap Venture Studio is the first pet care-specific startup accelerator. The Studio represents Michelson Found Animals and Mars Petcare’s 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 Mars Petcare 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 program will be presented in a hybrid format, 2 weeks will be presented in person, and 10 weeks will take place virtually. 

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 $200K USD if selected into the program.

The next Leap Venture Studio program will take place from March – June, 2023. Applications are now open through December 18th, 2023 | 12:59a PT. Apply here!

Application & Timeline

MAY 23, 2022
JUNE 26, 2022
AUGUST 8, 2022
SEPTEMBER 26, 2022
DECEMBER 15, 2022

MAY 23, 2022

Applications Open

JUNE 26, 2022

Applications Close

AUGUST 8, 2022

Decisions Released

SEPTEMBER 26, 2022

Program Starts

DECEMBER 15, 2022

Demo Day

LEAP VENTURE STUDIO OVERVIEW

Learn about what you can expect from the program!

Portfolio

We invest in some of the world’s top pet care companies.

We are proud and honored to work with founders who are creating a smarter world for pets and their people.

Leap Venture Studio Partners