Leap Venture Studio

Leap Venture Studio is a highly competitive accelerator program designed to provide you the tools to succeed within the ever-growing pet space. With the support of our Leap Venture Studio partners, Mars Petcare, Michelson Found Animals Foundation, and R/GA, we are able to diagnose and fill the gaps your startup needs most.
the leap difference

We are founder focused and community driven. We believe in collaboration as a foundation for success.

We believe representation matters. Our founders come from diverse backgrounds around the world, ready to change the lives of pets and their people.

Leap Venture Studio

The Leap Venture studio is a 12 week program that consists of 6-8 startups to ensure all pet businesses get the individualized attention required. If selected into the program you will receive an investment of $200,000 USD. The program is designed in a hybrid format, 2 weeks will be in-person, the remaining 10 weeks will take place virtually.
During the three months you will:
  • Get expert feedback on your most pressing business roadblocks
  • Reach milestones with the help of industry experts
  • Receive a world-class services project from R/GA Ventures
  • Network and learn from other pet care founders
  • Gain access to a network of highly-connected pet care leaders who will support you throughout your founder journey.
At the end of the program, you’ll have the opportunity to virtually present at a demo day to investors, industry leaders, media and your peers in the startup community.
  • All the parties involved in LEAP are super well-connected in the pet care ecosystem and super helpful in connecting you with the right people to bring your company to the next level!

    Jonathan Loesling

    CEO, Rex

  • The whole Leap team has been incredibly engaged when it comes to helping our business, be it via introductions to relevant people and giving us feedback on our business.

    Pat Barron

    Co-founder, Native Pet

  • My experience in Leap was nothing short of amazing. The mentor and networking opportunities were great and the entire Leap team is fantastic!

    Katherine Ellison

    Co-founder, Bright Planet

  • We made meaningful and supportive relationships with other founders in the cohort that last far beyond the end of the program.

    Alyssa Borden

    Co-founder, Vetsie

  • Being surrounded and supported by industry experts, innovators, and world-class operators helped us prepare for the next phase of growth in our business.

    Andrew Luna

    Co-founder, Hound

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Your partners to grow your pet business...

Mars Petcare believes pets make our world better, that’s why they are dedicated to making: A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS. Through comprehensive veterinary care, nutrition, breakthrough programs in diagnostics, wearable health monitoring, DNA testing and pet welfare, their 100,000 Petcare Associates help pets in more than 130 countries.

Mars Petcare supports the industry’s boldest new ideas and startups by leveraging resources, capabilities and data in one place, one platform. It is focused on spring-boarding innovation in the pet care space and is making the lives of pets and their owners better.

Mars Petcare's deep knowledge of pet wellness is unparalleled. Their team of industry experts are there to support you each step of the way. We will match you with the right specialist for your company’s needs.
Michelson Found Animals Foundation is a leading animal welfare non-profit organization working at the nexus of pets, people and policy. With a mission of saving pets and enriching lives, Michelson Found Animals combines social entrepreneurship, innovative philanthropy, thought leadership and investment to accelerate pet startups to improve the lives of pets and their people. Since its inception in 2005, Michelson Found Animals has helped more than 5 million pets.

To support portfolio companies focused on any aspect of animal welfare, Michelson Found Animals will connect your team with new partners to advance both your goals and that of the animal rescue community.
R/GA Ventures helps industry leaders embrace disruption, connecting them with emerging startups, technologies and consumer behaviors to drive their businesses forward.

As one of the world’s largest and marketing service agencies you’ll have access to their team and services to bring your brand to new heights.

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