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.
Application & Timeline
SEP 15, 2019
OCT 31, 2019
DEC 2, 2019
FEB 10, 2020
MAY 7, 2020
Leap Venture Studio Overview
Learn about what you can expect from the program!
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.