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Leap Ventures Launches Bootcamp Program To Foster Growth Of Early Stage Startups In $140B Pet Care Industry

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Leap Ventures (Leap) announced the launch of Leap Venture Academy Bootcamp, a weeklong program that is an extension of the successful collaboration between Kinship, a division of Mars Petcare, and Michelson Found Animals Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to keeping pets safe at home with the pet parents who love them. Through the Bootcamp program, these established pet care leaders will provide support to female-led, early stage ideas and startups looking to make an impact and break into the booming pet care industry.

Female leaders pose with Leap executives at the inaugural Leap Venture Academy Bootcamp focused on fostering growth of early stage pet startups.  SoonKyu Park, Business Operations Manager, Kinship Labs (far left), Aimee Gilbreath, Executive Director, Michelson Found Animals Foundation (third from left), Alya Michelson Co-Founder, Michelson Found Animals Foundation (fourth from right holding sign), Isabel Havens, Program Coordinator, Michelson Found Animals Foundation (third from right),  and Ali Miller, Director of Growth, Kinship Labs (second from right).

The weeklong Leap Venture Academy Bootcamp program includes workshops, fireside chats and networking opportunities designed to foster growth and inspiration. The first Leap Venture Academy Bootcamp, being held October 21 ? October 24, is invitation-only but free to attend, and is being held at the Los Angeles headquarters of Michelson Found Animals Foundation. Participants are female leaders from 13 companies spanning an array of pet-related verticals including, food, technology, wellness and more.

"For the inaugural Leap Venture Academy Bootcamp, we chose to exclusively support women-led startups," states Alya Michelson, co-founder of Michelson Found Animals Foundation. "It is a very personal moment for me as a musician and artist working in areas heavily dominated by men. I recognize the value and importance in having gender-diversity within the pet industry and creating a pipeline of women-led startups for investment."

"The pet care industry's explosive growth shows no signs of abating, and there are boundless opportunities for brands to grow innovative solutions that improve the lives of pets," said Ben Jacobs, Head of Ventures and Partnerships at Kinship. "Since we launched Leap in 2017, we've been able to help springboard hundreds of startups through our Academy and a dozen companies through our exclusive accelerator program. The Bootcamp provides another opportunity for us to help early-stage companies advance to the next stage."

The 13 startups participating in the Leap Venture Academy Bootcamp include :

Leap Venture Academy Bootcamp is an opportunity to support Michelson Found Animals Foundation's mission of "Saving Pets, Enriching Lives" and represents Kinships and Mars Petcare's commitment to leveraging a wide spectrum of products and services to make "A Better World for Petstm." For more information, please visit: www.leapventurestudio.com.

About Leap Ventures
Created in 2017 by Kinship, a division of Mars Petcare and Michelson Found Animals, Leap Ventures is the first start-up-centric organization built to springboard innovation in the growing pet technology ecosystem. In Summer 2019, the organization launched Leap Venture Academy, a series of pre-accelerator and community building activities for early stage pet care startups in the space. For more information, please visit: www.leapventurestudio.com

About Kinship
Advances in science, technology, health and nutrition offer an opportunity to transform the $100B+ pet care industry. With industry-leading data and analytics capabilities, a $100M venture fund and pioneering startup accelerator program, unique set of technology businesses like Whistle and Wisdom Health, Kinship is building the first-of-its-kind coalition of partners to transform the future of pet care. Kinship is a business division of Mars Petcare, the global leader in pet health, nutrition and services, dedicated to one purpose: A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS.  For more information, please visit www.kinship.co.

About Michelson Found Animals Foundation
Michelson Found Animals Foundation is a leading animal welfare non-profit organization committed to ending pet homelessness. With a mission of Saving Pets, Enriching Lives, Found Animals operates a range of innovative programs that improve the lives of pets and their people, including the first free national microchip registry, solutions-based programs addressing pet adoption, low-cost spay neuter services and grants for research into non-surgical spay and neuter methods. Generously funded by Dr. Gary Michelson and Alya Michelson, Found Animals has helped more than 5 million pets since it was founded in 2005. Learn more at foundanimals.org.


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