The Native Pet


Entrepreneurially Thinking Joining us in this episode are Dan Schaefer and Pat Barron, Founders of Native Pet, a pet food and nutrition company that makes organic, highly effective and limited ingredient pet supplements for cats and dogs. Pat and Dan are St. Louis natives, friends and passionate pet parents who were discouraged by the declining health of U.S. pets with more pets suffering from obesity, extensive health issues and shorter life spans.

Read more... With the start of a new decade and millennials continuing to embrace pet ownership, Leap intends to continue fostering growth within a multi-billion dollar market. The seven companies selected for the third cohort represent a diverse mix of entrepreneurs looking to revolutionize products and services ranging from veterinary services to marketplaces to training.

Read more... On February 11, three partners in the pet care and innovation industries—Kinship, Michelson Found Animals Foundation and R/GA Ventures—announced Native Pet participating in the third cohort of the Leap Venture Studio (Leap), the first startup program designed to foster innovation in the fast-growing pet industry. 

Read more... Native Pet, which has operations in St. Louis and Detroit, is taking part in Leap Venture Studio, a 12-week startup accelerator. “The program is an amazing opportunity to be in an ecosystem of people who really just think about the pet market. It’s an unbelievably diverse and talented group of people, across the three different organizations that put it on,” said Native Pet co-founder and CEO Dan Schaefer.

Read more... The Leap program selects startups “primed to disrupt the pet care industry,” varying from sustainable innovators to modern veterinary solutions and new takes on pet nutrition. Since its founding, all 12 companies that have participated in Leap’s program have continued to compete in the pet market and, altogether, have raised more than $50 million in venture capital funding.


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