Baltimore: Fitting In and Standing Out as an Entrepreneur in the Pet Care Industry

Betamore in Baltimore hosted the PCIP in June 2019, bringing the pet care startup ecosystem in the Mid-Atlantic region together to explore what companies and where they’re going.

Three exciting startups from the region showcased what they’re doing, including:

  • Chippin – Launched out of our grad school apartment while at Wharton, we are currently selling Chippin snacks in over 30 retailers and online.
  • HotDawg Co. – The HotDawg Co. is a pet-safety product company focused on integrating IoT & technology into existing products to improve overall pet health.
  • Pet Connect – Pet Connect is a free mobile app for pet owners that allows them to explore over 100,000 pet-friendly resources across the US and access valuable tools for pet ownership.

These startups networked with each other – many pet care founders don’t have peers to learn from and rely on without events like these – and the audience and panelists before and after the panel discussion (video below).

Panelists included Dave Comiskey of Barkly Pets, Adam Hobler of  Purina/9 Square Ventures, Dr. Katy Nelson – veterinarian and host of, and Ben Novak – Angel Investor and venture capital lawyer with Morgan Lewis.

Following brief pitches by Chippin, HotDawg Co., and Pet Connect, the panel discussed getting started, what’s special about pet care startups, and how to raise investment.  See the whole discussion below or click here.