The Pet Care Innovation Prize and Network both offer amazing opportunities for pet care entrepreneurs. Both focus on getting financial connections, developing an active peer network, and providing business support for growing young companies.

If you are a high potential or high growth entrepreneur, get involved in one of our events to learn more about the Pet Care Innovation Prize and the Pet Care Innovation Network.

2020 Events

In an effort to keep everyone safe this summer, our events have moved online. Turns out, that means you can participate wherever you live!

Summer 2020 Perspective: "Pet Care Startup Mapping"

This summer join us for our 3-part series, and be included in our effort to map all the amazing startups in pet care – wherever they are.

July 15 – Collaborative Pet Care
It takes a village to care for our pets, and the easier it is to be involved, the better for pets, people and pet businesses.
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July 29 – Not Just Nutrition
Pet nutrition is evolving with expectations around functional results, sustainability, ethics, transparency, and customization driving innovation opportunities.
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August 12, 3pm CDT – Digital Transformation of Pet Life
Today’s pet parent engages with e-commerce, orders online and picks up curbside, uses digital devices, books services online, and more to care for their pets.
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Legal Overview for Pet Care Entrepreneurs

Winners of the PCIP enjoy a lot of perks besides the cash, and many startups believe the coaching and mentoring is priceless. This workshop was part of the PCIP 2020 Winner’s Bootcamp held at the Nestle-Purina Headquarters. Listen in on this recording of the “Legal Issues” session where they’ll explore how large companies view working with startups, governance, business structure, intellectual property, NDAs, contracts and more.

2019 Events

Our 2019 events have concluded. Check out what you might have missed here:

PCIP on the Road
May-August 2019
The PCIP was in San Francisco, Baltimore, Seattle, Boston, New York, Los Angeles, and at SuperZoo in Las Vegas meeting pet care startups and bringing investors and industry insiders. Click here to see the recap.

Pet Startups and the PCIP (webinar)
At this session we gave all the details and provided tools on why and how to apply for the 2020 Pet Care Innovation Prize, including tips on submitting a winning application. See the archive here.

Want us to visit your pet care startup community in 2020? Email to let us know where we should visit!

2018 Events

Hundreds of pet care entrepreneurs, supporters and people in the space got together with the Pet Care Innovation Prize in 2018 at live events like:

Pet Care Startup Opportunities: SuperZoo Las Vegas
Click here for a recap of the event.

Pet Care Startup Growth: New York City
Click here for a recap and full video of the event.

Pet Care Startup Growth: Chicago
Click here for a recap and full video of the event.

Pet Care Startup Growth: San Francisco
Click here for a recap and full video of the event.

Past Webinars for Pet Care Startups

PCIP Winners participate in an amazing weeklong Pet Care Industry Boot Camp. In 2017, the PCIP turned some of the content from that Boot Camp into a series of free pet care entrepreneurship webinars. Co-presented with Pet Age, they highlight some of the skills and insights needed to succeed as a food, treat, pet-tech, pet product, or pet service business.

Whether you are an entrepreneur or just want to explore what it takes, these free sessions with industry experts will help you. Check out recordings of our past sessions:

Reality in the Pet Care Industry and What Entrepreneurs Can Do About It
John Gibbons at Pet Business Professor.

Entrepreneurship: Product/Market Fit in the Pet Care Industry
Carina Evans of Dog Rocks/Podium Pet Products and Kelly Ison of Einstein Pets.

From Bootstrap to Scale – The Strategy of Pet Care Company Growth
Jim von der Heydt of InnoVentures and Hilary Wade of Obe, the 2016 Pet Care Innovation Prize Grand Prize Winner.

Pet Food & Treat Startups: Scaling Production Creatively
Joe Golembeski, Manager, Product Supply Innovation at Nestlé Purina North America and William Madden, Founder of Right Brain Consulting and author of “Separating the Con Man From the Co Man: How to Source a Contract Manufacturer.”

Presented by

Pet Care Innovation Prize & Pet Age