Finalists for SuperZoo Pitch Competition announced

Leap Venture Studios will honor the winners at an event in Las Vegas.

Leap Venture Studio, the world’s first and largest pet care-specific accelerator, is excited to announce that five exceptional finalists have been selected for the SuperZoo Pitch Competition to showcase their innovative solutions in pet care for a chance to win a $10,000 prize. The event will take place in Las Vegas on Friday, August 18th, from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Emerging Brands Stage during SuperZoo, the leading trade show for professionals in the pet industry.

Attendees will have the opportunity to witness the passion and dedication of the following five finalists:

  • Founder Sharon Tuggle of 5 Element Food Therapy, a line of pet food supplements based in traditional Chinese veterinary medicine to help nourish the bodies of pets, companions and best friends everywhere.
  • Co-Founder Jaime Cooper of D.R.E.A.M Pet Food, a hip-hop-inspired natural pet food treat that represents the culture and creates an experience for pet owners to enjoy and share with their pets.
  • Founder Jonaie Johnson of Interplay, a crate accessory and mobile app that allows pet owners to interact with their pets while they’re away from home, including video and audio access, music and sound features, and food and water dispensers.
  • Founder Kayla Oliver of The Girl Who Speaks Dog, a boarding and training service in Atlanta, Georgia, that specializes in human-dog relationships. 
  • Founder LaShaun Chapman of Vybe Â·  House Industries, a unique dog training and tracking system that can correct unwanted behaviors while also collecting biometric data to keep your pet healthy. 

Immediately following the pitch competition, from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm, Leap Venture Studio will host an Investor Panel on the Emerging Brands Stage. The panel discussion will focus on fundraising strategies and provide valuable tips to empower entrepreneurs in raising the capital necessary to propel their businesses forward.

"Our joint commitment to equity and inclusion is creating a more inclusive place for people of color in the pet industry. Partnering with Leap has been an exciting opportunity," said Lashonda Geffrard, founder of Black Pet Business Network.

Furthermore, Leap Venture Studio will be supporting two other noteworthy events:

Bundle x Joy's "Bubbles x Beats" SuperZoo Networking Event:

Date: Thursday, August 17th, 2023

Time: 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Location: Booth #1846

Description: Join us at the Bundle x Joy's "Bubbles x Beats" networking event, celebrating women in the pet industry. This event will feature bubbly drinks, industry networking opportunities, and a unique tattoo station. Additionally, at 3:30 pm, the community will gather for a memorable group photo.

PetPlate Presents A Seat at the Table: A Fireside Chat with Retail Buyers and Founders of Color

Date: Thursday, August 17th, 2023

Time: 10:00 am to 11:00 am

Location: Booth #1148

Description: PetPlate, a Leap Venture Studio Alumnus (2018) and a Black-founded pet brand, will host a fireside chat between emerging underrepresented brand founders and established retail buyers. This open and honest conversation will shed light on what attracts buyers to newer brands and how emerging brands can increase their visibility and secure shelf space with the right partners.


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