2020 Petcare Innovation Summit Global

Petcare Innovation Virtual Summit

Harnessing innovation to capitalize on the petcare boom

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11am-7pm EST | VIRTUAL SUMMIT
15-16 December, 2020

“A very complete view on what's going on in terms of innovation in the Petcare category. ”

Guillaume Cretenot, Mars

Best In Show Innovation Showcase 2020: 15 of the most promising innovators in the Petcare industry are chosen by our Selection Committee to introduce their products on the main stage, in a quick-fire round of presentations. Click the link to apply now!


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Why Attend

Although seemingly ‘recession proof’, it is clear that the petcare market has still been experiencing major disruption as a result of the pandemic. How services are accessed, products are consumed, and pets are brought into the home is significantly changing.

Unlike the large petcare multinationals, growth companies and start-ups are agile to these shifts. Partnering has never been so critical to navigate the evolving market demand and maximize the commercial potential of growing consumer trends such as e-commerce convenience, humanization and personalization.

We are also witnessing a huge petcare boom with many pet companies achieving record months because of increased demand. With an uptick in interest from M&A players and buyers as we move into 2021, now is the time to assess your options to buy, sell or secure growth capital.

The Petcare Innovation Summit is the premier innovation and investment forum showcasing the most exciting brands in petcare and connecting innovators with investors and buyers. Join us virtually this year to network, learn and drive partnerships in this booming billion-dollar market!

 

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Best In Show

15 pet brands, hand-picked by the prestigious Selection Committee, introduce themselves and their products/services on the main stage, in a quick-fire round of presentations.

Submissions will be accepted from Mass and Prestige brands in Food, Treats, Supplements, Accessories and Hard Products, Insurance, Retail, Services and Technology. They should be early to mid-stage brands that are actively seeking financial investment, acquisition, distribution, and/or marketing.

The more detailed the application form, the more information the selection committee can use to make their decision. However, if you do not wish to fill in a question, please feel free to leave it blank.

What will I get as a finalist?

• Exposure – we will do pre and post event marketing content pieces with each finalist which gets sent to our database of over 20,000 US animal health, investment and petcare market executive networks.

• Mainstage Spotlight – you will be given the opportunity to showcase your brand to our virtual room of seasoned strategic M&A scouts, venture capital and private equity investors.

• Virtual Booth – each finalist will get their own “virtual booth” to include a product demo, brand video and company information, giving investors and potential partners the information they need to make a connection.

APPLICATION HAVE NOW CLOSED

Selection Committee

Author:

Andrew Katz

Managing Partner
Lab Lake Capital

Author:

Brock Weatherup

CEO & Founder
Metamorphosis Partners

Author:

Carol Frank

Managing Director
BirdsEye Advisory Group

Author:

David Levy

CEO
Pet Products Innovation

Author:

Sébastien Lafon

Founder
Adapt1st LLC

Author:

Bruce Truman

Founder
BLT Technology & Innovation Group

Author:

Josh Goldberg

Managing Director
Threadstone

Author:

Ben Jacobs

Partner
Atmosphere Co-founder & Board, Modern Animal

Author:

Anne Kitchen

Senior Accelerator Program Manager
Target

Anne is a Senior Accelerator Program Manager at Target. Graduate of the Carlson School of Management in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Anne joined Target in 2015 and has held roles in Merchandising, Supply Chain and most recently Target Accelerators. Anne is dedicated to entrepreneurship and giving access to those who are challenging the norm and pursuing their passions. She has the opportunity to do this daily through her work on the Target Takeoff program, which brings brands to life on shelves at Target. Anne has an energetic dog, Keegan, and a dramatic cat, Costello at home.

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15
Best In Show Brands
500+
One-to-One Meetings
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Industry leading Speakers

 

Davide Rossi

CEO
Fitbark

 

Davide Rossi

CEO
Fitbark

Davide Rossi

CEO
Fitbark

 

Davide Rossi is a Co-Founder and CEO of FitBark, a data-driven pet technology company focused on getting pets and their owners safe and healthy together. FitBark builds collar sensors and software infrastructure that helps humans in 140+ countries to develop real-time, comparative knowledge of their pet’s location, activity, quality of sleep, calorie balance, anxiety, skin conditions and overall health and behavior. FitBark is also a research-grade platform adopted by 100+ vet schools and research institutions to conduct research on new drugs, products and treatments related to mobility, anxious behaviors and skin conditions.

In a previous life, Davide designed Ferrari engines, co-founded BRM Model Cars, and managed Oil & Gas projects in Asia and the Middle East. More recently, he served as an investment banker with Deutsche Bank in New York, where he advised FinTech clients on capital raises and matters related to mergers and acquisitions.

Davide holds a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Università degli Studi di Padova (Italy) and a Master in Business Administration from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

 

Paul Allen

Founder and CEO
Woof Gang Bakery

We are the leading specialty retailer of pet food, pet supplies and professional pet grooming in North America, with more than 130 locations open or under development the U.S. 

Paul Allen

Founder and CEO
Woof Gang Bakery

Paul Allen

Founder and CEO
Woof Gang Bakery

We are the leading specialty retailer of pet food, pet supplies and professional pet grooming in North America, with more than 130 locations open or under development the U.S. 

Woof Gang Bakery was recently designated one of the top 10 largest retailers by Pet Business Media and one of Central Florida’s top privately held companies by the Orlando Business Journal. Woof Gang Bakery also was named best overall multi-unit retailer and received the Multi-Service Excellence Award from Pet Business Media, received the Retailer of the Year Franchise Award from Pet Product News and was recognized by Pet Insight magazine as one of the nation’s fastest-growing pet chains.

 

Ryan Honaker PhD

Director of Microbiology
NomNomNow

Ryan Honaker PhD

Director of Microbiology
NomNomNow

Ryan Honaker PhD

Director of Microbiology
NomNomNow
 

Danielle Sobel

CEO
Dandy

Danielle Sobel

CEO
Dandy

Danielle Sobel

CEO
Dandy
 

Yemi Adesokan

CSO and Co-Founder
GNUbiotics

Yemi Adesokan is Chief Scientific Officer and Co-Founder at Gnubiotics SA,  a Lausanne, Switzerland biotech company pioneering the development of Human Milk Oligosacchrides (HMOs) for infants and adults as well as Animal Milk Oligosaccharides (AMOs) for companion animals.  Yemi has been recognized for his innovative and pioneering work with awards such as the Boston Business Journal 40 under 40 award and the  MIT Technology Review’s annual list of 35 top global innovators under the age of 35 TR35.

Yemi Adesokan

CSO and Co-Founder
GNUbiotics

Yemi Adesokan

CSO and Co-Founder
GNUbiotics

Yemi Adesokan is Chief Scientific Officer and Co-Founder at Gnubiotics SA,  a Lausanne, Switzerland biotech company pioneering the development of Human Milk Oligosacchrides (HMOs) for infants and adults as well as Animal Milk Oligosaccharides (AMOs) for companion animals.  Yemi has been recognized for his innovative and pioneering work with awards such as the Boston Business Journal 40 under 40 award and the  MIT Technology Review’s annual list of 35 top global innovators under the age of 35 TR35. Yemi has a PhD in Chemistry from the University of California, Irvine and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Genetics with George Church at Harvard Medical School.

 

 

David Sprinkle

Research Director
Packaged Facts

David Sprinkle

Research Director
Packaged Facts

David Sprinkle

Research Director
Packaged Facts
 

Dr Emily Stein

Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder
TEEF!

Dr Emily Stein

Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder
TEEF!

Dr Emily Stein

Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder
TEEF!
 

Garrett Smallwood

CEO
Wag!

Garrett Smallwood

CEO
Wag!

Garrett Smallwood

CEO
Wag!
 

Shawn Buckley

Founder
JustFoodForDogs

Shawn Buckley

Founder
JustFoodForDogs

Shawn Buckley

Founder
JustFoodForDogs
 

Scott Ragan

Chief Executive Officer
Meowijuana, a SmarterPaw Brand

Scott Ragan

Chief Executive Officer
Meowijuana, a SmarterPaw Brand

Scott Ragan

Chief Executive Officer
Meowijuana, a SmarterPaw Brand
 

Kristin Matthews

President Co-Founder
Tom&Sawyer

Kristin Matthews

President Co-Founder
Tom&Sawyer

Kristin Matthews

President Co-Founder
Tom&Sawyer
 

Bruce Taillon

Senior Director, External Innovation
Elanco

Bruce Taillon

Senior Director, External Innovation
Elanco

Bruce Taillon

Senior Director, External Innovation
Elanco
 

Shaina Denny

CEO and Co-Founder
Dogdrop

Shaina Denny

CEO and Co-Founder
Dogdrop

Shaina Denny

CEO and Co-Founder
Dogdrop
 

Rich Kelleman

Founder & CEO
Bond Pet Foods

Rich is the Co-Founder and CEO of Bond Pet Foods, a Boulder, Colorado-based start-up that’s working with biotechnology to make pet food from pure microbial and recombinant animal proteins like chicken, turkey and fish, without the animal. Before diving into the world of pets and food tech, Rich was a strategic planner at a number of advertising agencies for more than 20 years including CP+B, Upshot, FCB and Fallon, where he lead brand strategy for brands like Burger King, P&G, Kellogg’s, and Coca-Cola

Rich Kelleman

Founder & CEO
Bond Pet Foods

Rich Kelleman

Founder & CEO
Bond Pet Foods

Rich is the Co-Founder and CEO of Bond Pet Foods, a Boulder, Colorado-based start-up that’s working with biotechnology to make pet food from pure microbial and recombinant animal proteins like chicken, turkey and fish, without the animal. Before diving into the world of pets and food tech, Rich was a strategic planner at a number of advertising agencies for more than 20 years including CP+B, Upshot, FCB and Fallon, where he lead brand strategy for brands like Burger King, P&G, Kellogg’s, and Coca-Cola

 

Deb Leon

CEO
WhiskerDocs

Deb Leon

CEO
WhiskerDocs

Deb Leon

CEO
WhiskerDocs
 

John Honchariw

Chief Executive Officer & Founder
Companion Labs

John Honchariw

Chief Executive Officer & Founder
Companion Labs

John Honchariw

Chief Executive Officer & Founder
Companion Labs
 

Susan Sholtis

President
Pet IQ

Susan Sholtis

President
Pet IQ

Susan Sholtis

President
Pet IQ
 

John Keatley

Chief Executive Officer
Scratchpay

John Keatley

Chief Executive Officer
Scratchpay

John Keatley

Chief Executive Officer
Scratchpay
 

Aimee Gilbreath

President
Pet Smart Charities

Aimee Gilbreath

President
Pet Smart Charities

Aimee Gilbreath

President
Pet Smart Charities
 

Meghan Knoll

General Manager
Super Chewer Bark

Meghan Knoll

General Manager
Super Chewer Bark

Meghan Knoll

General Manager
Super Chewer Bark
 

Jeannine Taaffe

Head of Digital Health
Kinship

Jeannine joined Kinship as Head of Digital Health in June 2017. Previously, Jeannine worked for Banfield Pet Hospital for over 17 years.  Jeannine joined the organization in 2001 to oversee marketing and sales for Banfield’s former pet insurance company — True Paws — which soon after evolved into an inside insurance sales team of three associates to a team of 16 associates today.  Jeannine held several leadership positions within Banfield  -- most recently as Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing. In that role.

Jeannine Taaffe

Head of Digital Health
Kinship

Jeannine Taaffe

Head of Digital Health
Kinship

Jeannine joined Kinship as Head of Digital Health in June 2017. Previously, Jeannine worked for Banfield Pet Hospital for over 17 years.  Jeannine joined the organization in 2001 to oversee marketing and sales for Banfield’s former pet insurance company — True Paws — which soon after evolved into an inside insurance sales team of three associates to a team of 16 associates today.  Jeannine held several leadership positions within Banfield  -- most recently as Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing. In that role. Jeannine was responsible for managing the company’s marketing and sales functions, call center, and wellness plan offerings. In addition to promoting and advertising the organization’s products and services, Jeannine also worked to develop strategic business plans and strategies to attain corporate sales and profit objectives.   

 

Prior to joining Banfield, Jeannine held a variety of account services positions working for Topak Marketing, Inc. and DVM Worldwide, both Philadelphia-based marketing agencies. During her time with both agencies, Jeannine was responsible for day-to-day client coordination, production and creative oversight, database management, and marketing campaign strategy and analysis.

 

She and her husband, Kent, reside in Portland, Ore. where they enjoy exploring the city, and shops and restaurants in their neighborhood, Portland’s Pearl District. Jeannine also enjoys watching movies, reading and cooking. She has a cat, Rudy, who is 7.

 

Nancy Hassel

Founder and President
American Pet Professionals

Nancy Hassel is the founder and President of American Pet Professionals, an award winning business networking, educational and multimedia organization for the pet industry since 2009.  Leading over 125 in-person educational networking events, seminars, fundraisers and online events for pet industry professionals. A Public Relations specialist for the pet industry, Nancy works with pet companies in many aspects of PR, event planning, media relations and training for pet professionals.  Nancy also co-hosts the boutique B2B trade-show, NYC Re-Tails & Sales

Nancy Hassel

Founder and President
American Pet Professionals

Nancy Hassel

Founder and President
American Pet Professionals

Nancy Hassel is the founder and President of American Pet Professionals, an award winning business networking, educational and multimedia organization for the pet industry since 2009.  Leading over 125 in-person educational networking events, seminars, fundraisers and online events for pet industry professionals. A Public Relations specialist for the pet industry, Nancy works with pet companies in many aspects of PR, event planning, media relations and training for pet professionals.  Nancy also co-hosts the boutique B2B trade-show, NYC Re-Tails & Sales Pet Expo, with Dana Humphrey every spring.  Also, Nancy is a speaker at various pet industry conferences, a writer for pet trade and consumer magazines, blogger, avid photographer, and was a TV producer and production coordinator for 10+ years.  Nancy created a Responsible Dog Ownership program and taught over 2,500 pet parents in a 5-year period. Recently awarded the 2018 Women of Influence by Pet Age Magazine and her American Pet Professionals was voted Best Networking organization three years in a row by LI Press newspaper.  Nancy resides on Long Island, NY and is the proud pet parent of Cody, a rescued American Pit Bull Terrier. 

Connect socially: @AmericanPetPros on Twitter and Instagram

 

Kelly Ison

Founder and CEO
Einstein Pets

Kelly Ison is the founder and CEO of Einstein Pets, the socially responsible and award-winning dog treat company. Kelly is an educator, a nutritionist, and passionate pet lover. A results-driven, energetic, and hands on leader with proven success in improving profitability through business optimization; she has a proven track record of aligning her organization with a strategic vision to realize productivity growth.

Kelly Ison

Founder and CEO
Einstein Pets

Kelly Ison

Founder and CEO
Einstein Pets

Kelly Ison is the founder and CEO of Einstein Pets, the socially responsible and award-winning dog treat company. Kelly is an educator, a nutritionist, and passionate pet lover. A results-driven, energetic, and hands on leader with proven success in improving profitability through business optimization; she has a proven track record of aligning her organization with a strategic vision to realize productivity growth.

Einstein Pets has become one of the fastest growing brands today. It is a testimony of her commitment for health, and her desire to give back to the community and planet. Her research and knowledge in nutrition, inspired her to launch a responsible company dedicated to making positive differences wherever possible.

 

Claire Smith

Associate
Anterra Capital

Claire is an Associate at Anterra Capital. Prior to joining Anterra, she was the Chief of Staff at Crestovo, a biotech start-up developing microbiome-based therapies for infectious diseases. Before that, she worked as a consultant at ClearView Healthcare Partners, where she advised pharmaceutical and biotech clients on a variety of growth strategy topics. She graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with Bachelor of Science degrees in biological engineering and management science.

Claire Smith

Associate
Anterra Capital

Claire Smith

Associate
Anterra Capital

Claire is an Associate at Anterra Capital. Prior to joining Anterra, she was the Chief of Staff at Crestovo, a biotech start-up developing microbiome-based therapies for infectious diseases. Before that, she worked as a consultant at ClearView Healthcare Partners, where she advised pharmaceutical and biotech clients on a variety of growth strategy topics. She graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with Bachelor of Science degrees in biological engineering and management science.

 

Adhithi Aji

Founder and CEO
Adrich

Adhithi Aji has a background in product management and has been part of R&D teams in automotive and telecom industries where she was instrumental in commercializing cutting-edge research technologies. She took her passion for technology and most recently founded Adrich, an IOT consumer insights company that helps brands and retailers better understand consumer needs with product usage data. She holds a Masters in Innovation Management from Carnegie Mellon and an MBA specializing in supply chain management.  

Adhithi Aji

Founder and CEO
Adrich

Adhithi Aji

Founder and CEO
Adrich

Adhithi Aji has a background in product management and has been part of R&D teams in automotive and telecom industries where she was instrumental in commercializing cutting-edge research technologies. She took her passion for technology and most recently founded Adrich, an IOT consumer insights company that helps brands and retailers better understand consumer needs with product usage data. She holds a Masters in Innovation Management from Carnegie Mellon and an MBA specializing in supply chain management.  

 

Margi Tooth

Chief Revenue Officer
Trupanion

Margi Tooth

Chief Revenue Officer
Trupanion

Margi Tooth

Chief Revenue Officer
Trupanion
 

Joe Belechak

Vice President of Sales and Operations
Adrich

Joe Belechak is the Vice President of Sales and Operations at Adrich, Inc. Joe serves as the primary conduit between Adrich and its customers, assisting in the design, execution, and scaling of consumer-facing implementations. Prior to joining Adrich, Joe spent time in FMCG sales and received a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and Decision Science from Carnegie Mellon University.   

Joe Belechak

Vice President of Sales and Operations
Adrich

Joe Belechak

Vice President of Sales and Operations
Adrich

Joe Belechak is the Vice President of Sales and Operations at Adrich, Inc. Joe serves as the primary conduit between Adrich and its customers, assisting in the design, execution, and scaling of consumer-facing implementations. Prior to joining Adrich, Joe spent time in FMCG sales and received a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and Decision Science from Carnegie Mellon University.   

 

Alejandro Vicente

Founder
Vicente & Partners

Vicente & Partners is a differentiated advisory boutique, based in NYC and London, exclusively focused on the Consumer Goods & Services sector.
V&P offers deep sector expertise gained at both Investment banks & Consumer Goods companies.
This unique blend of experience allows us to provide a differentiated service & perspective to our clients.

V&P advises clients on M&A, Capital Raise and Partnership/Licensing situations in a highly dedicated & discreet manner.

Alejandro Vicente

Founder
Vicente & Partners

Alejandro Vicente

Founder
Vicente & Partners

Vicente & Partners is a differentiated advisory boutique, based in NYC and London, exclusively focused on the Consumer Goods & Services sector.
V&P offers deep sector expertise gained at both Investment banks & Consumer Goods companies.
This unique blend of experience allows us to provide a differentiated service & perspective to our clients.

V&P advises clients on M&A, Capital Raise and Partnership/Licensing situations in a highly dedicated & discreet manner.

We facilitate senior connections across our network & create tailor-made solutions, with the mission to fuel our clients’ ambitions of growth & value creation.

V&P believes in giving back & helping others and does so by pledging a portion of its revenues from every transaction to charitable organizations in line with V&P's mission and values.

Alejandro Vicente has more than 25 years’ experience in the Consumer Goods & Services sector of which 17 years spent at JPMorgan where he was the Global Head of the Consumer Goods Investment Bank.

His first pet related transaction was almost 20 years ago when he advised Mars/Masterfoods in the acquisition of Royal Canin from PAI for Euro 1.5bn in 2001.

Since then, he has been involved in more than 40 transactions advising publicly quoted companies, private companies as well as private equity across various consumer goods sub-sectors.

The Agenda

We're excited to share that the Pets & Money Summit has evolved into the Petcare Innovation Summit this year. Please download the agenda to have a look at the full programme for this year.

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