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Start-up Opportunities

Petcare Innovation Europe 2024
4-5 June, 2024
Hotel Berlin, Berlin

Are you from a start-up?

Position yourself for growth and success in the petcare market by joining us in Berlin. Leverage exclusive opportunities tailored for startups, allowing you to establish vital connections with key decision-makers in the petcare industry. These connections will be instrumental in propelling your business forward and ensuring sustained success. Don't miss out on the chance to shape the future of your petcare venture—secure your place in Berlin today.

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What's On?

Investor X Startup Exclusive Day

Get exclusive networking opportunities start-up by registering for our pre-day on 3rd June.

Join over 40 investment firms across angel, venture capital and private equity who will outline what they’re looking for, their remit to invest, and are committed to a day of meetings with relevant companies. Determine the right investor fit for your company by hearing from our wide scope of leading investment firms, from angel to private equity, to venture and more to facilitate useful matchmaking and efficient meetings throughout the afternoon and following 2 days.

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Geographic Expansion Roundtables

Secure your spot in our interactive roundtable discussions, guided by seasoned industry leaders. Uncover the critical factors for successful expansion across Europe, ensuring a smooth pathway for your business to flourish. Explore insights tailored to products, nutrition, services, and health, empowering your business with strategic knowledge and positioning you for seamless growth in the European market.

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Best in Show Spotlight

Raise your brand awareness and get your brand in front of leading petcare investors by applying to our Best in Show Spotlight and getting your application assessed by our esteemed selection committee. Find your next partner or investor by pitching on the mainstage to our audience of 300+ senior executives in the petcare industry and our prestigious judging panel.

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Giftbags

Accelerate your next investment by showcasing your products and branding directly to high-profile investors, accelerators, and C-suite executives. Secure a prominent spot in our Petcare Innovation gift bags, ensuring your samples reach decision-makers who can fast-track your brand's recognition and funding opportunities. Gain a competitive edge and elevate your market presence through strategic exposure to key stakeholders.

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Business Development Track

Gain the insights needed from investors and established companies to ensure your companies longevity in the petcare market at our business development track. Secure the crucial insights for your petcare business's sustained success in the competitive market. Tailored for startups and growth-stage companies, our business development track connects you with investors and established firms, providing essential knowledge on business models, potential partnerships, retail entry strategies, achieving profitability, and more. These more exclusive and leading insights will enable your business to grow and expand even without immediate investment.

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Investors Involved

Author:

Leonor Ladeira

Vice President
L Catterton

Leonor Ladeira

Vice President
L Catterton

Author:

Victoria Perweiler

Partner
Digitalis Ventures

Victoria Perweiler

Partner
Digitalis Ventures

Author:

Eli Hasson

Investor
Phil Ventures

Eli Hasson is founding partner of PHIL Ventures (Pet Health Innovation Labs) – the early-stage investments arm of Australia’s PETstock group.

Based in Tel Aviv, Eli has over 25 years’ experience in the Israeli tech sector – with deep knowledge in business strategy and multi-national operations. He was involved in multiple disruptive digital health ventures and led several technology mega-projects. Eli co-founded Quantum Discoveries – an industry-disrupting mineral exploration company that develops and deploys innovative technologies, operating in Chile and US.

Besides his passion for tech & innovation, Eli is an avid jazz musician and improviser.

 

Eli Hasson

Investor
Phil Ventures

Eli Hasson is founding partner of PHIL Ventures (Pet Health Innovation Labs) – the early-stage investments arm of Australia’s PETstock group.

Based in Tel Aviv, Eli has over 25 years’ experience in the Israeli tech sector – with deep knowledge in business strategy and multi-national operations. He was involved in multiple disruptive digital health ventures and led several technology mega-projects. Eli co-founded Quantum Discoveries – an industry-disrupting mineral exploration company that develops and deploys innovative technologies, operating in Chile and US.

Besides his passion for tech & innovation, Eli is an avid jazz musician and improviser.

 

Author:

Ivan Farneti

Managing Director
Five Season Ventures

Ivan has been an active venture capital investor for the last 20 years and he is the co-founder of Five Seasons Ventures, the first European venture fund fully focused on Foodtech.

He is passionate about product and technology innovation aimed at solving big challenges in the food industry: from alternative sources of proteins, to functional foods, from new models of food distribution to the reduction of food waste.  At Five Seasons he invested in Tropic Biosciences (plants gene editing), Butternut Box (DNVB pet nutrition), THIS.co (plant-based meat alternatives), Cortilia (D2C fresh food retailer), YFood Labs (balanced meal replacements), Just Spices (D2C spices), Yamo (D2C fresh baby food) and La Fourche (D2C organic groceries).

His experience from previous venture funds in London, includes structuring investments, organizational and strategy development, setting up governance for growth and planning for successful exits. He was an early stage investor in Everbridge, Inc. (Nasdaq: EVBG), Tridion (acq. by SDL Plc), Gomez (acq. by Compuware), among others.

In his spare time he enjoys family life, cooking, fly fishing, and practicing jiu-jitsu with his son Adam.

 

 

Ivan Farneti

Managing Director
Five Season Ventures

Ivan has been an active venture capital investor for the last 20 years and he is the co-founder of Five Seasons Ventures, the first European venture fund fully focused on Foodtech.

He is passionate about product and technology innovation aimed at solving big challenges in the food industry: from alternative sources of proteins, to functional foods, from new models of food distribution to the reduction of food waste.  At Five Seasons he invested in Tropic Biosciences (plants gene editing), Butternut Box (DNVB pet nutrition), THIS.co (plant-based meat alternatives), Cortilia (D2C fresh food retailer), YFood Labs (balanced meal replacements), Just Spices (D2C spices), Yamo (D2C fresh baby food) and La Fourche (D2C organic groceries).

His experience from previous venture funds in London, includes structuring investments, organizational and strategy development, setting up governance for growth and planning for successful exits. He was an early stage investor in Everbridge, Inc. (Nasdaq: EVBG), Tridion (acq. by SDL Plc), Gomez (acq. by Compuware), among others.

In his spare time he enjoys family life, cooking, fly fishing, and practicing jiu-jitsu with his son Adam.

 

 

Author:

Cecile Chevallier

Principal
Verlinvest

Cecile Chevallier

Principal
Verlinvest

Author:

Kirsty Macdonald

Principal
Jam Jar Investors

Kirsty Macdonald

Principal
Jam Jar Investors

Author:

Julian Von Eckhertsberg

Managing Director
Burda Principal Investments

Julian Von Eckhertsberg

Managing Director
Burda Principal Investments

Author:

Sascha Guenther

Partner
Vorwerk Ventures

Sascha Guenther

Partner
Vorwerk Ventures

Author:

Clement Helinckx

Partner
DLF Ventures

Clement Helinckx

Partner
DLF Ventures

Author:

Alexander Scharzenberger

Investment Director
Movendo Capital

Alex is an Investment Director of Movendo Capital, a family backed long-term investor headquartered in Amsterdam that provides minority growth equity capital to consumer and retail businesses that are headquartered in Western Europe and the US. Alex leads Movendo Capital’s Amsterdam team and recently led their Series B investment in Petfolk, a high-growth, next-generation veterinarian company.

 

Prior to joining Movendo Capital, Alex spent over six years at Virgin, Sir Richard Branson’s family office, where he managed a portfolio of Virgin branded consumer growth equity investments. Alex started his career at Citigroup in their London EMEA consumer and retail team and holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Warwick.

 

Alex is the proud owner of Hapa, a miniature Goldendoodle.

Alexander Scharzenberger

Investment Director
Movendo Capital

Alex is an Investment Director of Movendo Capital, a family backed long-term investor headquartered in Amsterdam that provides minority growth equity capital to consumer and retail businesses that are headquartered in Western Europe and the US. Alex leads Movendo Capital’s Amsterdam team and recently led their Series B investment in Petfolk, a high-growth, next-generation veterinarian company.

 

Prior to joining Movendo Capital, Alex spent over six years at Virgin, Sir Richard Branson’s family office, where he managed a portfolio of Virgin branded consumer growth equity investments. Alex started his career at Citigroup in their London EMEA consumer and retail team and holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Warwick.

 

Alex is the proud owner of Hapa, a miniature Goldendoodle.

Author:

James Henderson

Managing Director
EPIC Investment Partners

James Henderson

Managing Director
EPIC Investment Partners

Author:

Leon Hughes

Partner
Piper

Leon Hughes

Partner
Piper

Author:

Roope Vahahyyppa

Investment Manager
Slingshot Ventures

Investment Manager at Slingshot Ventures since 2022. Background in Investment Banking at Lazard and Corporate Development at Heineken.

Slingshot is an Early-Stage Consumer VC based in Amsterdam. We invest tickets of EUR 0.5-2m in promising consumer propositions across Europe, both as a lead and as a co-investor.

Within the Consumer space we’re flexible, but do actively look at the pet care space with a recent investment in Hey Holy.

Roope Vahahyyppa

Investment Manager
Slingshot Ventures

Investment Manager at Slingshot Ventures since 2022. Background in Investment Banking at Lazard and Corporate Development at Heineken.

Slingshot is an Early-Stage Consumer VC based in Amsterdam. We invest tickets of EUR 0.5-2m in promising consumer propositions across Europe, both as a lead and as a co-investor.

Within the Consumer space we’re flexible, but do actively look at the pet care space with a recent investment in Hey Holy.

Author:

Anouk Veber

Head of Ventures
Sparkfood (Sonae)

Full of energy and ideas, with a strong interest in the fight against climate change and therefore in the agri-food sector.
With an international background in 6+ countries, Anouk is a top tier business school graduate with degrees from Bocconi, ESCP Europe, and a non-executive program at IE. After a first experience at Pernod Ricard, she worked for 3+ years at Capagro, a VC fund dedicated to Ag-tech and Food-tech in Paris with a great exposure to portfolio companies, LPs and co-investors. Beginning of 2023, she moved to Portugal to structure the venture’s strategy of Sparkfood and kicked off the construction of Sparkfood early stage’s portfolio with 4 investments up to date.

Anouk Veber

Head of Ventures
Sparkfood (Sonae)

Full of energy and ideas, with a strong interest in the fight against climate change and therefore in the agri-food sector.
With an international background in 6+ countries, Anouk is a top tier business school graduate with degrees from Bocconi, ESCP Europe, and a non-executive program at IE. After a first experience at Pernod Ricard, she worked for 3+ years at Capagro, a VC fund dedicated to Ag-tech and Food-tech in Paris with a great exposure to portfolio companies, LPs and co-investors. Beginning of 2023, she moved to Portugal to structure the venture’s strategy of Sparkfood and kicked off the construction of Sparkfood early stage’s portfolio with 4 investments up to date.

Author:

Aweng Majidpour

Growth Equity Investor
Movendo Capital

Aweng Majidpour

Growth Equity Investor
Movendo Capital

Author:

Saskia Hoebee

Senior Associate
Five Season Ventures

Saskia Hoebee

Senior Associate
Five Season Ventures

Who You Will Meet At Petcare Innovation Europe

Connecting C-Suite leaders from across the petcare ecosystem to drive innovation, partnerships and investment to improve pet wellness and pet owner experience.

  • Start-ups

    We’re committed to increasing the exposure of emerging companies at the forefront of the petcare industry across all stages of growth with strategic partners and investors who can ensure their growth and success in this market and drive innovation within the pet industry.

    40%

    Past Attendees Include

  • Investors

    We unite prominent investors across petcare, spanning from angel investors to private equity, actively seeking investment opportunities. Our platform facilitates connections between these investors and innovative companies at the forefront of the petcare market, fostering strategic alignments to enhance their portfolios. Join us in creating impactful investments that shape the future of petcare.

    20%

    Past Attendees Include

  • Multinationals & Retailers

    Our platform connects top-tier multinationals and retailers with forward-thinking companies actively seeking partners. Together, we cultivate strategic alliances to craft meaningful touchpoints at every stage of the pet lifecycle. Join us in shaping the future of the pet industry through collaborative innovation.

    20%

    Past Attendees Include

  • Veterinary Clinics

    Elevate veterinary care with the industry's foremost leaders in health as we spearhead innovation. Our mission is to enhance veterinary practices by connecting them with emerging startups and innovative companies who can optimise efficiency, prioritise preventive health measures. Join us in shaping the future of veterinary care by connecting with the trailblazers who can propel your practice to new heights.

    10%

    Past Attendees Include

  • Insurance

    We bring together top insurers, ranging from startups to industry giants, providing them a platform to forge connections with complementary companies. This collaborative space is designed for partnerships that enhance product offerings and drive market penetration, ensuring a synergy that propels innovation and growth. Join us in fostering strategic alliances that redefine the landscape of the insurance industry.

    10%

    Past Attendees Include

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