After having a look at the long list of pet startups on AngelList website and seeing the number of investors in this market niche, you can imagine how big and prosperous this field is today. Those who have no pets at home may misunderstand such a fuss about the cute creatures, but customers with animal friends are ready to treat them like real people and spend fortunes on all the pet innovations released. Actually, the pet market is said to be far from saturated yet and thus opens a lot of business opportunities for young entrepreneurs. To give you a slight idea of the up-to-date pet startup projects, we have prepared a short review of the most interesting startups in the pet industry.
We give the first place here to PetNet Smart Feeder, which a complicated feeding analytics platform is allowing to feed your pet remotely through the mobile app connected to the feeder. You can set a personal schedule and get some expert advice on ingredients and food portions for your pet. Such devices obviously make our life easier.
For the laziest dog owners, Urban Leash service offers to walk your dog at any specified time and even provides pictures and location reports.
Another group of online pet services includes various deliveries of animal food, toys and other products helping owners take care of their beloved friends. If you still do online shopping for yourself and go outside just to buy pets’ food, you have really fallen behind the latest trend of ordering pet goods online, for example with Fings for Fido or Pawbag startup services.
With the high-level GPS technology, people may not worry neither about losing their children nor pets. Such startup products as Tractive (Austria) and Findster (Portugal) offer GPS trackers providing special hardware and software to monitor the location, and in a case with pets even observe their activity level.
And what about the whole separate cosmetics industry for pets branded as Furry Kind? Or maybe we could surprise you buy special beds designed individually for your pet? Or other pet care services like spa, aromatherapy, and sprayed color costumes?
You must have noticed that social networks have enthralled our society in the 21st century. But have you ever heard of social networks for pets, so-called petworks? As far as we know, there are several of them in Europe, and for sure the same startup projects exist on all other continents. Thus, Yummypets is a website where people can create their pets’ accounts and connect them with other petwork members.
Also, there are numerous online communities of pet lovers: BorrowMyDoggy, Holidog, Pet2Mate. The first two sources help pet owners find a verified user who would agree to look after their animal treasure during the vacation. Pet2Mate is actually a very helpful site uniting all the people and non-profit organizations caring for pets and raising the issue of pet adaptation.
Just for information, the average valuation of pet startups has reached $3.7 million on AngelList, in comparison with IT startups valued at $4.2 million, which is actually a pretty slight difference. For those who are crazy in love with their pets and have lots of ideas how to make them happy and make other pet owners’ lives easier, we suggest applying all your inspiration to the new startups in the pet industry.
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