Petcare Innovation Summit USA 2022

Petcare Innovation Summit

Showcasing pet and vet technology and wellness innovation to improve holistic pet health

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Boston, USA
6-7 December, 2022

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

Guillaume Cretenot, Mars

Why attend

The Petcare Innovation Summit USA is back for it’s 5th year!

Following last year's success, the Petcare Innovation Summit is back and better than ever.

The tremendous growth in pets is showing no signs of slowing down - Morgan and Stanley forecast that pet industry spending will nearly triple to $275billion by 2030!

Join us for 2 days of networking with industry leaders and pre-scheduled 1-2-1 meetings as well as content covering the hottest trends and topics across pet care including:

  • Pet Insurance
  • Pet Wellness
  • End of Life Care
  • Microbiome
  • Telehealth
  • The Next Generation of Pet Tech

Our brand-new split content tracks, Vet Tech, Pet Tech, and Pet Wellness allow you to completely personalize your experience at the event.

Our Best in Show Spotlight will also be back and bigger than ever, connecting key financial investors with the most innovative start-ups in the USA petcare market, driving collaboration, innovation, and partnership within petcare.

See you in Boston 6-7 December!

250+
Attendees
16
Best In Show Brands
500+
One-to-One Meetings
1
Must Attend Industry Event

Who will be there

30%
Multinationals & Retailers
20%
Investors & Financial Buyers
10%
Industry Supporting Companies

Emerging & Mid-sized Brands

Expect exciting and innovative brands from accross all pet categories:

  • Food
  • Treats
  • Supplements
  • Veterinary
  • Accessories
  • Hard Products
  • Insurance
  • Retail
  • Services
  • Technology
  • Everything else!

Multinationals & Retailers

Investors & Financial Buyers

Industry Supporting Companies

BEST IN SHOW SPOTLIGHT

CEO & FOUNDERS FORUM

Drive your business and the industry forward at the CEO and Founders forum by fostering key relationships and partnerships through exclusive networking opportunities and insightful discussion.

Apply now if you are a CEO/Founder to make sure you are one of the 30 chosen to attend.

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2022 Selection Committee

Author:

Andrew Katz

Managing Partner
Lab Lake Capital

Andrew Katz

Managing Partner
Lab Lake Capital

Author:

Brian Axe

Managing Director
NovaQuest Capital Management

Brian Axe

Managing Director
NovaQuest Capital Management

Author:

Bruce Truman

President & Founder
BLT Technology & Innovation Group

Bruce Truman

President & Founder
BLT Technology & Innovation Group

Author:

Drew Taylor

Partner
Digitalis Ventures

Drew is a Partner at Digitalis.

Previously, Drew was the Head of New Ventures at Taylor Farms, the world’s largest processor of fresh-cut fruits and vegetables. During this time he led the creation and investment activity of Taylor Ventures, which invests in early-stage food and ag technology companies.

Drew represents Taylor Ventures on the Board of Directors at HarvestPort and served in a variety of operational roles with Taylor Farms. He also served on the board of the “Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools” campaign in partnership with Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” initiative. Drew received his BA from Stanford University and MBA from Harvard Business School.

Drew Taylor

Partner
Digitalis Ventures

Drew is a Partner at Digitalis.

Previously, Drew was the Head of New Ventures at Taylor Farms, the world’s largest processor of fresh-cut fruits and vegetables. During this time he led the creation and investment activity of Taylor Ventures, which invests in early-stage food and ag technology companies.

Drew represents Taylor Ventures on the Board of Directors at HarvestPort and served in a variety of operational roles with Taylor Farms. He also served on the board of the “Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools” campaign in partnership with Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” initiative. Drew received his BA from Stanford University and MBA from Harvard Business School.

Author:

Wayne Wu

General Partner
VMG Partners

Wayne Wu

General Partner
VMG Partners

2022 SPEAKERS

 

Laura Olsen

Senior Vice President, Petcare
Zoetis

Laura Olsen

Senior Vice President, Petcare
Zoetis

Laura Olsen

Senior Vice President, Petcare
Zoetis
 

Heidi Sirota

President and Chief Pet Officer
Nationwide

Heidi Sirota serves as Nationwide’s Chief Pet Officer, leading the nation’s first and largest provider of pet insurance protecting more than 1 million pets. She joined Nationwide in 2018 as vice president of marketing for the Retirement Solutions business and led an expansion of its capabilities and markets.

Heidi Sirota

President and Chief Pet Officer
Nationwide

Heidi Sirota

President and Chief Pet Officer
Nationwide

Heidi Sirota serves as Nationwide’s Chief Pet Officer, leading the nation’s first and largest provider of pet insurance protecting more than 1 million pets. She joined Nationwide in 2018 as vice president of marketing for the Retirement Solutions business and led an expansion of its capabilities and markets.

Before joining Nationwide, Heidi transformed consumer experiences in human health care. As UnitedHealth Group’s Optum Bank vice president of marketing, she pioneered the retailization of health savings accounts, and as a marketing executive at Aetna and ConnectiCare she introduced new, engaging ways for consumers to shop for health insurance and get care.

Heidi started her career in commercial bank operations, then moved into investment and insurance marketing leadership at The Phoenix Companies. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Loyola Marymount University and completed executive education from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Heidi sits on the Board of Trustees of the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) and the Board of Directors of Second Harvest Food Bank in Orange County, California. Also she is an Advisory Board member for the University of California Santa Barbara-Extension, Customer Experience Certificate Program and the executive sponsor of Nationwide’s Pet Advocacy and Wellness Support (PAWS) Associate Resource Group.

 

 

Dennis Chmiel

Co-Founder & Chief Veterinary Officer
My Simple Pet Labs

Dennis Chmiel

Co-Founder & Chief Veterinary Officer
My Simple Pet Labs

Dennis Chmiel

Co-Founder & Chief Veterinary Officer
My Simple Pet Labs
 

Jonathan Wainberg

General Manager, Senior Vice President, Pet
CareCredit

Jonathan Wainberg

General Manager, Senior Vice President, Pet
CareCredit

Jonathan Wainberg

General Manager, Senior Vice President, Pet
CareCredit
 

Shaina Denny

CEO and Co-Founder
Dogdrop

Shaina is the Founder and CEO of Dogdrop— an LA based start-up building the next generation of dog care.  Shaina went to business school in Shanghai and ended up staying in China for over three years to work at early stage tech start-ups before returning to the US to get involved in the growing LA tech scene. She has her Masters of International Business and is a co-instructor and guest lecturer at Whittier College.

Shaina Denny

CEO and Co-Founder
Dogdrop

Shaina Denny

CEO and Co-Founder
Dogdrop

Shaina is the Founder and CEO of Dogdrop— an LA based start-up building the next generation of dog care.  Shaina went to business school in Shanghai and ended up staying in China for over three years to work at early stage tech start-ups before returning to the US to get involved in the growing LA tech scene. She has her Masters of International Business and is a co-instructor and guest lecturer at Whittier College. She's passionate about international business, lifelong learning, and her mini dachshund, Poppy!

 

Ryan Boyko

Co-Founder and CEO
Embark

Ryan Boyko co-founded Embark in 2015 to combine dog genetic consumer insights with cutting-edge research so our canine companions can live healthier, longer lives. He is Embark's CEO. Embark built the most accurate dog DNA test on the market to give pet owners and breeders actionable insights into their dogs' genetic health and ancestry. Its research-grade test will help scientists discover causes and cures for major canine diseases.

Ryan Boyko

Co-Founder and CEO
Embark

Ryan Boyko

Co-Founder and CEO
Embark

Ryan Boyko co-founded Embark in 2015 to combine dog genetic consumer insights with cutting-edge research so our canine companions can live healthier, longer lives. He is Embark's CEO. Embark built the most accurate dog DNA test on the market to give pet owners and breeders actionable insights into their dogs' genetic health and ancestry. Its research-grade test will help scientists discover causes and cures for major canine diseases. Prior to founding Embark, Ryan developed a love for fieldwork and community science while earning a computer science BA from Harvard, a public health MS from Yale, and an ecology MS from UC Davis.

 

Jenny Wolski

SVP, Omnichannel Experience
Petco

Jenny Wolski

SVP, Omnichannel Experience
Petco

Jenny Wolski

SVP, Omnichannel Experience
Petco
 

Renaldo Webb

Founder
PetPlate

Renaldo Webb is Founder and Chief Product Officer at PetPlate. Inspired by his dog Winston, Renaldo founded PetPlate after deciding that he did not want to feed his dog anything less than real food. After making hundreds of batches of home-cooked dog food for Winston and his pup pals, Renaldo decided to launch a pet food brand that he could proudly call his own. 

Renaldo Webb

Founder
PetPlate

Renaldo Webb

Founder
PetPlate

Renaldo Webb is Founder and Chief Product Officer at PetPlate. Inspired by his dog Winston, Renaldo founded PetPlate after deciding that he did not want to feed his dog anything less than real food. After making hundreds of batches of home-cooked dog food for Winston and his pup pals, Renaldo decided to launch a pet food brand that he could proudly call his own. 

Renaldo graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a degree in Physics, and prior to starting PetPlate worked at LCatterton and McKinsey & Company. He launched PetPlate as a nationwide subscription service in early 2017, following an appearance on the hit TV show Shark Tank.

 

Jessica May

Chief Vet
First Vet

Jessica May

Chief Vet
First Vet

Jessica May

Chief Vet
First Vet
 

Jonathan Krausche

Chief Development Officer
Petworks

Jonathan Krausche

Chief Development Officer
Petworks

Jonathan Krausche

Chief Development Officer
Petworks
 

Amanda Howland

Co-Founder & CCO
ElleVet Sciences

Amanda Howland

Co-Founder & CCO
ElleVet Sciences

Amanda Howland

Co-Founder & CCO
ElleVet Sciences
 

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

 

Andy Katz

Managing Partner
Lab Lake Capital

Andy Katz

Managing Partner
Lab Lake Capital

Andy Katz

Managing Partner
Lab Lake Capital
 

Bruce Truman

President & Founder
BLT Technology & Innovation Group

Bruce Truman

President & Founder
BLT Technology & Innovation Group

Bruce Truman

President & Founder
BLT Technology & Innovation Group
 

Rebekah Kang

CEO
The Momo Project

Rebekah Kang

CEO
The Momo Project

Rebekah Kang

CEO
The Momo Project
 

Drew Taylor

Partner
Digitalis Ventures

Drew is a Partner at Digitalis.

Previously, Drew was the Head of New Ventures at Taylor Farms, the world’s largest processor of fresh-cut fruits and vegetables. During this time he led the creation and investment activity of Taylor Ventures, which invests in early-stage food and ag technology companies.

Drew Taylor

Partner
Digitalis Ventures

Drew Taylor

Partner
Digitalis Ventures

Drew is a Partner at Digitalis.

Previously, Drew was the Head of New Ventures at Taylor Farms, the world’s largest processor of fresh-cut fruits and vegetables. During this time he led the creation and investment activity of Taylor Ventures, which invests in early-stage food and ag technology companies.

Drew represents Taylor Ventures on the Board of Directors at HarvestPort and served in a variety of operational roles with Taylor Farms. He also served on the board of the “Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools” campaign in partnership with Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” initiative. Drew received his BA from Stanford University and MBA from Harvard Business School.

 

Da Chang

Chief Operating Officer
Blue Pearl

In his role, Da focuses on the operations function across our hospitals and supporting BluePearl’s organizational goals.

Da’s prior experience in the medical field includes his roles as VP of Operations and Chief Operating Officer of Advanced Dermatology as well as his positions at Sea Lane Biotechnologies, Maine Center for Lipids and Cardiovascular Health and Health Dialog.

Da Chang

Chief Operating Officer
Blue Pearl

Da Chang

Chief Operating Officer
Blue Pearl

In his role, Da focuses on the operations function across our hospitals and supporting BluePearl’s organizational goals.

Da’s prior experience in the medical field includes his roles as VP of Operations and Chief Operating Officer of Advanced Dermatology as well as his positions at Sea Lane Biotechnologies, Maine Center for Lipids and Cardiovascular Health and Health Dialog.

Da earned his undergraduate degree at Harvard University, followed by a Master of Business Administration at the University of Florida. He is a dynamic leader who earns trust and builds relationships via transparency, communication and teamwork along with his data-driven approach to operational leadership.

 

 

Miles Thorson

CEO
Odie Pet Insurance

Miles Thorson

CEO
Odie Pet Insurance

Miles Thorson

CEO
Odie Pet Insurance
 

Adrien Archie

Founder
PetNMind

Originally from Concord NC and grew up with the goal of becoming a Veterinarian. I Attended University and graduated with a B.A. in Psychology after switching my major from a Pre-Vet Focus. 

From 2003 until 2005 I played Professional Football in the CFL for the Montreal Allouettes and briefly for the Atlanta Falcons. Upon hanging up my cleats began a decades long career with Stryker Corp in Sales and Product Management for Neurosurgerical Highspeed Instruments.

Adrien Archie

Founder
PetNMind

Adrien Archie

Founder
PetNMind

Originally from Concord NC and grew up with the goal of becoming a Veterinarian. I Attended University and graduated with a B.A. in Psychology after switching my major from a Pre-Vet Focus. 

From 2003 until 2005 I played Professional Football in the CFL for the Montreal Allouettes and briefly for the Atlanta Falcons. Upon hanging up my cleats began a decades long career with Stryker Corp in Sales and Product Management for Neurosurgerical Highspeed Instruments.

After a successful career in Corporate America I wanted to get back to my passion for animals. I founded petNmind in 2014 with the mission to improve pet health through quality nutrition and pet parent knowledge packaged in a personalized approach to customer engagement. After 6 years of success delivering our mission I franchised the business and we signed our first franchisee recently. Our Franchise concept is based on a small box design that offers the best products, a personalized approach that pet parents love, and a simple business model that is inexpensive, easy to pivot, scalable, and in high demand. We want to create a more diverse community of business owners in the always fruitful Pet Industry. 

 

 

Marc Atiyeh

CEO
PAWP

Marc Atiyeh

CEO
PAWP

Marc Atiyeh

CEO
PAWP
 

Ryan Honaker PhD

Director of Microbiology
NomNomNow

Ryan Honaker PhD

Director of Microbiology
NomNomNow

Ryan Honaker PhD

Director of Microbiology
NomNomNow
 

Alison Rutty

Senior Director, Corporate Strategy and Development
Rover.com

Alison Rutty

Senior Director, Corporate Strategy and Development
Rover.com

Alison Rutty

Senior Director, Corporate Strategy and Development
Rover.com
 

Wayne Wu

General Partner
VMG Partners

Wayne Wu

General Partner
VMG Partners

Wayne Wu

General Partner
VMG Partners
 

Jose A Bermundez

Jose A Bermundez

Jose A Bermundez

 

Nick Stafford

CEO
Ollie

Nick Stafford

CEO
Ollie

Nick Stafford

CEO
Ollie

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