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Why Unleashed ?

Unleashed is the landmark petcare specific accelerator programme designed to identify and support innovative startups leveraging technology to improve the lives of pets and their parents. New! We are accepting applications from Brazil and Mexico.

Launched by the Purina Accelerator Lab, the Unleashed accelerator programme is designed to be at the cutting edge of the next generation in pet services, novel nutrition and health technologies to strengthen the bond and the lives of our pets and their owners.

Leading expert advice

• Access leading industry expertise
• Meet our senior management
• Leverage our pet care network
• Get training & learning opportunities

Grow your business

• Get a dedicated Purina team to guide you in your startup development.
• Set key performance goals to prove your concept in 20 weeks.

Funding opportunities

• Get funding up to CHF 50'000.- to achieve mutual performance goals in a value exchange project over the 20 weeks.
• If your concept is successful in
solving our customers needs, Purina may provide you with further investment and/or funded collaborations.

Next dates

Applications

Open: 1st Sep 2023
Close: 15th Oct 2023

Judging

November to January
(3 rounds)

Onboarding

26th Feb - 1st Mar 2024
(in person)

Programme

March to July 2024

Graduation Day

June 2024

What are we looking for ?

We are looking for a wide scope of disruptive startups who want to develop their groundbreaking ideas with us.

• We are looking for either B2C or B2B approaches.

• You will be evaluated on the relevance to how well your business idea could answer customers problems.

• It is crucial that your business model is sustainable and scalable. This can include personalised nutrition or novel and differentiated ingredients and types of food.

Solutions to pet care using
AI, data & analytics

Pet health & wellness, including diagnostics

Sustainable solutions, including packaging

Pet services such as adopting, training, walking, travelling, etc.

We're looking for innovative, tech-savvy people, hungry to learn and eager to grow their businesses with us.

Are you eligible ?

At the moment, Unleashed accepts applications from Europe, including Turkey and Israel, Middle-East, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil and Mexico. If you are a sustainability focused startup, we collaborate worldwide. We're looking for teams driven by the same passion as us. When selecting startups to collaborate with, we're looking at the following :

1

Great founder and team cohesion and commitment

2

A relevant business plan and vision

3

A minimum viable product (MVP)

4

The potential to scale your solution

5

Ideally, you already have some customers too

What Unleashed Alumni have to say

#ProudOfUnleashed

Amer Aqqad

Bookmypet
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Being selected for this unique global program, tailored to our target industry, among a large pool of applicants, was an immense privilege and validation of the years of hard work we've dedicated.

Throughout the 6-month acceleration program, we've harnessed an array of resources,including tools and data insights. Partnering with the exceptional Purina associates, we've pursued a common objective with a growth-oriented mindset.This allowed us to revisit our core principles, professionally test our digital assets, conduct user interviews, and, most importantly, address our riskiest assumptions to unlock substantial growth.

We continue to collaborate with the Nestlé MENA team on joint initiatives, leveraging our collective resources and networks to create a meaningful impact, drive savings,and foster growth as a united front. An exciting joint dog event is on the horizon for November, with a multitude of captivating initiatives yet to be unveiled.

Our sincere gratitude o the Unleashed team for making this journey possible. To all future participants entering this esteemed group of startups, we wish you the best of luck!

Kristofer D. Penseyres

DOGAMÍ
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Participating in the Unleashed Program of 2023 proved to be an extraordinary journey for DOGAMÍ, enabling us to seamlessly connect web2 andweb3 audiences, fostering remarkable engagement within both the DOGAMÍ and Purina communities. The program's insights into growth hacking techniques were invaluable, propelling us forward with newfound wisdom. Moreover, it unveiled a promising path for us to incorporate product placement within DOGAMÍ's media experiences – an avenue that amalgamates education, amusement, and captivation for our audience. We eagerly anticipate the continued expansion of our collaboration with Purina, as we join forces to transcend conventional boundaries, pioneering innovative ways to engage with the gaming realm and its vibrant communities.

Fadzy Azzouny

Vetwork
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Working with industry professionals from Nestlé Purina through Unleashed has transformed Vetwork to a more structured and data driven startup. It gave all stakeholders more confidence in our vision, and the company itself. We were able to fix our pricing and now we are able to generate and extra 60% on our check up fees, but our conversion rates were affected - positively. Now generating more per visit, and getting 20% more customers, only by the help of the Purina team fixing our pricing strategy.

Albert Icart

Kibus
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Unleashed is not like the other acceleration programs out there. The first day, you define a goal together, the goal that is already on your roadmap, the one that your startup needs to achieve; and then Purina becomes a hands on partner. Their best professionals work with you side by side, day after day, for months. Until you reach that goal. And you can imagine they know quite a lot about pet food and pet parents. No need to say the impact this can have on a pet food startup. What about all the other things, like money, connections, investors, recognition and so on. Well you get all of that as well. But to me the most important thing is the real acceleration your project gets.

Anja & Michael Geretschläger

Feragen
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I can only recommend the Unleashed program to all pet startups. The Unleashed team is ready and willing to put all their heart and soul into it and I am pretty sure you will not regret it. It is so great how you are supported here.

Simo Ellilä

EniferBio
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I can seriously recommend the Unleashed accelerator to any pet tech startup, or any startup looking to expand into the pet space. Purina's support and experts have been amazing throughout the program.

Andrea Arboleda

Knok
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We encourage all startups that feel passionate about pets to apply and join the Unleashed program. You'll be able to receive all the support you need to make your project reach all of it's potential. Thanks to Nestlé, Purina and all of our great partners, we turned our idea into a reality, and we hope that you can do so too.

Guillaume Brocard

Scorpet
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"Thanks to Unleashed, we were able to analyze the markets to better understand our future users and the features that they like. This helped us to implement a consistent communication and growth strategy, which we did not have before the accelerator"

Anssi Ruuhikorpi

Pawesomer
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"The Purina Unleashed team has been awesome helping us with out of the box thinking and helping us achieve our goals. They are really highly skilled professionals who truly know the pet business. I highly recommend you to participate in the program"

Max Swinscow

BioKind
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"For us, Unleashed has really functioned as a structured platform from which we can engage with Purina to the full. Startups joining the Unleashed program can expect a well-resourced and transparent co-development process with Purina across multiple business functions. From my experience, this is actually quite unique when starting a new relationship with a large corporate, and it's been an absolute joy to participate in"

Julien Tripet

Animoscope
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Being part of the Unleashed programme for Animoscope really has delivered it's business acceleration objective.

Michael White

PuppyFat
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What's impressed me the most has been the team, and how well suited they are to our project. Not only do they bring the expertise and the experience, but they've provided a huge amount of attitude and a brilliant enthusiasm, which has really meant that we've been able to deliver something special in our time at Unleashed.

Lou Cooperhouse

BlueNalu Innovations
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I’ve been so impressed with the Unleashed program, and rate this as an A++ among incubator models! It’s relevant to note that I’ve spent many years evaluating, building and leading business incubation programs worldwide, and serving on the board of a global network of business incubators too, and I’ve never seen a program as stellar as this one. The immersion and engagement by the Purina leadership team, working in close collaboration with leadership from each of the companies in the cohort, have enabled significant learning and the accomplishments of key milestones in a very short amount of time. Truly a win-win for all parties involved!

Rikke Rosenlund

Borrow My Doggy
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It's been great working with Purina. The Unleashed program is very well structured, and it is such an enjoyable experience working with the whole team. A big thank you for this opportunity. During the program, we progressed with some of the projects we wanted to push forward for sometime, in particular, with regards to developing our B2B business further. We have so much potential in that area, and it is exciting to see how much more we can do with Purina in the future, given we share so many of our basic beliefs. Unleashed has been a very useful opportunity to accelerate the development of our products together with the leader in pet care.

Giuseppe Sconti

Natu by NovaMeat
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Participating in Nestle Purina's Unleashed accelerator has been one of the best strategic decisions our startup took so far! Unleashed is a program that is action-packed: we were assigned a great team of experts from Purina that perfectly complemented our needs, we connected with top-level industry partners, and we were able to stress-test our business model in the real world of the pet care industry. Unleashed has been a very useful opportunity to accelerate the development of our products together with the leader in pet care.

Bruno Farinha

Petable
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The program has been extremely valuable for us because of 2 reasons: Operationally we could not have done it this way without the program and the huge support from the team. In terms of timeframe, it helped us to move the project, otherwise we will have it in the back drawers and say someday we will move it… If we were alone, we probably would have a harder time getting started. We really look forward to the next steps. We know that your team over here in Portugal is very excited about this and hopefully we can expand it to other countries as well.

Kathrin Burckhardt

Cat in a Flat
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Having worked for many years with large corporations in marketing before becoming an entrepreneur -  I do know the scale and nature of companies like Nestlé and Purina which can make it difficult for innovators to connect with them. I am hugely impressed how Unleashed enabled the introduction and support for small start-ups to work with Nestlé and Purina and allow cross-pollinating engagements. I have never seen this before in my professional life as a marketer and entrepreneur. This program is great and so well organised. We really appreciate the whole experience and the great professionalism behind it.

Noora Keskievari

One Mind Dogs
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I have been really impressed by Unleashed. I have been looking for different types of corporate programmes and this is something really unique. We have been able to work with the professional management team from Purina and their real customers, and that has been very valuable for us. Our Purina team is extremely fun and engaged and inspiring to work with!

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